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Rep. Richard "Dick" Keith Armey Ph.D.

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Third-Party Descriptions

July 2006: 'The original intent was to make a step in the direction of eliminating farm programs,' said then-House Majority Leader Richard K. Armey (R-Tex.), who led an unsuccessful fight in the 1990s to trim the subsidies. 'By 1998, there was no zeal left.'

May 2006: "...a Representative from Texas; born in Cando, Towner County, N. Dak., July 7, 1940; graduated from Cando High School, Cando, N. Dak., 1958; B.A., Jamestown College, Jamestown, N. Dak., 1963; M.A., University of North Dakota, Grand Folks, N. Dak., 1964; Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Okla., 1968; professor, University of Montana, Missoula, Mont.; assistant professor, West Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University, Canyon, Tex.; assistant professor, Austin College, Sherman, Tex.; faculty and administrator, University of North Texas, Denton, Tex.; distinguished fellow of the Fisher Institute, Dallas, Tex.; elected as a Republican to the Ninety-ninth and to the eight succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1985-January 3, 2003); majority leader (One Hundred Fourth through One Hundred Seventh Congresses); not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Eighth Congress in 2002."

May 2006: Former House majority leader Richard K. Armey (R-Tex.), who is advising Cape Wind investors from his base at the law firm Piper Rudnick, said politicians will soon have to abandon the 'not in my back yard' attitude in light of the country's growing energy needs.


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Empower America Organization Aug 14, 2007
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) FreedomWorks Organization Aug 14, 2007
Founder/Co-Founder of Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI) Organization Dec 28, 2005
Student/Trainee (past or present) Jamestown College Organization May 15, 2006
Member of (past or present) Republican Party (U.S.) / Republican National Committee Organization Dec 28, 2005
Member of (past or present) Organization Executive (past or present) Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) US House of Representatives Organization Dec 28, 2005
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) University of Montana (UM) Organization May 15, 2006
Student/Trainee (past or present) University of North Dakota (UND) Organization May 15, 2006
Organization Executive (past or present) Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) University of North Texas (UNT) Organization May 15, 2006
Student/Trainee (past or present) University of Oklahoma Organization May 15, 2006
Supervisor of (past or present) Virginia "Ginni" Thomas Person Mar 23, 2010

Articles and Resources

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Mar 16, 2010 Wife of Justice Thomas starts group for 'citizen activists'

QUOTE: Into the heightened political atmosphere between the Supreme Court and the Obama administration comes now Virginia Thomas, the conservative activist and wife of Justice Clarence Thomas, who is founder of a new nonprofit lobbying and political-organizing group catering to the "citizen activists" of the "tea party" movement. Virginia "Ginni" Thomas says Liberty Central Inc...

Washington Post
Jul 06, 2009 Familiar Players in Health Bill Lobbying: Firms Are Enlisting Ex-Lawmakers, Aides

QUOTE: The nation's largest insurers, hospitals and medical groups have hired more than 350 former government staff members and retired members of Congress in hopes of influencing their old bosses and colleagues.... public interest groups and reform advocates complain that the concentration of former government aides on K Street has distorted the health-care debate,

Washington Post
Oct 31, 2008 The Midnight Regulation Rush is On!

QUOTE: While most of us are distracted watching the presidential election, the U.S. Treasury Department is quietly pushing through new rules that potentially will have devastating consequences for privacy and e-commerce.

Sep 23, 2007 Human Trafficking Evokes Outrage, Little Evidence: U.S. Estimates Thousands of Victims, But Efforts to Find Them Fall Short

QUOTE: Congress passed a law, triggering a little-noticed worldwide war on human trafficking that began at the end of the Clinton administration and is now a top Bush administration priority. As part of the fight, President Bush has blanketed the nation with 42 Justice Department task forces and spent more than $150 million -- all to find and help the estimated hundreds of thousands of victims of forced prostitution or labor in the United States. But the government couldn't find them.

Washington Post
Jul 17, 2007 A Question of Credentials

QUOTE: How much background experience does a political appointee need to hold a senior job in a federal agency? That question has been raised in a lawsuit [that alleges] Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez ... violate[d] 1999 amendments to the Patent Act [in a recent hire].

Washington Post
Jul 02, 2006 Farm Program Pays $1.3 Billion to People Who Don't Farm

QUOTE: the federal government has paid subsidies for rice and other crops since 2000 to individuals who do no farming at payments have also altered the landscape and culture of the Farm Belt, pushing up land prices and favoring large, wealthy operators.

Washington Post
May 14, 2006 A Storm Blows In Along With the Wind: Project Planned Off Cape Cod Shows Contentiousness in Energy Development

QUOTE: Proponents of the Cape Wind project on Nantucket Sound say wind farms like it will help wean the country from dependence on foreign oil. Opponents suggest it will harm the area's environment, scenic views and economy. And both sides insist wealthy interests are doing their best to manipulate the decision-making process by hiring high-priced lobbyists and cutting backroom deals on Capitol Hill.

Washington Post
Dec 23, 2005 On Opinion Page, a Lobby's Hand Is Often Unseen

QUOTE: But organizations like the institute...are facing new and uncomfortable scrutiny over their links to special interest groups after...Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff had paid at least two outside writers for opinion articles promoting the work of his clients.

New York Times
Sep 25, 2002 Technology vs. Civil Liberties? Government's Use of Biometrics Security Technology Worries Some Privacy Activists

QUOTE: ...increasing reliance on biometric devices is a serious threat to the privacy of innocent Americans.

Washington Post
Aug 14, 2002 Properly Provoked

QUOTE: The emerging core argument against war with Iraq is that such a war would constitute an unprovoked attack against a sovereign state, a conflict that would break with American tradition and ethics and, ultimately, would be illegitimate.

Washington Post
Aug 10, 2002 Under Fire, Justice Shrinks TIPS Program

QUOTE: Justice Department officials... no longer plan to ask thousands of mail carriers, utility workers and others with access to private homes to report suspected terrorist activity.

Washington Post
Nov 25, 2001 Reckonings: An Alternate Reality

QUOTE: it tells you something when Congress votes $15 billion in aid and loan guarantees for airline companies but not a penny for laid-off airline workers.

New York Times
Nov 10, 2001 War is Heck

QUOTE: Before Sept. 11 the administration said we could have it all — deep tax cuts, better schools, a surplus — without paying any price. Now the tax cuts can be accelerated, and we can battle international evil too....Much as Mr. Thompson defied scientific reality to portray the first skirmish with anthrax as an isolated incident, so the military seems inclined to sugar-coat the war against Al Qaeda...

New York Times
Oct 03, 2001 F.T.C. Plans to Abandon New Bills On Privacy

QUOTE: The Federal Trade Commission will abandon efforts, begun during the Clinton administration, to get new laws to enhance online consumer privacy and will concentrate its efforts instead on enforcing existing laws...

New York Times
Sep 28, 2001 Bush Law-Enforcement Plan Troubles Both Right and Left

QUOTE: concerns over civil liberties -- and the desire to keep careful checks on the government -- run deep on Capitol Hill, although they are expressed with the utmost care these days...

New York Times
Aug 04, 2001 Mormons May Be Key in Stem-cell Debate: Bush Could Use Their Support If He Opts to Fund Research

QUOTE: The Catholic Church has steadfastly condemned embryonic stem-cell research because embryos have to be destroyed....the Mormon Church, the fifth-largest denomination in the United States, is much more nuanced...

National Post