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Ladenburgs re-emerge: Power couple starts lobbying firm

Post by John Henrikson / The News Tribune on Feb. 5, 2010 at 12:16 pm with 9 Comments »
February 5, 2010 12:16 pm

This will be of big interest to Pierce County politics watchers. Former County Executive John Ladenburg and his wife, former Tacoma City Councilwoman Connie Ladenburg are setting up shop as a downtown government affairs firm offering “direct lobbying, grassroots lobbying and non-profit advocacy.” Staying with the family theme, they will be affiliated with their sons’ law firm. (No they are not calling it “Ladenburg, Ladenburg, Ladenburg and Ladenburg,” it’s Ladenburg Law: Governmental Affairs.)

The power couple has been out of power after being term-limited from their posts. After an unsuccessful run for state attorney general, speculation was that John might be up for a Obama Administration regional appointment and that Connie might be appointed to a two-year vacancy on the City Council. Most recently, John emerged as COO of the Cascadia mega-development. He’ll continue in that role, according to the release below.

For Immediate Release: February 3, 2010
Contact: John Ladenburg (253) 241-1311

Ladenburgs Open Governmental Affairs Firm
Firm will be called Ladenburg Law: Governmental Affairs and offer services in direct lobbying, grassroots lobbying and non-profit advocacy

Tacoma—Connie Ladenburg, former two-term Tacoma City Councilmember along with her husband John Ladenburg, former 14 year prosecutor and 8 year Executive of Pierce County are opening a governmental affairs firm strategically affiliated with their sons’ (Erik Ladenburg and John Ladenburg Jr.) law firm, Ladenburg Law, located in downtown Tacoma. “After giving 35 years of public service to Tacoma and to Pierce County we are offering our expertise to profit and non-profit organizations and causes that we believe in,” stated John Ladenburg.

David Sawyer, one of President Obama’s first 25 staffers in the historic Iowa Caucus and former campaign manager for John Ladenburg for Attorney General will also be joining the firm. David’s organizational, grassroots, and political skills will help clients navigate all levels of government issues.

John Ladenburg will serve as president of the company. Connie Ladenburg and David Sawyer will serve as vice-presidents.

Ladenburg Law: Governmental Affairs (LLGA) provides professional consulting services to clients and their organizations. LLGA has special knowledge and understanding of the City of Tacoma, Pierce County, and the small cities and towns within Pierce County. The staff has worked for and with these governments for over 35 years, giving them the knowledge and expertise to maneuver within the systems. In addition to a combined 35 years in elected offices, John and Connie Ladenburg have been in leadership positions throughout Puget Sound, giving them unique contacts in King, Snohomish, Kitsap and Thurston counties.

John and Connie both served on the Puget Sound Regional Council of Governments, with John serving as President for two terms. John also served as Chair of Sound Transit for four years and as Chair of Pierce Transit and the R.A.M.P coalition, giving the firm unique insight into transportation issues. John was a founding member of the Prosperity Partnership and Chair of the Puget Sound Economic Development Board in addition to serving on the Tacoma Pierce County Economic Board, providing leadership in business development and business to government concerns. Connie has served on many boards and committees with a focus on public safety, human services and the environment.

LLGA’s consultants also have experience in grass roots efforts, coalition building, campaign work, and advocacy – skills needed to advance the messages of clients. LLGA works at the local and state level, influencing public policy, in order to promote and advocate on behalf of their clients.

John Ladenburg will continue to work full time for Cascadia LLC, the Northwest’s sustainable eco-city, as Chief Operating Officer and will serve as president of Ladenburg Law: Governmental Affairs simultaneously.

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  1. thurber says:

    This explains many of their decisions while in office: they choose the side of power, money, social ambition.

    Neither Tacoma nor Pierce County requires lobbying disclosure like the state does. This should be changed.

  2. Caperon says:

    Very excited for John and Connie,

    Glad they can still help actually get something done in this backwards political town.


    Pierce County does require lobbying disclosure but only recently

  3. thurber says:

    Thank you Caperon. That’s good news.

  4. S_Emerson says:

    Yes, Pierce County requires lobbyists to register, however they’ve admitted they have no authority whatsoever over lobbyists, nor can they make known lobbyists register as lobbyists.

    Point in fact – Tiffany Spier of the Master Builders Association, and Catherine Rudolph of the T-PC Association of Realtors–both of whom call themselves “Government Relations” for their organizations, lobby the County Council often, yet they do not check the little box on the sign-in sheet to indicate they’re lobbyists. When I inquired about this, I was told that not only do they not have to check the box, they don’t even have to register as lobbyists, and no one can do a thing about it.

    The County Ethics Reform, which included the lobbyists-registration requirement, has gaping holes in it.

  5. ldozy1234 says:

    Considering the extremely hostile voting public this duet left here, this will be interesting.
    Is any company, group etc that stupid to hire them? I would think using either of their names on any document is enough to draw fire and lose any public backing.
    Wondered what they’d come up with since John lost out on the EPA position. Guess even Norm Dicks couldn’t pull that appointment out of the “Ladenburg legacy” mud.
    If capabilities as Cascada COO is any indication, maybe karma will finally be served if the senior L’s have dedicated their own finances backing this new venture………………..
    But why does their venture rate free PR press to being with?

  6. the3rdpigshouse says:

    Now I know why Connie wanted to change term limits for the Tacoma City Council when she was ending her second teerm – noone else would hire her for a real job!!!

  7. If you can’t get elected by the people to continue suckling from the public teat, then go out on your own and all those people that rubbed elbows with you at all those Rich-Boy-Club, $150.00/plate Dinners will come and pay you to continue your high-falutin’, teat-nipping ways.
    My dear God, people! Go out and find an HONEST J-O-B!!!
    I wouldn’t hire them to host a Cub Scout Car Wash!

  8. Here’s a hint, Con n’ John: Go to Bates, take some classes and go get a real J-O-B. Do some HONEST work for once in your pampered lives.
    I wouldn’t hire them to host a Cub Scout Car Wash.

  9. justfacts says:

    Maybe they would like to help take more property from individuals, like John Ladenburg helped to do while Chair at Sound Transit.

    Watch for them to get behind new government “Community Renewal” laws, that would “blight” properties prior to taking them from original owners, so that they can be transferred to others (corporations) to increase the tax base for cities.

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