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The 2017 Pension Political Power 25: Corey Lewandowski

No. 14. Corey Lewandowski, Co-founder, Avenue Strategies

14. Corey Lewandowski
Co-founder, Avenue Strategies

Few political operatives appear better suited to thrive in the topsy-turvy world of Washington under the 45th president of the United States than Puerto Rico’s new man in D.C., Corey Lewandowski. And as a lobbyist for the commonwealth, he could become an unlikely pension savior.

When he met Donald Trump, Lewandowski had gained a name for himself as a bruiser and a doer in New Hampshire politics; in January 2016 he became the real estate mogul’s campaign manager. His tenure didn’t last long, but his scowling presence set the tone for the Republican candidate’s campaign, and he’s given credit for the “let Trump be Trump” approach, which proved a winning strategy.

Now Lewandowski, 43, is back in Washington as a lobbyist. One of his first clients: cash-strapped Puerto Rico. In late January the territory and its recently elected governor, Ricardo Rosselló, 37, were in talks with Lewan­dowski’s new firm, Avenue Strategies, to represent the commonwealth. Any resolution of Puerto Rico’s fiscal crisis will have to address a massively underfunded public pension system and the payment of pension benefits going forward. Also, a restructuring of the territory’s pension debt could set a precedent for what happens to U.S. states struggling with pension burdens. — Imogen Rose-Smith

The 2017 Pension Political Power 25

1. Andy Puzder
Secretary of Labor
2. Bruce Rauner
Governor of Illinois
3. Betsy DeVos
Secretary of Education
4. Laura & John Arnold
Laura and John Arnold Foundation
5. Steven Mnuchin
Secretary of the Treasury
6. Wilbur Ross
Secretary of Commerce
7. Tani Cantil-Sakauye
California Chief Justice
8. Paul Ryan
Speaker of the House
9. Anthony Scaramucci
Founder, SkyBridge Capital
10. Kevin de León
California State Senator and President Pro Tempore
11. Mike Enzi
Chairman, Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security
12. Steve Sweeney
New Jersey State Senate
13. Jerry Brown
Governor of California
14. Corey Lewandowski
Co-founder, Avenue Strategies
15. Paul Singer
Elliott Management Corp.
16. Randel Johnson
Senior Vice President, Labor, Immigration, and Employee Benefits, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
17. Joe Manchin
U.S. Senator
18. Kenneth Feinberg
Founder and managingpartner, Feinberg Rozen
19. Scott Walker
Governor of Wisconsin
20. Richard Trumka
President, AFL-CIO
21. Mike Rawlings
Mayor of Dallas
22. Elizabeth Warren
U.S. Senator
23. Kent Mason
Davis & Harman
24. Bernie Sanders
U.S. Senator
25. Randi Weingarten
President, American Federation of Teachers

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