Ocasio-Cortez rips presence of lobbyists at orientation event

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezNew York hates Amazon Tech looks for lessons from Amazon HQ2 fight 'Tax-the-rich' policies are all the rage in the US MORE (D-N.Y.) is criticizing the presence of lobbyists at a traditional bipartisan orientation program for newly elected congressional lawmakers.

"Our 'bipartisan' Congressional orientation is cohosted by a corporate lobbyist group. Other members have quietly expressed to me their concern that this wasn’t told to us in advance," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Thursday. "Lobbyists are here. Goldman Sachs is here. Where‘s labor? Activists? Frontline community leaders?"

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Ocasio-Cortez is in Cambridge, Mass., for the Program for Newly Elected Members of Congress. The program, which started in 1972, is hosted by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics in collaboration with the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Congressional Institute.

Andrew Schwartz, chief communications officer at CSIS, told The Hill the agenda had been sent out to participants on Nov. 8, two days after Election Day.

Lobbyists did participate in the program, according to the agenda.

Dan Meyer, the president of the Duberstein Group, Inc., a lobbying firm, spoke on a panel entitled, “White House Congressional Relations: How to Advocate for Your Priorities” on Wednesday alongside the firm’s vice president, Anne Wall.

Joining them on the panel were CVS Health’s vice president of federal affairs, Amy Rosenbaum, who is a former aide to former President Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiThe national emergency will haunt Republicans come election season On unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 National emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win MORE (D-Calif.), as well as Oracle’s vice president for government affairs, Josh Pitcock, a former aide to Vice President Pence.

Duberstein Group, CVS and Oracle did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Hill.

The agenda also included Gary CohnGary David CohnChristie: Trump doesn’t give nicknames to people he respects On The Money: Congress pivots to prevent another shutdown | Trump hits Venezuelan oil company with sanctions | US criminal charges filed against Huawei | Next round of China trade talks set | Forecasts raise doubt on Trump’s economic goals Gary Cohn joked about sending Trump to help Brexit talks: report MORE, former president of Goldman Sachs and former director of the National Economic Council.

Cohn spoke on a panel with Jason FurmanJason FurmanFact-checker: Ocasio-Cortez's 'doctored documents' claim 'misleading,' but gets no Pinocchios WaPo fact-checker fires back at Ocasio-Cortez criticism over rating: 'She's wrong' The need for transparency and reform in proxy voting MORE, former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under Obama, Karen Dynan, former assistant secretary for economic policy and chief economist at the Treasury Department and Michael Strain, director of economic policy studies and resident scholar at AEI, according to the agenda obtained by The Hill.

“To state the obvious, Gary left here almost two years ago and does not speak for the firm,” a spokesperson for Goldman Sachs told the Hill.

A discussion with business leaders was held Wednesday morning and included General Motors CEO Mary Barra, Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky and Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg. 

General Motors and Johnson & Johnson did not immediately return requests for comment from The Hill. Boeing declined to comment.