Bob’s Big Boys
Sen. Bob Menendez’s (D., N.J.) son is employed by his top campaign contributor and earmarks requested by the senator have greatly benefitted the firm’s clients, a Free Beacon analysis shows.
The top contributor to Menendez between 2007 and 2012 is the law firm and lobbyist outfit Lowenstein Sandler. The firm contributed $116,160 to Menendez during the 2012 campaign cycle, according to campaign finance records.
Menendez’s son Robert Jr. is employed by Lowenstein Sandler and is currently listed as an associate.
Lowenstein Sandler’s lobbying arm, Issues Management, has clients ranging from rehabilitation centers to universities and developers. While Issues Management lobbies at the state and not the federal level, some of its clients have done quite well in securing funding for their companies and projects through earmarks requested by Menendez and Senator Frank Lautenberg.
More than $250 million was approved for New Jersey projects and programs in the 2010 Omnibus Appropriations Bill.
Saint Barnabas Health Care received $300,000, Fairleigh Dickinson University received $500,000, and Somerset Medical Center received $600,000.
All of these organizations are clients of Issues Management, according to its website.
One lawyer at the firm, Zulima Farber, was awarded the Evangelina Menendez Trailblazer Award by Menendez. Named after the senator’s mother, the award is given to New Jersey women each year who have made “outstanding contributions to the Garden State.”