Ocasio-Cortez rips presence of lobbyists at orientation event

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezMichael Steele: A missed opportunity at holding banks accountable House Dem dismisses impeachment push: 'I'd rather defeat' Trump at ballot box Tlaib rallies in support of Green New Deal at Detroit town hall 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 PelosiSenate Republicans tested on Trump support after Mueller End of Mueller shifts focus to existing probes Democrats renew attacks on Trump attorney general 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 CohnTrump frustrated with aides who talked to Mueller Hillicon Valley: White House rejects Dem request for AT&T merger docs | Apple, Qualcomm end massive court fight | Ecuador says it faced 40M cyberattacks after Assange arrest | SpaceX wins NASA contract to fly craft into asteroid White House rejects House Dems' request for documents on AT&T-Time Warner merger MORE, former president of Goldman Sachs and former director of the National Economic Council.

Cohn spoke on a panel with Jason FurmanJason FurmanThe Hill's Morning Report - Dems contemplate big election and court reforms On The Money: Trump presses GM, union to start talks over closed plant | Trump renews call to cut arts, PBS funding | Alan Krueger, former Obama economic adviser, dies at 58 | Americans expected to bet .5B on March Madness Alan Krueger, former chief Obama economic adviser, dies at 58 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.