Tom Feeney

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Family and early life

Law firm and lobbying

[Feeney was most likely the registered agent for Yang Enterprises right from when it was founded in 1986.]

Florida legislative career

US House career

Life after politics


Conflicts of interest


Yang Enterprises ties


Abramoff lobbying

9/11 foreknowledge

Main article: 9/11


Political connections

  • Bush family

  • Florida state government

Corporate connections

See also


  1. Orlando Sentinel, "Previous speakers have lobbied, but only after leaving office", 2001/11/20: "It is not a violation of state ethics law to serve" as a state legislator and to lobby local governments. It is a violation, however, to serve as a state legislator and lobby state government. [...] No other speaker in state history is thought to have served as a lobbyist while presiding over the House. Eight of the past 10 speakers have become lobbyists, but only after leaving office. One, Bolley "Bo" Johnson, left a federal prison earlier this year after serving a two-year term for income-tax invasion, in part for money received while he was speaker from a business lobbying the state. [...] While there is no central record-keeping, experts say Feeney is the only member of the 160-person Legislature known to be a registered lobbyist anywhere in Florida. Feeney is registered to lobby in Orange for: Republic Services Inc., the massive waste-hauling firm owned by Republican Party donor Wayne Huizenga, who is the founder and former owner of both the Florida Marlins and Blockbuster Entertainment. Yang Enterprises Inc., an Oviedo-based computer-programming and data-storage company. Wackenhut Inc., the massive South Florida-based security company that runs two of the state's five privately run prisons."
  2. UPI, "Elections 2002: Fla 24, hoping to move up", 2002/10/21 - attacks against Feeney in his 2002 campaign over influence peddling: "Attorney Harry Edwards of Sanford, Fla., said during Feeney's 12 years in the House he used his influence to get government contracts for his law firm's clients, Yang Enterprises computer company and the Wackenhut security firm. "You claim it's legal. I think it's wrong, and it certainly doesn't passthe smell test," said Edwards in one of a series of debates."
  3. Brad Friedman, "Uncovered Email 'Contradicts' Feeney Statements to 'Florida Commission on Ethics'!", 2004/12/30
  4. Brad Friedman, "'New Times Broward-Palm Beach' Jumps into Feeney, Yang (YEI), Curtis Fray! [UPDATED]", 2005/02/08 - article about Feeney's continuing relationship to YEI
  5. Brad Friedman, "Feeney Caught Lying Again About His Association with Yang Enterprises!", 2005/02/28
  6. Clint Curtis, Just a Fly on the Wall, p.34: "The Bush people were going to capitalize on an event that would allow them to lead through fear. “If you can keep people afraid they are easy to manipulate.”"
    Clint Curtis's account of Feeney alluding to 9/11

External links

  • United States Congress bio for Tom Feeney: "FEENEY, Tom, a Representative from Florida; born in Abington, Montgomery County, Pa., May 21, 1958; B.A., Penn State University, State College, Pa., 1980; J.D., University of Pittsburgh, Oakland, Pa., 1983; lawyer, private practice; member of the Florida state house of representatives, 1990-1994, 1996-2002; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Eighth Congress and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2003-January 3, 2009); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Eleventh Congress in 2008."

Legal career

Florida state house

  • Mention of Feeney being named National Outstanding Legislative Member of the Year by ALEC in 1992
  • Heritage Foundation, "School Choice Programs: What's Happening In The States" by Allyson M. Tucker and William F. Lauber, 1995/03 - in 1994, Feeney sponsored a school voucher law in the Florida legislature: "State Representative Tom Feeney and State Senator John Grant, both Republicans, introduced the Parental Choice in Education Act (HB 583/SB 1302). The bill would have given parents educational certificates to send their children to the public or private school of their choice. It also would have established Public Schools of Excellence."
  • Jeb Bush gubernatorial campaign in 1994
    • Miami New Times, "Road Show", 1994/08/10
      • "[...] The Bushcapade will include a lead car, a minivan, and the rather luxurious Coachmaster motor home for Bush, his wife Columba, son George, running mate Tom Feeney (a state representative from Orlando), and later Feeney's wife Ellen."
      • "Thirty-six-year-old Feeney knows his place in this campaign. More conservative than his running mate, he has been called Jeb Bush's Dan Quayle. "There were two things said about Quayle that nobody who knows me has said about me," Feeney counters. "One was that he stepped on his tongue while he was talking; in other words, that he wasn't terribly articulate. And the other was that he wasn't very bright, that Marilyn was the brains of the family. Well," he smiles, "to some extent Ellen is the brains in our family. I'm not denying that. [Ellen Feeney is a chemical engineer at the Kennedy Space Center.] But even my colleagues in the House will tell you that they think I am one of the best debaters. They will also tell you I am more a policy wonk than anybody in either the Senate or the House.""
    • From p.108-110 of Jeb by S. V. Date - questions why Jeb picked an extremist like Feeney: "In 1994, making his first run for any sort of government office, Jeb Bush chose as his running mate a man who openly hated government even more than Jeb did: Tom Feeney."
  • New York Times, "Legislator's Departure in Sex Case Unsettles Christian Faction", 1996/03/24: "But the Republicans have produced another favorite of Christian conservatives, Tom Feeney, a former state representative from Orlando who ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in Jeb Bush's gubernatorial ticket in 1994. Mr. Feeney, who has to move to the district to run, said he doubted that Mr. Couch's arrest would have any political impact. "I guess some people may raise the hypocrisy issue but the simple fact is no one's perfect," he said."

YEI controversy

US House

Life after Congress

  • Politico, "Karl Rove accosted by ex-GOP chief of staff", 2009/04/09: "Former Bush adviser Karl Rove was verbally accosted Thursday evening by an ex-chief of staff to former Rep. Tom Feeney (R-Fla.). Rove was quietly having dinner at the tony restaurant Charlie Palmer Steak on Capitol Hill when he was aggressively approached by Jason Roe, the former Feeney staffer. Roe, now of Federal Strategy Group, was "loud and boisterous" toward Rove. He was apparently (still) upset over the following comments Rove made on Fox News, the day after the election, in which Feeney — along with many other Republicans — went down in flames. [...] Roe: "I don't know that I'm famous, but I'm Tom Feeney's former chief of staff, and I'm offended by your comments on Fox about Tom. You guys wouldn't be in the White House without Tom. And you made these really degrading comments about him that offended a lot of people." (Sidenote: Tom Feeney was the speaker of the Florida House of Representatives during the whole Bush/Gore 2000 recount.) Rove: "Well, I have a file on the things Tom Feeney said about George Bush." Roe: "That says more about you than me that you kept a file on Tom Feeney. This guy was so restrained in his desire to criticize the president — even against this staff's advice." [...] Rumor has it Rove was waiting to have dinner with former RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman."
  • South Florida Business Journal, "Tom Feeney to lead Associated Industries of Florida", 2011/12/15

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