Mike Hardiman

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Mike Hardiman founded Hardiman Consulting, a public relations and lobbying company in 1999 after a seven-year stint working as press secretary and adviser for Congressman Richard Pombo (R-CA) on endangered species and other natural resources issues. [1]

Returns lodged by Hardiman with the U.S. Senate reveal that the lobbying portion of his business had a small client base.[2]

Hardiman worked for the American Conservative Union until July 15 2001, earning $20,000 from them for the January to June period that year. At the end of July, his thirteen-month stint representing the American Trucking Association also came to an end.

His other major client was ALRA, a Wise Use Movement property rights group led by Chuck Cushman, though the ALRA web site lists Hardiman on its staff pages. [3] His $40,000 a year work for them as a lobbyist came to an end on February 27, 2004. [4] His registration for a Pennsylvania farmer - disclosed as being less than $20,000 in a year - came to an end at the same time.

Hardiman has testified before United States Senate and House committees and state legislatures on land use issues.[5] [6] [7][8][9] He was named Advocate of the Year by the Property Rights Foundation of America for his role in defeating a $47 billion land acquisition trust fund proposed in congress. [10]

In June 2002, Hardiman, wearing his American Land Rights Association (ALRA) hat, co-signed a letter initiated by the Competitive Enterprise Institute to George W. Bush attacking the Environmental Protection Agency's scientific assessment of climate change. In 2003, Hardiman and 32 other co-signatories wrote to House International Relations Committee Chairman Henry Hyde expressing their concern "about the approach Congress is taking to climate change policy". [11]

On September 3, 2002, he founded and served as Executive Director of Public Interest Watch (PIW), a group that lobbied the Internal Revenue Service to withdraw the charitable tax-status for environmental groups such as Greenpeace, the Rainforest Action Network and the Dogwood Alliance. [12]

In February 2004, Hardiman left PIW to work in Iraq as a civilian employee of the U.S. Department of Defense. [13]

Hardiman worked for the National Federation of Independent Business[14] in early 2006. He then re-established his public relations and lobbying operation, Hardiman Consulting. Included among his current clients is the American Land Rights Association, for which he registered to lobby in July 2006.

Mr. Hardiman holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification awarded by the Project Management Institute [15].

Contact information

Michael Hardiman
507 Seward Square, SE
Washington DC 20003
Phone 202-531-2290
Fax 202-543-7126
Email hardimanmike AT yahoo.com
Web: http://www.hardimanconsulting.com

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