Lobbying: Longtime aide cashes in after fixing Perry’s ‘oops’ image

Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s former campaign chairman, Jeff Miller (second from left), sat behind Perry during his Senate confirmation hearing (Credit: C-SPAN).

WASHINGTON, DC — “Jeff Miller directed Rick Perry’s 2016 presidential campaign and shepherded the Energy secretary through the Senate confirmation process. Now, he’s cashing in.

A handful of energy companies paid Miller’s recently launched lobbying practice $1.17 million through the first nine months of 2017, federal lobbying disclosures show.

The former Perry adviser is the only lobbyist listed in the disclosures. Miller Strategies LLC’s client roster includes a number of companies whose futures are closely intertwined with the Department of Energy.

FirstEnergy Corp., an Ohio-based utility with a floundering power plant division, has loudly advocated for DOE’s proposal to rewrite the rules governing wholesale electricity markets to favor coal and nuclear units. It retained Miller in August and paid his firm $110,000 in the third quarter to work on ‘issues associated with organized electricity markets.’

The engineering and design firm AECOM, which has a long history of seeking DOE contracts, has paid him $160,000 in 2017.”

— Benjamin Storrow, E&E News

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