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In November, 2011, Clark, Lytle, Geduldig & Cranford (CLGC), a 'Washington lobbying firm with links to the financial industry' approached one of their clients, the American Bankers Association, with an $850,000 proposal 'to conduct “opposition research” on Occupy Wall Street in order to construct “negative narratives” about the protests'. [1] The focus of the memo is what CLGC argues are undesirable possible outcomes for the American financial industry if the Democratic Party aligns itself with the 'Occupy Wall Street' movement.


CLGC describes itself as:

'With more than a century of combined experience working with 16 Congresses and seven Administrations, Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford stands out as a recognized leader in issue advocacy. Our team combines sophisticated high-level strategic thinking with robust ground-level relationships established over decades with key members of Congress and their staff, Administration officials, opinion makers, think tanks, trade associations, issue coalitions, the media, and political operatives.
Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford offers detailed expertise regarding all aspects of the policymaking process - legislation mechanics, committee dynamics and procedures, coalition building, fundraising, and vote counting - delivering unmatched value devising and implementing winning strategies for our clients.'

Contact Details:

  • Website -[2]
  • Address - 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 750 South, Washington, D.C. 20004.
  • Office: (202) 628-0028
  • Fax: (202) 628-2589
  • Email: [email protected]

Major Players

There are four partners in CLGC and six associates.


  • Steve Clark[3]
  • Gary Lytle[4]
  • Sam Geduldig[5]
  • Jay Cranford[6]

According to information obtained by the Public Campaign Action Fund the four partners have made substantial political donations to Federal candidates over the last five years. Between they have donated $452,250 with 95.3 percent of that going to Republicans. Two of the partners, Cranford and Geldudig, are also former work colleagues of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).[7]


  • The Honourable Deborah Pryce[8]
  • Amy L. Wren[9]
  • Judy Grinston
  • Adam Geller[10]
  • Jim Parker[11]
  • Ann Clark

Stephen Clark

Stephen Clark is both a noted lobbyist and campaign contributor particularly too republicans having donated nearly $300,000 of his own money. [12]

Associates: Ann Marie Clark (family) Jennifer A Clark (family) Katie E Clark (family) Lauren M Odonnell

"With more than 30 years of governmental affairs experience, Steve Clark is one of the most skilled and reliable corporate advocates in Washington, D.C. and Ohio. A former board member of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, he was cited in 2000 as Ohio’s Most Effective Corporate Lobbyist, based on survey responses from legislators and other government relations professionals.

A seasoned veteran, Clark has participated in countless Capitol Hill battles representing industries as diverse as banking, insurance, telecommunications, energy, aviation, and health care, as well as engaging on issues critical to business such as corporate governance and opposing frivolous lawsuits.

Prior to founding Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford (formerly Clark & Associates) in 2000, Clark was vice president of government affairs for Ameritech SBC.

Clark is a graduate of Ashland University and currently resides in Dublin, Ohio. Clark is married and has three adult children." [13]

Gary Lytle

$86,951 Given In contributions.[14]

"Gary Lytle co-founded Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford (formerly Clark & Lytle) and brings nearly 30 years of governmental relations experience to representing the interests of the firm’s clients.

Prior to re-joining Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford in 2008, Lytle was senior vice president of federal relations for Qwest, where he served as head of the Washington, D.C. office and lead lobbyist on all issues involving Congress, the Administration, and the Federal Communications Commission.

From September, 2000 until 2001, Lytle was interim president and chief executive officer of the United States Telecom Association (USTA). From 1993 to 1999, he was vice president of federal relations at Ameritech, and from 1980 to 1992 held government relations positions at Michigan Bell, including vice president of government affairs, where he was responsible for all state and federal relations activities.

Lytle is on the board of directors of the Washington Performing Arts Society, the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation, and the University Club of Washington, D.C.

Lytle holds B.A. and M.B.A. degrees in Business Administration from Michigan State University, where he played varsity basketball and baseball. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Lytle currently resides in Arlington, Virginia. Lytle has four adult children."[15]

Sam Geduldig and Wife

Donations $81,800 Given [16]

"Sam Geduldig joined Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford in 2007, bringing more than a decade of experience on Capitol Hill. That same year, National Journal magazine named Geduldig one of its well respected political insiders, citing his “campaign experience, insider knowledge, and ties to voting blocks.” Since 2008, The Hill newspaper has named Geduldig to its annual list of top lobbyists, highlighting his ability to “kill legislative threats to his clients.”

Geduldig served in an array of senior positions in the office of Congressman John Boehner (R-Ohio), the current Speaker of the House of Representatives, as well as Congressman Mike Oxley (R-Ohio), the former Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee. Geduldig also spent four years as a senior advisor to then House Republican Whip Roy Blunt of Missouri – now Senator Blunt – directing coalition efforts while advising the Majority Whip on financial services issues. Additionally, Geduldig acted as the House Republican leadership’s liaison to the business community, outside organizations, and interest groups.

Geduldig’s detailed expertise in the mechanics of the legislative process, committee dynamics and procedures, fundraising, coalition building, and vote counting delivers unmatched, broad-scope value in devising and implementing winning strategies for his corporate clients.

The Washingtonian has noted: “Geduldig’s Hill experiences allow him to offer his clients an exceptionally well-rounded view of the legislative process.”

Earlier in his career, Geduldig served as research analyst at Public Opinion Strategies, a Republican polling and survey research firm, and as press assistant to Sen. Bob Dole’s presidential campaign."

Wife Courtney C Geduldig - Managing Director, Head of Federal Government Relations and Chief Counsel Financial Services Forum

"Courtney C. Geduldig returned to the Forum as Managing Director, Head of Federal Government Relations and Chief Counsel in December 2010. She joins the Forum from the Office of Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) where she served as the Senator’s Chief Financial Counsel. In that capacity, she advised the Senator on issues relating to financial markets, housing, banking, taxes, manufacturing, and international trade finance. Courtney played a key role in drafting and advising Senator Corker on the “Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.”

From 2005-2007, Courtney served as Senior Vice President for Government Relations at the Financial Services Forum. She also spent two years at the United States Department of the Treasury as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Banking and Finance. Her duties included advising the Treasury Secretary and all sub-Cabinet officers on congressional relations policy in the areas of domestic banking and finance, and serving as the contact and coordinator of all departmental contacts with Congress for domestic banking and finance.

Courtney also previously served as the Director of Government Relations for the Consumer Bankers Association, a trade association focusing on retail banking issues on Capitol Hill and in the regulatory agencies. CBA member institutions are the leaders in consumer financial services, including most of the nation’s largest bank holding companies as well as regional and super community banks that collectively hold two-thirds of the industry’s total assets.

Courtney received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore. She is a member of the Maryland State Bar and lives with her husband, son, and daughter in McLean , Virginia."

Jay Cranford

" Jay Cranford brings more than 15 years of government and public policy experience to serving the interests of the firm’s clients.

Immediately prior to joining Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford, Cranford served as an Assistant for Policy to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. John Boehner of Ohio. He joined the Boehner Leadership team in 2006, when Speaker Boehner was elected Majority Leader.

Cranford served as the Leader’s direct liaison for policy issues covering six committees – Energy & Commerce; Transportation & Infrastructure; Natural Resources; Science & Technology; Agriculture; and the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming – and was responsible for developing, implementing, and managing comprehensive oversight and legislative strategies reflecting the goals of the Leader and the Republican conference.

As a top advisor to the Speaker, Cranford worked closely, and coordinated legislative strategy, with rank-and-file Members and their staff, House and Senate Leadership and Committees, and key White House and federal agency personnel. He also led ad hoc Member and staff level working groups on issues ranging from energy and the environment to telecommunications and technology.

Prior to his service to Speaker Boehner, Cranford served as staff director for the House Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Minerals.

He began his work in public policy as a staff member serving then-Representative and current Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, and later served on the staffs of Congressmen Bob Barr of Georgia and Jim Gibbons of Nevada.

Cranford’s private sector experience includes serving as the Director of Government Affairs at the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA), a leading offshore oil and gas industry association, and Director of Government Affairs at the El Paso Corporation, a natural gas exploration and transportation company.

Cranford holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health and Science from the University of Georgia, Athens."


CLGC lists its clients as:[17]

  • Ally
  • Allstate
  • American Bankers Association
  • American Insurance Association
  • AT&T
  • Beam
  • Blackberry
  • Bloomberg
  • CCIA
  • Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing
  • Custodia Financial
  • Deloitte
  • Ecana Natural Gas
  • Electronic Payments Coalition
  • Ernst & Young
  • Federal Home Loan Bank Of Dallas
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Financial Services Roundtable
  • General Motors
  • Genworth Financial
  • Investment Company Limited
  • Koch Industries
  • KPMG
  • Lennox
  • Loews Corporation
  • MasterCard
  • National Association of Children's Hospitals (NACH)
  • National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI)
  • NAHB
  • NorthernTrust
  • Organization for International Investment
  • Prudential
  • PWC
  • RIM
  • Smiths
  • Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board
  • Swisher International
  • Teradata
  • U.S. Chamber Institute For Legal Reform
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Univision
  • Verzion
  • Whirlpool Corporation

The 'OWS' Memo

Jonathan Larsen and Ken Olshansky on MSNBC reported that the organisation's 'Up W/Chris Hayes' had obtained a memo from CLGC - a 'Washington lobbying firm with links to the financial industry' - addresed to the American Bankers Association, one of the clients listed on CLCG's website.[18]

The memo appears on CLGC letterhead and is titled[19]:

FOR:          American Bankers Association 
FROM:         Sam Geduldig, Steve Clark, Gary Lytle,  Jay Cranford 
DATE:         November  24, 2011 
SUBJECT:      Proposal: Occupy Wall Street Response 

The introductory paragraphs, in line with CLGC's government lobbyist role, emphasis the potential negative implications for the American financial industry if the Democratic Party aligns itself with the 'Occupy Wall Street' movement"

'Leading Democratic party strategists have begun to openly discuss the benefits of embracing the growing and increasingly organized Occupy Wall Street {OWS) movement to prevent Republican gains in Congress and the White House next year. We have seen this process of adopting extreme positions and movements to increase base voter turnout, including in the 2005-2006 immigration debate. This would mean more than just short-term political discomfort for Wall Street firms. If vilifying the leading companies of this sector is allowed to become an unchallenged centerpiece of a coordinated Democratic campaign, it has the potential to have very long-lasting political, policy and financial impacts on the companies in the center of the bullseye.'
'Democratic strategists have identified the OWS movement as a way to tap this populist anger...They are certainly in the field right now testing messaging options and developing the plans to deploy them in ads, speeches, social media and grassroots commu nications as early as this year. The focus of those campaigns would be to tar the financial services sector - and in particular high-profile Wall Street investment house brands -as being responsible for the economic problems facing the country and middle class Americans.'

Having summarised the perceived political threat that they believe OWS may pose to 'the financial services sector ...high-profile Wall Street investment house brands' through co-option of their message by the Democratic Party, they then outline a series of proposed actions.

These include:

  • Survey Research
  • Opposition Research
  • Targeted Social Media Monitoring
  • Coalition Planning
  • Advertising Creative and Placement Strategy

The majority of these proposed actions are focused within the political sphere, however, two were aimed directly at the Occupy Wall street movement.

'Opposition Research' reports, without providing evidence, that OWS has already been co-opted, or was originated through the support of, generally unamed groups (only George Soros is mentioned):

'It will be vital to understand who is funding it and what ther backgrounds and motives are. If we can show they have the same cynical motivation as a political opponent it will undermine their credibilty in a profound way.'

The possibility that OWS is a grassroots movements without secretive funders is not explored.

In addition to researching what they claim are these mysterious OWS funders and backers they also state that they will focus on what they call the movement's ' extremist leaders'. No definition, or explicit context, for the use of 'extremist' is offered (or, it would suggest, would be required by the client).

Their 'specific initial opposition research tactics' would include:

  • Comprehensive media analysis of OWS and their leaders.
  • Records search and obtainable open records of leaders' histories including civil and criminal information, litigation history, tax liens, bankruptcies, judgements, and other associations.
  • Associated business and record search including Internal Revenue Service and Federal Election Commission filings, regulatory actions and litigation.

Their stated focus on 'Targeted Social Media Monitoring' had the aim of using the 'transparency of social media platforms' to 'anticipate future OWS tactics and messaging as well as identifying extreme language and ideas that put its most ardent supporters at odds with mainstream Americans.'

Towards these goals they argue that what is 'deliverable' is 'an audit of the most active social media platforms used by OWS with the identification of trends in their engagement'. They believe this could 'identify trends and identify effective reporting tools to develop actionable intelligence that could be rapidlly acted on when a campaign becomes fully operational'.

Given that the OWS movement does not have leaders it is implied in these two actions that any OWS supporter who could be identified as having a significant presence on social media could be open to investigation by CLGC.

CLGC suggested that these 'cornerstone strategies of a strategic campaign' could be 'achieveable within 60 days'. The estimated cost would be $850,000.


  • 'Lobby Memo Reveals Attack on Occupy Protestors: "Undermine Their Credibility"'[20]
  • 'Memo Reveals How Seriously Powerful Interests Take OWS'[21]

D0x on CLGC -

2009 website

Info on Steve Clark of CLGC:

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Opensecrets - political donations by GLGC employees 08, 10, 12 - (eg. Sam Geduldig gave $500 to Michelle Bachmann)

Geduldig: Privately funded travel while political staffer - (mainly finance industry) Salary data - Courtney Clelan Geduldig (wife of) - On list of JohnMcCain's lobbyists (May 2008) - "As part of the heavy-handed K Street Project action, Oxley/Committee former staffer Sam Geduldig reportedly pressured The Investment Company Institute, a mutual fund consortium, to hire Haines or another Republican as a lobbyist in place of a Democrat whose employment by the Institute was said to be causing Oxley to push an investigation of mutual funds. Sam Geduldig subsequently became chief of staff to Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo), House Whip under DeLay's Majority leadership." - Unfortunately source is Larouche - Open Secrets: Lobbyist Profile: Summary, 2011 -

Clark: Salary data -

Cranford: Privately funded travel while political staffer - (petroleum, electricity & ) Personal finances nces (includes spouse employment - BB&T Corp banking)

Deborah Pryce (Associate at CLGC): Trips - (Lots for her & staff - varied.)

Amy Lorenzini Wren (Associate at CLGC): Salary data -

No Gov data: Gary Lytle, Judy Grinston, Adam Geller, Jim Parker, Ann Clark.