New Lobbyist Joins Washington Staff CED Magazine, June 2009
Article Date: 06-01-2009
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AED adds reinforcements to further address numerous threats, opportunities the industry faces on Capitol Hill.
As part of the association’s ongoing effort to enhance the equipment distribution industry’s political visibility and effectiveness, AED’s board of directors authorized the creation of a new position in the Washington office last summer. In essence, by adding a second full-time lobbyist in Washington, AED has doubled its “feet on the street” at Capitol Hill.
Daniel Fisher joined the Washington office team March 9 as the new director of government affairs and associate counsel, and he will lobby on behalf of equipment dealers on infrastructure, tax and labor issues. In addition, he will support other aspects of AED’s Government Affairs program, including member communications and grassroots development.
“We’re pleased to welcome Daniel to the Washington team,” said AED Vice President of Government Affairs and Washington Counsel Christian Klein. “His knowledge of the inner workings of the legislative process and outstanding communication skills will be tremendous assets to us in the months ahead as we tackle highway reauthorization, card check, LIFO repeal and other issues.”
Fisher hit the ground running since his first day on the job – just two days later, AED held its grassroots Card Check Action Day March 11.
“It’s been challenging and exciting,” said Fisher. “The construction equipment distribution industry is facing a multitude of issues on Capitol Hill and with the current administration. It’s important that AED’s voice is heard.”
In the short time since Fisher joined the AED Washington team, he has made significant inroads on the 3 percent government contractor withholding tax issue. If left unchecked, the federal government will withhold 3 percent on every bill paid to everyone who does business with federal, state or local governments (including those who sell equipment to them) beginning in 2012. By issuing a tax credit against the company’s tax liability the government aims at catching tax evaders but in reality will wind up devouring most if not all of some firms’ profit margins.
“In the course of scheduling meetings with congressional offices to introduce AED and the issues we’re facing this Congress, I’ve gotten four commitments to co-sponsor legislation on the contractor withholding tax,” said Fisher. “This is one of AED’s key legislative priorities this year, so this represents considerable progress for us on this issue.”
Fisher was instrumental in the planning of the Government Affairs Conference April 29-30, which was his first opportunity to meet face to face with AED members.
“The conference went great. I really enjoyed putting names to faces and I look forward to working with AED members going forward,” he said. “I think that it was definitely a sobering conference for attendees. They left with the knowledge that the industry will be confronting a lot of challenges over the next few years.”
Fisher comes to AED after serving four years on the Senate Judiciary Committee staff of Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA). As counsel to Sen. Specter, Fisher advised him and other senators on a wide range of legal and legislative issues that reflect the committee’s broad jurisdiction.
For the last two years, Fisher was responsible for legislation dealing with federal pre-emption, arbitration, the Freedom of Information Act and the False Claims Act. He also dealt with issues involving bankruptcy and antitrust law, and worked on executive and judicial nominations, including serving on the legal team that handled the confirmation of two Supreme Court justices.
In 2002, Fisher graduated magna cum laude, with a bachelor’s degree in political science and public policy from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Fisher earned his juris doctor degree from George Mason University School of Law in 2005. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.
Fisher can be reached by phone at 703-739-9513 or via e-mail at
Technical Experts Convene at AED Headquarters
Members of The AED Foundation’s Technical Training Committee (TTS) conducted their annual spring meeting April 2 at AED’s headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill. Traveling at their own expense and contributing a full day of their expertise and guidance on a wide range of issues, members of the TTC are responsible for maintaining updated AED technical standards and assessing the curricula of post-secondary technical schools that are affiliated with AED or working toward accreditation or alliance status.
Glenn Williamson (back row, second from left) chairs the TTC; he is joined by (left to right) Front Row: Pat Novak, AED Foundation; Steve Johnson, AED Foundation; Steve Hitch, Caterpillar; Mike Hayes, Komatsu America; Dan Gunderson, Central Lakes College; Deven Detloff, Deere & Co.; Ronnie Lowe, Wake Technical Community College; Keith Cripe, Ferris State University; Mark Pfeifer, Bobcat Company; Kenny Acton, retired, Ferris State University; George Stanek, Linn State Technical College; Back row: Richard Jilek, Dressta North America; Clayton Swanson, visitor, North Dakota State College of Science; Richard Hoffmeyer, McCann Industries; Gary Maike, visitor, Ferris State University; Terry Marhol, North Dakota State College of Science.
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