Congress and Chilling Effect
May 21, 2009
Hosted by Kevin O'Neill
Congress was busy this week, approving legislation that helps homeowners prevent foreclosure and another measure that cracks down on credit card companies for arbitrarily raising rates. Vince Frillici, a senior public policy advisor at Patton Boggs, will dissect the bills and tell you what it all means. And we will examine the recent conviction against two self-proclaimed stock-picking experts who persuaded consumers on late-night infomercials to spend money on software and other products to play the market. Defense attorneys Christina Sarchio and Mark Schamel contend their clients were essentially found guilty of embellishment. They say their clients are being held to an impossibly high standard that could have a "chilling effect" on salespeople everywhere.
Thur 9 AM PT on VoiceAmerica Business Network
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Kevin O’Neill is a partner at Patton Boggs LLP in Washington D.C., the nation’s leading public policy law firm. Patton Boggs began as an international law firm concentrating in global business and trade but has evolved to become a full-service firm with a national presence in every major area of legal representation. In his professional experience, Kevin helps implement federal government relations plans to influence public policy and achieve a client’s strategic business objectives. Kevin’s clients include some of the nation’s most prestigious corporations, associations, colleges and universities, healthcare entities, local governments and transportation authorities. In 2004, he was one of the youngest major fundraisers for the Bush-Cheney reelection campaign. Kevin co-founded and currently serves as President of a bipartisan federal political action committee (PAC). In 2007, Kevin was a candidate for the Republican nomination in a special election in Virginia’s First Congressional District. Kevin has a dual degree in broadcast journalism and history from Syracuse University. Kevin has a law degree from the College of William & Mary, where he was an editor of the law review and is currently the President-Elect of the Law School’s Alumni Association. Kevin is married and lives in Williamsburg, Virginia with his wife and two children.