Samuel J. Heyman
Samuel J. Heyman, an American businessman, corporate raider and hedge fund owner, is chief executive officer of the GAF Corporation, which makes asbestos products. Heyman is also chairman of International Speciality Products (ISP) of Wayne, New Jersey, a New York Stock Exchange-listed "international specialty chemicals company" "which does business through subsidiary ISP Chemco." He is the founder of Partnership for Public Service, a "nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to the revitalization of federal government service".
The Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance
Funding Joe Lieberman 2006
"U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, who on the night of his defeat in the Democratic primary appealed to out-of-staters to help him continue his campaign for re-election as an independent candidate, had in just the previous week already collected $609,300 from supporters outside of Connecticut," Don Michak wrote in the August 16, 2006, Journal Inquirer.
"Lieberman got his biggest bundles, however, from two Connecticut-based families, the Heymans of Westport and the Chases of Hartford and West Hartford," Michak wrote. "The Heymans contributed a total of $50,400. Giving $10,500 each were Lazarus Heyman, identified as an executive at Heyman Properties, a commercial real-estate company; Ronnie Heyman, identified as a homemaker; Elizabeth Heyman, whose occupation was not listed; and Sam Heyman, identified as chairman of International Specialty Products. Annette Heyman, who was identified as retired, gave $8,400."
- Note: Ronnie F. Heyman (Ronnie Feuerstein Heyman) is the wife of Samuel J. Heyman and would definitely not be categorized as a "homemaker".
Previously, in February 2006, Samuel Heyman, listed as GAF Corporation Chief Executive Officer, made two $1,000.00 donations to "Friends of Joe Lieberman".
Compared to Heyman's earlier contributions to Lieberman campaigns, these are significant amounts. For example, in the 2002 election cycle, Samuel Heyman, GAF Corporation, donated $2,000.00 to "Friends of Joe Lieberman" and $2,000.00 to "Joe Lieberman for President, Inc." in 2004. Heyman's 2000 campaign donation of $1,000.00 to the "Lieberman 2000 Committee" appears to have been counted, then removed.
"GAF Corporation, spent at least $7 million on lobbyists since 1997, and his campaign contributions, totaling $382,970 in the latest cycle, often came within days of key votes and endorsements," Michael Scherer wrote March 5, 2001, in Mother Jones.
"Heyman delivered a check for $250,000 to the GOP [on July 19, 2001,] only three business days before Republicans delivered the asbestos bill to the full House," Scherer wrote. "From the beginning, Heyman has made it clear that protecting his company from asbestos claims is at the top of his agenda. 'While our focus is primarily on the critical importance of reform for sick claimants,' he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, 'we would hope that the interests of these businesses, their employees, shareholders, the communities who depend on them, and elemental fairness are worthy of the Senate's consideration as well.'"
In March 2000, Public Citizen reported that Heyman, his family members, the GAF Corporation and its political action committee, "have contributed a total of $360,220 since 1995 to federal candidates and political parties in both hard and soft money."
Related SourceWatch articles
- "Rep. Portman, Samuel Heyman to Receive 2002 Private Sector Council Leadership Awards," USNewswire (Highbeam.com), May 8, 2002.
- Fact Sheet, Hoover's.
- "The Art of Selling Government Service. A Conversation with Samuel Heyman '63," Harvard Law School Bulletin, Spring 2005.
- "$5M Gift Supports Program for Law Students Pursuing Public Service Careers With Government," The Harvard University Gazette, November 18, 1999.
- "Ronnie F. Heyman Is Elected Barnard Trustee," Columbia University Record, November 22, 1996. Includes bio for Ronnie Feuerstein Heyman.
- Don Michak, "Out-of-state cash flowed to Lieberman before primary," Journal Inquirer, August 16, 2006.
- Filing records: Vets for Freedom Action Fund, Federal Election Commission.
- Election cycle 2006, CampaignMoney.com.
- Election cycle 2002, CampaignMoney.com.
- Election cycle 2004, CampaignMoney.com.
- Election cycle 2000, CampaignMoney.com.
- Michael Scherer, The Mother Jones 400 - Manufacturing: "Many asbestos-related companies want to limit compensation to injured workers and consumers. Samuel Heyman decided to write his own law," Mother Jones, March 5, 2001.
- "How Special Interests Make Law: GAF Corporation Tries to Buy Liability Protection From Asbestos Claims," Public Citizen, March 9, 2000.
- The Heyman Fellowships at Harvard Law School.
- Samuel Heyman: Political Campaign Contributions for Election Cycles: 2006; 2004; 2002; and 2000.
- Jim Hightower, Commentary: "Four Vignettes: How to Play The Washington Game," ZNet, January 9, 2000; AlterNet, April 26, 2000.
- "Asbestos Compensation? A Killer Idea ...," UE News, March 2000.
- "Asbestos (Company) Compensation Bill ... Part II," UE News, April 2000.
- OrangeTownBlueDem, "The Astroturf Mail Returns!" My Left Nutmeg, September 27, 2006.
- Samuel Heyman in the Wikipedia.