CommunityMy FDL

‘Pivotal’ Obama Campaigner Lobbied White House on Keystone XL Pipeline Project

Sit-In in Front of the White House, August 25, 2011 (photo: Ben Powless/tarsandsaction/flickr)

In 2010, Jeff Berman, a prominent member of the 2008 Obama election team and the Democratic National Committee, was listed in the US lobbyist registry as working on behalf of the Transcanada Pipeline, the company behind the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline project.

The firm Brian Cave LLP, where Berman works in the Public Policy and Government Affairs group, was paid $240,000 for Berman to “monitor climate change legislation and presidential permit process for TransCanada Keystone.” Berman is listed as the lobbyist working on this piece of work and has him representing the views of Transcanada to the Executive Office of the President, State Department, House of Representatives and US Senate.

The Keystone pipeline project has been a political hot potato for US President Obama, with the progressive community and many of his supporters publicly opposing the pipeline that would greatly increase the import to the US of unrefined tar sand oil from Canada.

The controversy around the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline came to a head in August 2011 last year when over a thousand protesters were arrested out front of the White House.

According to his official bio, Berman served in 2008 as the National Delegate Director for the Obama presidential campaign and is “an active member of the Democratic National Committee, and served on the Democratic Change Commission, which was established to improve national Democratic Party rules following the 2008 presidential election.”

In 2008 Politico article, Berman is described as “pivotal to Obama’s success” and the Obama campaign’s “unsung hero.”

The Keystone XL pipeline project was postponed in early 2012 when President Obama denied the permit for the XL construction to proceed stating that further assessment of the pipeline’s impacts were required. 

In February, 2012 the environmental group Friends of the Earth sued the State Department citing campaign connections (including Berman) as possibly biasing the final decision on the Keystone project.

CommunityFDL Main Blog

‘Pivotal’ Obama Campaigner Lobbied White House on Keystone XL Pipeline Project

Sit-In in Front of the White House, August 25, 2011 (photo: Ben Powless/tarsandsaction/flickr)

In 2010, Jeff Berman, a prominent member of the 2008 Obama election team and the Democratic National Committee, was listed in the US lobbyist registry as working on behalf of the Transcanada Pipeline, the company behind the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline project.

The firm Brian Cave LLP, where Berman works in the Public Policy and Government Affairs group, was paid $240,000 for Berman to “monitor climate change legislation and presidential permit process for TransCanada Keystone.” Berman is listed as the lobbyist working on this piece of work and has him representing the views of Transcanada to the Executive Office of the President, State Department, House of Representatives and US Senate.

The Keystone pipeline project has been a political hot potato for US President Obama, with the progressive community and many of his supporters publicly opposing the pipeline that would greatly increase the import to the US of unrefined tar sand oil from Canada.

The controversy around the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline came to a head in August 2011 last year when over a thousand protesters were arrested out front of the White House.

Jeffrey G. Berman

According to his official bio, Berman served in 2008 as the National Delegate Director for the Obama presidential campaign and is “an active member of the Democratic National Committee, and served on the Democratic Change Commission, which was established to improve national Democratic Party rules following the 2008 presidential election.”

In 2008 Politico article, Berman is described as “pivotal to Obama’s success” and the Obama campaign’s “unsung hero.”

The Keystone XL pipeline project was postponed in early 2012 when President Obama denied the permit for the XL construction to proceed stating that further assessment of the pipeline’s impacts were required.

In February, 2012 the environmental group Friends of the Earth sued the State Department citing campaign connections (including Berman) as possibly biasing the final decision on the Keystone project.

Previous post

Pennsylvania Voter ID Case Heard Before State Supreme Court

Next post

Fed Announces Open-Ended QE3

Kevin Grandia

Kevin Grandia

As the DeSmogBlog's Operations Manager, Kevin oversees the six-person team of contributors, orchestrates large-scale research campaigns, and manages the blog’s timely and thought-provoking content. Kevin is also responsible for the successful Canadian and U.S. media and blogger relations campaigns that have garnered the DeSmogBlog coverage in major media outlets.

Kevin is also a regular contributor on Huffington Post and other media outlets such as the Guardian Online.

Kevin has nine years of experience in communications with the last three spent entirely in the area of new media. Kevin is also the Director of New Media at the Vancouver Public Relations company, Hoggan & Associates and is well-known for his expertise in the areas of social media marketing, online communications, blogging, search engine optimization.

Kevin is the co-founder of a national online project called Vote For Environment (www.voteforenvironment.ca) that has been nominated for a World Summit Award, an international award in recognizing the world's best e-Content and innovative ICT applications.

Prior to DeSmogBlog, Kevin served as a communications advisor in the areas of health care, Canadian heritage and Asia-Pacific trade. Kevin’s areas of expertise also include government relations, crisis communications, event planning and media relations.

Kevin Grandia has been trained by Al Gore as part of The Climate Project, an initiative designed to educate the public about climate change.

24 Comments