Kirk Blalock

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Kirk Blalock, a former Bush administration official and adviser to Philip Morris, is a partner in the Washington D.C.-based lobbying firm, Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock. He joined the lobbying firm in November of 2002 and became a name partner in October of 2003.[1]

Working for Philip Morris

Blalock was an employee of Philip Morris Corporate Affairs Department (PM). In February 1999 he was Manager of Public Affairs for PM.[2]

Kirk Blalock was involved with PM's corporate contributions with think tanks sending funding requests -- typically in the range of $50,000 to $200,000 -- to Blalock. Organizations PM favored needed only write a one or two-line letter requesting the funding they sought and send it to Kirk Blalock for approval.[3][4][5]

Biography

A biographical note states that Blalock was a Special Assistant to President George W. Bush and Deputy Director, White House Office of Public Liaison. "At the White House, Blalock managed and coordinated all White House public affairs, outreach and coalition development activities for the Executive Office of the President with the Business Community. He also worked closely with the President’s Office of Legislative Affairs, Office of Strategic Initiatives and Office of Political Affairs to promote and support Presidential Initiatives on a local, state and national basis. In addition, Blalock coordinated with the National Economic Council, the President’s Council of Economic Advisors, the Office of Management and Budget, the U.S. Department of Treasury, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Office of Policy Development on all Presidential Initiatives related to business and the economy," it states.[1]

In 2001, when Blalock was Deputy Director of the Office of Public Liaison in the Bush administration, and he was an aide to Bush's political advisor Karl Rove. Blalock was paid $70,000/year in salary.[6]

Affiliations

Prior to working for the Bush administration Blalock was[1]:

Articles and Resources

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Kirk Blalock, Partner", Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock website, accessed March 2009.
  2. Grover Norquist ({{Americans for Tax Reform]]), "Letter to Kirk Blalock, Manager of Public Affairs, Philip Morris", February 22, 1999. Bates Number 2065243785.
  3. J. Berthod, National Taxpayers Union Untitled letter requesting a grant of $50,000 from Philip Morris Letter. 1 page. February 5, 1999. Bates No. 2073204302
  4. Eric Licht, Coalitions for America Untitled letter requesting $50,000 for Coalitions for America Letter. 1 pp. April 6, 1999. Bates No. 2065243719
  5. Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform Formal request for $250,000 in general support for the work of Americans for Tax Reform. May 19, 1999. Bates No. 2065282601
  6. "White House Paychecks", Washington Post, undated but in 2001.

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