John Boehner Is Now Advising a Major Washington Law Firm

Key Speakers At The 2016 SALT Conference
John Boehner, former U.S. House Speaker, listens during the Skybridge Alternatives (SALT) conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., on Thursday, May 12, 2016. The SALT Conference facilitates balanced discussions and debates on macroeconomic trends, geopolitical events, and alternative investment opportunities within the context of a dynamic global economy.
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Now that John Boehner is no longer House speaker, he has no problem cashing in on jobs with big-money lobbyists.

International law firm Squire Patton Boggs, which spent almost $32 million on D.C. lobbying efforts in 2014, announced Tuesday that Boehner is its newest strategic advisor, according to a press release. But the firm told Politico Boehner wouldn’t be doing any lobbying: Instead, he’ll specialize in “global business management.”

“With Speaker Boehner joining our team, we’re better positioned than ever to grow our brand throughout the world and to fully capitalize on our integrated global platform,” Boggs chairman and global CEO Mark Ruehlmann said.

Boggs’ client list includes major corporate campaign and political action committees (PACs) like AT&T, Boehner’s biggest campaign donor from 2009-2012, according to OpenSecrets.


The law firm has also worked for the Las Vegas Sands casino corporation, which gave Boehner $50,600 in 2014 and copper producer Freeport-McMoRan, which gave the former Ohio lawmaker $40,800 the same year.

“I left the private sector and got into public service decades ago because I wanted to help remove government barriers to economic growth and job creation, and that’s still the mission that drives me,” Boehner said. “My role with Squire Patton Boggs will give me the opportunity to engage with leaders in business and government throughout the world and help them work through the challenges they face, as part of a world-class team.”

Last week, Big Tobacco’s Reynolds American (RAI) announced Boehner was joining its company board to serve on its corporate governance, nominating and sustainability committee, a position that pays an estimated $400,000 annually, according to Politico. That’s almost double Boehner’s $223,500 yearly income on The Hill.

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