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The New York Times
HAROLD ICKES, MENTOR TO MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO, BUILDS LOBBYING VICTORIES
March 19, 2016
When New York City banned whole milk from public schools in 2006, seeking to reduce obesity and improve students' health, a trade group for the American dairy industry hired a well-connected Washington lobbyist to fight back.
Harold M. Ickes, the lobbyist, was a towering figure – a member of a prominent liberal family, a trusted counselor to Bill and Hillary Clinton and a former White House deputy chief of staff.
El Nuevo Dia
RATES CONTINUE TO REVIEW ADVANTAGE
June 2, 2015
Dennis Rivera, spokesman for the Coalition for Justice for Medicare in Puerto Rico, acknowledges that CMS argues that the questions that have led various sectors of health in Puerto Rico are of a statutory nature and could take them into consideration for the 2017 tariff review.
However, through the renowned lawyer Harold Ickes, the Coalition presented some exceptions in which CMS acted beyond the date of its final determination for prices next year.
The New York Times
DEMOCRATS SEEK A RICHER ROSTER TO MATCH G.O.P.
May 30, 2015
Over the last few months, Harold M. Ickes, a longtime ally of Hillary Rodham Clinton, has helped organize private meetings around the country with union leaders, Clinton backers and Democratic strategists. The pressing topic: Who will step up to be the Democrats’ megadonors in the 2016 presidential race?
Crain's New York Business
MAYOR'S OLD PAL WINS NEW BIZ AS LOBBYIST
October 26, 2014
Harold Ickes, a former top Clinton administration official, had long been a fixture in the center of the lobbying universe: Washington, D.C. But since his protégé Mr. de Blasio's election last November—a victory aided by Mr. Ickes—the lobbyist has found new business opportunities in the Big Apple.
READY FOR HILLARY HOST PROMINENT HISPANIC POLS
October 25, 2014
The pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC “Ready for Hillary” is hosting a reception featuring prominent Hispanic elected officials and leaders, as the former secretary of State gears up for an all-but-certain presidential run, according to an invitation.
Longtime Clinton adviser Harold Ickes, who’s been supporting Ready for Hillary since last year, is also listed on the invitation.
FORMER CLINTON AIDE HAROLD ICKES STILL A POLITICAL FORCE
April 6, 2014
For veteran Democratic lawyer-lobbyist-consultant Harold M. Ickes, a former aide to ex-President Bill Clinton, the political and governmental involvement marches on.
[H]is government-relations firm, the Ickes & Enright Group, his venture with longtime associate Janice Enright, just added a New York City affiliate -- Ickes, Enright & McCabe. Managing director Kevin McCabe is a longtime political and government adviser, and former City Council staff chief.
New York Daily News
VETERAN DEMOCRATIC FIXTURE HAROLD ICKES PLAYING CRUCIAL ROLE ADVISING MAYOR-ELECT BILL DE BLASIO
November 18, 2013
The ultimate political fixer for both Clintons, Harold Ickes has been a key mentor to Bill de Blasio as he has climbed the political food chain. Ickes has helped the New York politician become manager of the former Secretary of State’s presidential campaign and, now, become New York’s next mayor. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/de-blasio-hillary-clinton-owe-mentor-ickes-article-1.1520146
New York Times
DE BLASIO AS MANAGER: DELEGATING, YET KEEPING A TIGHT LEASH
October 31, 2013
The person who mentored me the most in management was Harold Ickes, who ran Clinton’s re-elect in ’96 and was deputy chief of staff of the White House. I really learned this great model from him of being tough and decisive, but still beloved by his troops. I try to work in a style that encourages the best in my team.
New York Times
ICKES RETURNS TO DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE'S RULES AND BYLAWS PANEL
August 27, 2013
“Mr. Ickes, 73, is a fixture in the Clinton’s world. He ran Bill Clinton’s New York campaign in the 1992 Democratic primary and served as a deputy chief of staff in Mr. Clinton’s White House. He was a top adviser to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign, and Mrs. Clinton’s chief liaison at the D.N.C. during her primary battle against Barack Obama. From his perch on the rules committee he memorably railed against a compromise on disputed delegates in the waning days of the Democratic primary. http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/27/ickes-returns-to-democratic-committees-rules-and-bylaws-panel/?_r=0
November 6, 2012
Harold Ickes’ test Election Day 2012 interview on Sky News Special "Boulton & Co" Live with Sky News Political Editor Adam Boulton. (Sky News is the UK's first dedicated 24-hour news channel.)
CAN HAROLD ICKES MAKE IT RAIN FOR OBAMA?
"He is a brilliant, take-no-prisoners, consummate political operative who has seen everything, done almost everything, and is still standing," says Rob Stein, founder of the Democracy Alliance donor network. "There's nobody like him in the Democratic ranks."
TRANSIT UNION HIRES DEMOCRATIC LOBBYING FIRM TO HELP END BUS-DRIVER FATIGUE
February 26, 2012
Harold Ickes, a former deputy chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, and Janice Enright, a former senior aide to Ickes in the Clinton White House, according to lobbying disclosure records. The ATU president said a recent series of bus crashes can be traced back to drivers being exhausted on the job. ‘We are deadly serious about a deadly serious problem,’ Hanley said. ‘And Harold is a deadly serious lobbyist.’
CLINTON: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
February 20–21, 2012
“…[T]he two-part special…revisits the tumultuous presidency of William Jefferson Clinton through candid interviews with journalists, insiders and adversaries, including former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers, former White House Counsel Bernard Nussbaum, former White House Chief of Staff and current Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Deputy Chief of Staff Harold Ickes, among others.”
The Washington Post
DEMOCRATS GEAR UP TO MATCH GOP FUNDRAISING EFFORT
April 29, 2011
Priorities USA has lined up donations from Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg and the Service Employees International Union, people familiar with it said. Veteran Democratic operatives from the Obama and Clinton camps — including strategists Paul Begala and Harold Ickes, pollster Geoff Garin and Emily’s List founder Ellen Malcolm — are also on board.
DEMOCRATIC DONORS BYPASS OBAMA TO MAP STRATEGY FOR RECOVERY
November 19, 2010
"In another sign of Democratic unrest, a dozen prominent Democrats – including longtime Bill Clinton adviser Harold Ickes, labor leader Andy Stern and representatives of influential interest groups – will meet Monday to discuss whether to form a new operation to combat the many outside groups launched this year by Karl Rove and other Republican strategists, according to multiple participants." http://www.cleveland.com/nation/index.ssf/2010/11/democratic_donors_bypass_obama.html
RATHER, KUCINICH REFLECT ON MIDTERM ELECTIONS
November 8, 2010
"Panelists also included Henry Olsen, director of the American Enterprise Institute’s National Research Initiative; Harold Ickes, former deputy chief of staff to President Clinton; Adam Boulton, Sky News political editor; James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute; and Lynn Sweet, Chicago Sun-Times Washington bureau chief." http://explore.georgetown.edu/news/?ID=53939
ICKES AT WORK WHERE BUSINESS AND POLITICS MERGE: FROM DEMOCRATIC PARTY FUND RAISING TO LOBBYING AND POLITICAL STRATEGY
July 1, 2010
"'Ickes, with partner Janice Ann Enright, has also remained immersed in legal and lobbying work through The Ickes & Enright Group, Inc., which was formed in 2007, and related firms. They have offered expert consulting services in the area since the 1980s with the exception of their years in the White House from 1993 through 1996."IckesEnrightCBJuly1st2010.pdf
GROWING HISPANIC POLITICAL POWER COULD HELP STATUS FIGHT: HAROLD ICKES: ISLAND BATTLE COULD BE TRANSFORMED INTO ONE OF 'SHARED INTEREST' AMONG STATESIDE HISPANIC GROUPS
July 1, 2010
"'It's coming together from a purely political point of view. The increasing importance of the Hispanic vote will put pressure stateside on Democrats to do something about Puerto Rico,' said Ickes, who has been involved in helping engineer presidential campaigns for some 40 years." IckesCBJuly1st2010.pdf
DEMOCRATS HAVE MOST TO LOSE IN REDRAWING OF HOUSE DISTRICTS BY GOVERNORS
April 13, 2010
"'Former Bill Clinton adviser Harold Ickes, who has close ties to the party’s big donors, has been tapped to head a new organization called Project Surge — as in stop Republican gerrymandering." http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0410/35701.html
CENSUS MEANS VOTES LATER – AND CASH NOW
April 6, 2010
"'Ex-Hillary Clinton confidant Harold Ickes is doing similar work for the Democrats.' 'People who have a history of giving to the DGA ... they get it,' Ickes told Salon. Most of his work for the group is focusing on big donors. 'But the people who don't have a history, they're sort of, 'Why are you talking to me about governors? I deal with senators and presidents and members of the House.'" http://www.salon.com/2010/04/07/census_redistricting_means_political_cash/
The Washington Post
DEMOCRATS COUNTER REPUBLICANS' PRE-REDISTRICTING PUSH
March 22, 2010
"Hoping to counter a series of Republican efforts aimed at winning governorships and state legislatures in advance of the decennial congressional redistricting process, the Democratic Governors Association is launching its own venture, led by veteran party strategist Harold Ickes." "Ickes, who served as one of the top operatives in Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign, characterized his role as fundraiser in chief ('I don't do strategy,' he says wryly) for the effort, which is being called Project SuRGe (Stop Republican Gerrymandering). While acknowledging that redistricting is a tougher sell to donors than a presidential race or Senate contest – 'It's in the weeds,' Ickes says – he sees his job as 'explaining to people the implications of redistricting at the federal level.'" http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/21/AR2010032102578.html
Chicago Breaking News Center
HOW DOES HEALTH REFORM VOTE AFFECT OBAMA'S FUTURE EFFORTS?
March 22, 2010
"This has been 100 years in the making,'' said Harold Ickes, who was part of the unsuccessful effort to pass a health care overhaul under former President Bill Clinton…. History is replete with false starts on this. It's an enormous achievement to get it done."
TAKING INSTRUCTION FROM FAILURE: THREE VETERANS OF THE CLINTONS' HEALTH CARE FIASCO SEE WAYS TO AVOID REPEATING THE MISTAKES OF 1993-94
August 1, 2009
"As congressional Democrats and President Obama continued scrambling to reach major milestones in the current drive for health care reform, National Journal asked three veterans of President Clinton's failed attempt to overhaul the nation's health system how today's strategists can avoid ending up in a ditch. The July 27 roundtable featured the Clinton White House's deputy chief of staff, Harold Ickes; legislative director, Pat Griffin; and pollster, Stan Greenberg. 'They're going to get something through, and they're going to call it 'health care reform.' " – Harold Ickes
The New York Times
DEMOCRATIC GROUPS TURN TO FOOT SOLDIERS
September 21, 2008
"This year, Democrats, including the Obama campaign, are relying on similar information provided by Catalist, a company founded by the Democratic operative Harold M. Ickes that has information on 230 million Americans."
DEMOCRATS TAKE REPUBLICAN DATABASE MODEL TO TARGET SWING VOTERS
September 18, 2008
"Ickes, a Democratic media consultant and former Clinton adviser, has spent four years and $15 million building Catalist, a database that scores 200 million Americans according to their likelihood to vote for party candidates."
The Huffington Post
OBAMA'S DEBT TO HAROLD ICKES
June 3, 2008
"Barack Obama stands on the brink of capturing the presidential nomination in large part because of Democratic Party reforms initiated by the civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960s – movements in which Hillary Clinton's top strategist, Harold Ickes, was a key player
Long Island Business News
TWO MINUTES WITH HAROLD ICKES
May 16, 2008
"Harold Ickes is the assistant to the campaign manager of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and a partner and co-chair of the labor law and government representation departments of Garden City-based Meyer, Suozzi, English and Klein. We talked to Ickes about Clinton’s run for the White House."
CLINTON'S SUPER DELEGATE HUNTER
May 1, 2008
"Though he has played many roles since his first campaign in 1968, [Harold] Ickes is known best as a closer, the master of the bitter end who can wring important victories from defeat."
The Los Angeles Times
A NOT-SO-SECRET WEAPON
March 31, 2008
"Ickes comes by his temperament and his passion for politics naturally. He is the son and namesake of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famously irascible Interior secretary. And he has played the role of party maverick for decades."
A CONVERSATION WITH HAROLD ICKES
March 3, 2008
A conversation with Harold Ickes, a political strategist working on Hillary Clinton's campaign in the 2008 presidential election. http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/8969
The New York Times
LONGTIME CLINTON AIDE RETURNS TO THE FRAY
February 28, 2008
"Harold M. Ickes may be Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s last hope for winning the Democratic presidential nomination."