Friday, February 8, 2019

Carlyle Promotes Lobbyist Stacey Dion

GovConWire reported:

Stacey Dion, a managing director of The Carlyle Group (Nasdaq: CG), has been promoted to global head of government affairs at the Washington, D.C.-based private equity firm.

In her new role, she will work with the company’s senior executives and investment professionals in efforts to drive its legislative and regulatory efforts, Carlyle said Wednesday.

Before she joined the investment firm in 2016, she was vice president of corporate public policy at Boeing (NYSE: BA).
Dion was Policy Advisor and Counsel to Republican House Leader John Boehner from 2007-2008.
That's the period of the Financial Crisis that produced TARP and multiple government programs that enriched Carlyle (BankUnited, Boston Private Financial).

Dion served as Carlyle's lobbyist since 2016.  Carlyle spent $590,000 on lobbying in 2018 and $390,000 in 2017.  Last year Dion lobbied for Carlyle on the following issues:

  • Issues related to corporate tax reform (H.R. 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act); issues related to Opportunity Zones; TCJA (H.R. 1) Regulations
  • Issues related to infrastructure and public-private partnerships (P3s)
  • Issues related to EPA administered program; H.R.8 - Water Resources Development Act of 2018, provisions related to the use of Army Corps data by non-federal interests
  • H.R. 4267 - Small Business Credit Availability Act, provisions related to leverage ratio
A similar era as the Fall 2008 Financial Crisis may be nearing.  At risk is corporate junk debt issued by the likes of Carlyle and its PEU brethren.  

I'm sure GHGA Dion has many willing listeners on Capital Hill.  America's Red and Blue political teams love PEU.  Add that Fed Chair Jerome Powell and Vice Chair Randall Quarles have Carlyle Group pedigrees.  Dion, Congress and the Fed to the PEU rescue?