Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Business Side of State Dinners

The Thanksgiving week state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Singh seemed a touch off base, given the holiday's Indian or Native American origins. Setting that aside, several business dignitaries attended the soiree. They include:
Jeff Immelt, General Electric CEO Neal Wolin, Deputy Secretary of Treasury (formerly of The Hartford, insurance) Michael Bloomberg, NYC Mayor (owner of Bloomberg) Nancy Ann DeParle, White House Health Czar (formerly of CCMP Capital) General James L. Jones, National Security Adviser (formerly on the Chevron Board & head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's 21st Century Energy initiative) David Cote, Honeywell CEO, JP Morgan Board of Directors Jim Crown, President of Henry Crown & Company Jackie Clegg Dodd, Member of five corporate boards including CME Group, Managing Partner of Clegg International Consultants, LLC, wife of Senator Chris Dodd John Doerr, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (private equity underwriter) & Google board member Mark Gorenberg, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners & donor Earl Graves, Earl G. Graves Publishing Rajat Gupta, McKinsey & Company, Board of Directors Goldman Sachs & others George Haywood, Obama contributor, financial adviser and former bond trader Moore Capital Management Chris Hughes, Facebook founder Vernon Jordan, Director of numerous corporate boards Matrice Ellis-Kirk, Managing Partner Heidrick & Struggles, former board member Ace Cash Express Marc Lasry, Avenue Capital Group Brian Mathis, Provident Group Martin Nesbit, CEO of The Parking Spot Jim Owens, CEO of Caterpillar Colin Powell, Strategic Limited Partner Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Penny Pritzker, Board chair & director John Rogers, Ariel Capital Management & Goldman Sachs Board Secretary Marie Therese Royce, Alcatel- Lucent Public Affairs Jim Sullivan, Public Relations Consultant
Heads of trade groups or lobbying firms:
Andy Stern, President Service Employees International Union Charlene Gaynor, CEO of Association of Educational Publishers Robert Creamer, lobbyist with Strategic Consulting Group Bob Bauer, registered lobbyist with Perkins Coie LLC Hunter Biden, lobbyist Marland Buckner, lobbying firm owner Lucy Calautti, lobbyist for Major League Baseball & Senator Conrad's 2nd wife, she is a registered lobbyist Kathleen May joined Rep. Steny Hoyer. Is it lobbyist Kathleen May? Newt Minow, Sidley Austin LLP (not a registered lobbyist) Kathryn Thomson, Partner at Sidley Austin
Members of the media:
Robin Roberts, ABC Brian Williams, NBC News Katie Couric, CBS News Tom Friedman, NYT Fareed Zakaria, Newsweek & CNN Gayle King, editor Oprah magazine
However, two attendees may be a tad embarrassed:
Char Lugar for her DUI arrest after a traffic accident in McLean, Virginia. Rep. Jan Schakowsky for Sibel Edmonds' testimony. Her husband Bob Creamer is capable of advising her on standing straight.

Hopefully loved ones kept them out of any trouble. I trust the mainstream media to delve into the entertainment side of the invitee list. What about the donor element? Will the White House get the free pass given to Bush's Dover Sole with Queen Elizabeth? Illumination of business dignitaries, that's my contribution to open and transparent government. Some oligarchs made the White House visitor list more than once. The visitor list has a private equity underwriter (PEU) taint.

Update 10-4-21:  Hunter Biden lobbyist and future PEU.  Hunter still owns 10% of a Chinese private equity firm through Skaneateles LLC.  Hunter is the sole owner of Skaneateles.