Bartlett Cleland

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Barlett Cleland is a lobbyist representing the high tech industry for TechAmerica, formally listed as Counsel and Senior Director of Policy.[1] TechAmerica is a technology industry lobbying group representing "approximately 1,200 member companies of all sizes from the public and commercial sectors of the economy."[2]

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Cleland is the Co-Chair of the Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), as of July 2011.[3]

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Cleland grew up in Illinois and "graduated from Millikin University with a B.S. in philosophy and business administration. He received his Masters of Business Administration, as well as his law degree with a specialization in international and comparative law, from St. Louis University. He is admitted to the Missouri bar."[4]

After his study, he worked for Lee Hecht Harrison as a consultant for executive outplacement. In 1994, he was a research assistant in the 'Ashcroft for Senate campaign', and in 1995 he worked for the then Missouri Senator John Ashcroft. He was the Senator's technology counsel from 1996 to 1998, where he worked with Paul Clement. From 1998 to 2000, he worked for Americans for Tax Reform as Grover Norquist's technology and policy counsel. From 2000 to 2005, he was Associate General Counsel and Vice President of Software at the Information Technology Association of America.[5]

In 2003, he was reported to be the top tax lobbyist[6] for Information Technology Association of America, where he lobbied for tax breaks for CEO compensation.[7]

In 2000, Cleland became the Director of the Center for Technology Freedom (CTF) at the Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI),[8] a Texas think tank founded by Dick Armey.[9]

The Center for Technology Freedom was created in 2000 when Cleland joined IPI.[10]

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  1. TechAmerica Federal Government Affairs, organizational website, accessed June 2, 2011
  2. TechAmerica TechAmerica, organization website, accessed June 14, 2011
  3. Telecommunications and Information Technology, ALEC website, Accessed May, 2011
  4. Advisory Committee to the Congressional Internet Caucus Bartlett Cleland, online biography, accessed June 14, 2011
  5. Ibid.
  6. Carolyn Lochhead Senate tax bill gives nod to Bush: Plan approved has 3-year reprieve on stock dividends, San Francisco Chronicle, May 16, 2003
  7. Alorie Gilbert New IRS rules may diminish stock perks, CNET News, April 29, 2002
  8. Testimony of Bartlett D. Cleland, Judiciary House website, Accessed May, 2011.
  9. Institute for Policy Innovation About the Institute for Policy Innovation, organizational website, accessed June 1, 2011.
  10. Institute for Policy Innovation Insights February 2000, organization newsletter, February 2000

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