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Pioneer Profiles: George W. Bush's $100,000 Club
Name: Frederick L. Webber
Occupation: CEO & President, Chemical Manufacturers Association
Industry: Energy & Natural Resources
Home: Arlington, Virginia


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Fred Webber is the Eveready Bunny of special-interest lobbying, hopping from one tarnished trade group to another. After a decade as a paper industry PR flak, Webber became an executive at the Edison Electric Institute (see Pioneer Tom Kuhn) in time for Three Mile Island. Months after the $1-billion disaster in ’79, Edison dispatched Webber to convince senators that a bill to shut down nukes without adequate emergency-response plans would be “a major step backward.” After a stint as head of the National Soft Drink Association, Webber answered the ’88 call of the pariah S&L industry to find somebody—anybody!—to take over the U.S. League of Savings Institutions. The Clinton administration offended Webber in his current role as the No. 1 chemical lobbyist when it issued executive orders in ’93 directing federal agencies to reduce purchases of products containing harmful chemicals. Webber blasted the executive order as an “end-run around Congress,” though his group aired no such complaint when President Bush’s Council on Competitiveness used such orders to gut environmental rules. Webber once did Labor and Treasury Department stints in the Nixon and Ford Administrations.

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