Max Baucus is second, behind only Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, in number of staffers in OpenSecrets’ “Revolving Door” database. He has played a key role in tax law and healthcare reform, and his staffer-lobbyist network has been intimately involved, as well. I’ll write in more detail on this later, but, in the wake of this morning’s news of Baucus’ retirement, I thought I’d point you to some highlights of the recent years:
- Upon taking control of Congress in 2007, Baucus joined with his House counterpart, Charlie Rangel, to form the Baucus-Rangel Leadership Fund, a joint fundraising committee. They mostly raised money from real estate developers while crowing about tax reform.
- Baucus was intimately tied, through former staffers and PAC money, to Philip Morris. Baucus was also a sponsor of the “Marlboro Monopoly Act,” which benefited Philip Morris.