Robert Powelson, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission & Drexel University

Powelson will reportedly be one of Trump's nominees for one of three vacancies at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the agency that approves interstate energy-transmission projects, including numerous controversial natural-gas pipelines.[1] 

Daniel DiLella, Equus Capital Partners

DiLella is the President and CEO of private equity real estate manager Equus Capital. He contributed the maximum amount of $5,000 to Trump's transition committee, "Trump for America."[2] 

Arthur Pasquarella, Equus Capital Partners

Arthur Pasquarella is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of private equity real estate manager Equus Capital Partners. He contributed at least $8100 to Trump's campaign.[3]

Brian Roberts, Comcast Corporation

Brian Roberts is the Chairman and CEO of Comcast Corporation. Comcast is collaborating with and benefitting from the Trump agenda in several ways. In January, Comcast contributed $250,000 to Trump's inaugural fundraising committee.[4] On Comcast's first investor call after the presidential election, Roberts signaled that his company was excited to collaborate with the Trump administration on deregulation that would prove to be profitable for Comcast, saying, "We’re looking forward to working with the new administration and the new regulatory leaders to try to frame something that’s good for consumers and give us a stable platform that we can invest and I think should allow us to accelerate both business opportunities."[5] Trump and the GOP's corporate-friendly regulatory environment paid off big for Comcast very soon after that call, when the Congressional GOP voted to rollback Obama-era regulations that prohibited internet service providers, including Comcast,  from storing and selling their users’ browsing histories without their consent. The vote was widely criticized as a prime example of Congress bowing to pressure from corporate donors to pass legislation that is solely for corporate benefit,  at the expense of everyone else.[6]

Daniel Hilferty, Independence Blue Cross

Daniel Hilferty is the President and CEO of Independence Blue Cross, one of the nation's largest health insurers. In February, Hilferty and other healthcare executives met with Trump to discuss health care reform.[7] A week earlier, Hilferty had told the media that Trump's initial healthcare plan was a "good start."[8] Hilferty also chairs the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, which contributed the maximum amount of $5,000 to Trump's transition fundraising committee, Trump for America.[9] 

James Schultz, Cozen O'Connor

James Schultz is a partner at Cozen O’Connor and the former general counsel of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In late January, he was selected to work as associate White House counsel and special assistant to President Trump. Schultz was an early supporter of Trump who helped on his ultimately successful primary campaign in Pennsylvania. Schultz also played an integral  role at the Republican National Convention, where he reportedly gave  advice and assistance on floor operations as well as to the platform and rules committees. After Schultz announced he would join the Trump White House, Cozen O'Connor President and CEO Michael J. Heller celebrated the news, saying, “Serving in the Office of White House Counsel is an extremely prestigious honor. We are very proud of Jim and his appointment to serve in that office."[10]

John McNesby, Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5

John McNesby is the President of Philadelphia's police union, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5. Like the national FOP, the Philadelphia police union endorsed Trump for president.[11] McNesby is also one of several FOP leaders who recently met with Trump, Pence, and Sessions for a "listening session."[12]

Jay Weitzman, Park America

Jay Weitzman is the President and Founder of Park America, a parking management company based in Bala Cynwyd. The company has 10 parking garages across Philadelphia, as well as additional locations in New Jersey, Delaware, Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, and Florida. In December, Weitzman contributed $25,000 to Trump's inaugural fundraising committee.[13] 

Joshua Harris, Apollo Global Management & The Philadelphia 76ers (Wells Fargo Center)

Joshua Harris is a billionaire Co-founder and  Senior Managing Director of private equity giant Apollo Global Management. He also owns the Philadelphia 76ers. In March, he was among a handful of business leaders who met with Trump to discuss the President's infrastructure plan, which private equity firms including Apollo stand to make enormous profits from.[14] It seems the meeting (and Trump's ongoing close relationships with private equity billionaires, including Stephen Schwarzman of Blackstone)[15] is paying off for private equity; Trump's tax plan maintains key tax loopholes for private equity firms[16] and it is becoming increasingly clear that the Trump agenda of corporate de-regulation will enrich private equity billionaires including Harris.[17] 

Philip Rinaldi, Retired Chairman and CEO of Philadelphia Energy Solutions

Phil Rinaldi is the retired Chairman and CEO of Philadelphia Energy Solutions, the largest oil refining complex on the East Coast. For the last several years, he has also been the architect and public cheerleader of a plan to make Philadelphia an "energy hub," vastly expanding dirty oil and gas infrastructure in the region. In October, he contributed the maximum amount of $5,000 to Trump's transition fundraising committee, Trump for America.[18]

Eric Foss, Aramark

Eric Foss is the Chairman, President, and CEO of Aramark. Aramark is a prison profiteer corporation; it operates commissaries, laundry facilities, kitchens, and facility management for more than 500 prisons in the United States.[19] Aramark's Healthcare and Correctional Services Businesses generate approximately $2.4 billion in annual revenue.[20] Earlier this year, Aramark won a three-year, $154 million food-procurement and management contract for 26 PA state correctional facilities.[21] Aramark is therefore poised to profit from Trump's promises to crack down on crime and "illegal immigration"-- which translate into putting more people behind bars. Foss is also a member of the Business Roundtable,[22] the Jamie Dimon- headed corporate trade group that is looking to re-make itself into an influential powerhouse in the Trump era in order to take full advantage of Trump's "pro-business agenda."[23]

Bruce Toll, Toll Brothers & BET Investments

Bruce Toll is the co-founder of Toll Brothers, a Pennsylvania-based luxury homebuilder with properties across the United States. He retired from the Toll Brothers board last year and is now a principal at BET Investments, a real estate investment firm that owns, manages, and develops office buildings, retail complexes, and apartment buildings. Toll is a member of Mar-a-Lago. He told The New York Times that he owns a home near Mar-a-Lago and frequently interacts with Trump at the private club. According to The New York Times, “While [the two] did not discuss any of Mr. Toll’s specific projects, [Toll] said, the two would occasionally discuss national issues, such as Mr. Trump’s plans to increase spending on highways and other infrastructure projects. ‘Maybe you ought to do this or that,’ Mr. Toll said of the kind of advice that Mr. Trump got from club members.”[24]

George Norcross, Conner Strong & Buckelew

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, George Norcross is "a South Jersey Democratic power broker and insurance tycoon."[25] He is a member of Mar-a-Lago and a longtime friend of Trump. According to an article in The Palm Beach Daily News, Norcross consulted Trump when he and his wife bought a $10.9 million home on luxurious Everglades Island in Palm Beach.[26] 

Howard Marks & Bruce Karsh, Oaktree Capital Management & Piazza at Schmidt’s/The Schmidt’s Commons

Billionaire investors Howard Marks and Bruce Karsh are Co-Chairmen of the enormous, Los Angeles-based private equity firm Oaktree Capital Management. In 2013, they invested in Philadelphia's Piazza at Schmidts/The Schmidt’s Commons and Liberties Walk with Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner.[27]

Jared Kushner, Piazza at Schmidt’s/The Schmidt’s Commons

Jared Kushner is, of course, Trump's son-in-law and trusted advisor. In 2013, Kushner invested in the Piazza at Schmidts/The Schmidt’s Commons and Liberties Walk with Oaktree Capital Management when developer Bart Blatstein sold 60% of his interest in the properties.[28]



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