Reid’s Tax, Economic Adviser: Via G.E.

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Senator Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, on the Capitol.

The official biography of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s newest senior staff member is just a bit incomplete.

The Nevada Democrat announced today the hiring of Cathy Koch, former chief tax counsel to the Senate Finance Committee, as his adviser on tax and economic policy.

In a statement calling her his “go-to person” on taxes, Reid noted Koch’s experience in the public and private sector and her doctorate in economics.

What he didn’t mention is what Koch has been doing for the past few years.

Since 2010, she has been a registered lobbyist for General Electric Co., which has a long list of tax policy preferences in front of the Senate.


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