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Andrew Schauder is a consultant with the Ashcroft Group, a Washington, DC-based lobbying firm founded by former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft in May 2005. He joined the firm as a consultant in 2009.
The focus of the firm is "strategic consulting, security and internal investigative services, and crisis counseling," for countries, corporations and industry and political associations, reported The Hill. O'Dwyer's PR Daily described the firm's anticipated work as to advise "countries on how to beef up law enforcement capabilities and best combat terror" and "U.S. companies on homeland security and governance issues."
Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council
As an Ashcroft Group consultant, Schauder represents client American Traffic Solutions, a provider of "road safety camera and electronic toll enforcement programs," as a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Public Safety and Elections Task Force. He led discussion of "ALEC and Automated Enforcement Devices" at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting Public Safety and Elections Task Force meeting. On April 13, 2012, ATS announced that it would not renew its ALEC membership in June 2012.
To see a list of ALEC's current and former staff, visit the ALEC Staff page.
Previously, Schauder was the ALEC Director of Federal Affairs. Schauder has touted the following accomplishments during his time at ALEC. "He created and managed a federal outreach program that increased the visibility and effectiveness of the organization and its members. Andrew built unprecedented levels of participation and engagement between ALEC’s public and private sector members and Congress." 
While he was at ALEC in 2005, Schauder's salary paid by ALEC was $79,625. 
ALEC is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy's ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our ExposedbyCMD.org site.
U.S. Department of Labor
Previously, Schauder was Acting Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) under Secretary Elaine L. Chao. According to his Ashcroft Group biography, at this time he "was a member of the Management Review Board and chaired the grants review team."
U.S. Justice Department
From 2001 to 2005, Schauder was Special Assistant to the Attorney General in the Office of Legal Policy, the Office of Legislative Affairs, and the Office of Intergovernmental and Public Liaison at the U.S. Department of Justice.
Other Connections to John Ashcroft
According to his Ashcroft Group biography, Schauder worked "on the Ashcroft 2000 Senate campaign focusing on policy and research. From 1999 to 2000 he worked in the Office of U.S. Senator John Ashcroft as a Research Assistant."
Schauder is a graduate of the University of Kansas. He is from Green Bay, Wisconsin.
- Ashcroft Group, Andrew Schauder, firm biography, accessed September 19, 2011
- Ashcroft Group, Former Missouri Governer Matt Blunt Joins The Ashcroft Group, LLC, press release, April 30, 2009
- Jonathan E, Kaplan, Ashcroft joins K Street legions, The Hill, May 1, 2005
- Jack O'Dwyer, Newsletter, O'Dwyer's Public Relations, May 11, 2005
- American Traffic Solutions, About Us, corporate website, accessed September 19, 2011
- American Legislative Exchange Council, "Public Safety and Elections Task Force Meeting," agenda and meeting materials, August 4, 2011, on file with CMD
- Jeremy Duda, American Traffic Solutions leaving ALEC, joining APS, Arizona Capitol Times, April 13, 2012
- Former Missouri Governer Matt Blunt Joins The Ashcroft Group, LLC Ashcroft Group News Annoucements, April 30 2009, accessed October 28, 2011
- Andrew Schauder Person Profile accessed October 28, 2011
- U.S. Government Printing Office Federal Digital System (FDSys), Department of Labor, June 1, 2008