–K STREET FIRMS JOCKEY FOR CYBER SUPREMACY: Washington’s main lobbying corridor is abuzz with talk of cybersecurity as law firms and influence peddlers compete to gain valuable share in the emerging market. Evidence of the rat race litters legal tabloids, lobbying disclosure forms and job boards, confirming that cyber threats are not only fodder for headlines — they present a major business opportunity for D.C.’s most powerful firms. “Everyone believes this is going to be the next hot thing,” headhunter Ivan Adler, a principal at the Arlington-based McCormick Group, told The Hill. “What I’m telling staffers is: if you have a chance to gain that kind of experience in cyber, you should do it.” The competition for clients is only expected to heat up as the 114th Congress gets fully underway. To read our full piece, click here: http://bit.ly/1D55cDd
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In 2007, when the Charles Koch Foundation considered giving millions of dollars to Florida State University’s economics department, the offer came with strings attached.
First, the curriculum it funded must align with the libertarian, deregulatory economic philosophy of Charles Koch, the billionaire industrialist and Republican political bankroller.
Second, the Charles Koch Foundation would at least partially control which faculty members Florida State University hired.
And third, Bruce Benson, a prominent libertarian economic theorist and Florida State University economics department chairman, must stay on another three years as department chairman—even though he told his wife he’d step down in 2009 after a single three-year term.
The Charles Koch Foundation expressed a willingness to give Florida State an extra $105,000 to keep Benson—a self-described “libertarian anarchist” who asserts that every government function he’s studied “can be, has been, or is being produced better by the private sector”—in place.