Apparently Evan Bayh thinks that all the money sloshing around the system is bad until he is being paid by it.
Former Sen. Evan Bayh is adding a gig at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to his role as a Fox News commentator and his job at a law and lobbying firm.
Bayh, an Indiana Democrat, will join former George W. Bush chief of staff Andy Card on a bipartisan “road show,” in which they’re expected to “carry a bipartisan message on regulatory reform,” according to an internal memo sent from Chamber president and CEO Tom Donohue and first published by the Center for Public Integrity’s iWatch News on Tuesday.
The Chamber plans to officially announce Bayh’s involvement later this month as it launches the “road show,” which is in part aimed at getting Democrats to side with the Chamber in opposing what it sees as excessive regulation by the Obama administration.
“We don’t see this effort as an ‘us versus them’ issue,” spokesman Tom Collamore told iWatch News. “Having a Democrat of his stature gives the effort more heft and an important perspective.” Bayh and Card will deliver speeches, attend events and do media appearances around the country.
The Chamber job is another eye-raising role for Bayh, who decried partisanship on Capitol Hill and the corrosiveness of money in politics when he declared his intention not to run for re-election last year.
In a New York Times op-ed in February 2010, Bayh also spoke out against the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which permits corporations and other groups to spend unlimited amounts of money on campaign ads. “The threat of unlimited amounts of negative advertising from special interest groups will only make members more beholden to their natural constituencies and more afraid of violating party orthodoxies,” Bayh wrote. The Chamber, in contrast, was one of the biggest beneficiaries of the ruling and a major spender in the 2010 election cycle.
Bayh did not immediately respond to POLITICO’s request for comment.