The Bad Boss Defense Fund
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Lobbyists for the Washington, D.C., law firm Shaw, Bransford & Roth (Roth) — which earns its money representing federal employees who are being disciplined — “proposed” and secured passage of the obscure bill Congress passed in 1996, according to the website of a group connected to the firm. That bill requires taxpayers to pay for legal insurance for management-level employees.It's for our own good...
Roth lawyer Anthony Vergnetti then left the firm to launch the Federal Employee Defense Services (FEDS), just such a legal insurance business that, Vergnetti acknowledges, primarily steers clients to Roth when they have insurance claims, and profits off their premiums when they don’t.
Roth got its legislative sway by operating through the Senior Executives Association (SEA), which is ostensibly an organic group representing managers, but which is actually founded and run by the law firm’s partners and employees, as TheDCNF showed last year. SEA collects dues from members and pays lobbyists from Roth to conduct legislative advocacy, according to lobbying disclosures.
SEA’s website says it “proposed and secured legislation” requiring taxpayers to pay for the insurance in 1996. As a result, “Agencies are required to reimburse executives, managers and supervisors for up to one-half the cost of their liability and legal defense insurance,” it says. “SEA endorses Federal Employee Defense Services.”