Feb. 17, 2017
New White House Communications Director Represents the Corporate Interests Candidate Trump Ran Against
Statement of Robert Weissman, President, Public Citizen
Note: President Donald Trump has named Michael Dubke to be White House communications director.
Michael Dubke represents precisely the connected corporate interests and insider dealing that candidate Trump ran against. “The Swamp” may as well have been one of his former clients.
Through his past affiliations, Michael Dubke stands at the nexus of the Koch Brothers and Republican operative Karl Rove, and has facilitated and benefited from the worst dark money abuses in recent American history. He co-founded Americans for Job Security, a dark money front organization that has been enmeshed in the Koch network and tied to Dubke’s consulting firm, as well as subject to campaign finance and tax code complaints by Public Citizen. (The Federal Election Commission’s general counsel later found “reason to believe” that Americans for Job Security had violated election law by not registering as a political committee). Dubke’s consulting firm, Crossroads Communications, has run the media operations of Karl Rove’s Crossroads outfits.
Some White House staff reportedly are complaining about the hiring of Dubke, who did not work on the Trump campaign.
But there is a sense in which he is a perfect fit for the Trump administration: With his self-enrichment from purportedly nonprofit organizations driving a corporate agenda, he embodies the administration’s signature amalgam of personal and political cronyism and insider dealing.