As more and more videos come out of Jonathan Gruber saying things like how a “lack of transparency” or “the stupidity of American voters” helped get the Affordable Care Act passed, one can’t help but wonder: On what other policies has this guy worked?
Former Romney foreign policy spokesman and current Fox News contributor Richard Grenell noticed an odd fact about the loose-lipped MIT economist’s past interactions with the federal government:
Gruber got $103,500 from the State Dept. have any State Dept reporters bothered to ask why? who approved?
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) November 18, 2014
The Washington Post did some digging and found out from the State Department that Gruber’s services were retained in 2008 “to provide an expert opinion and expert testimony in the NAFTA [North American Free Trade Agreement] Chapter 11 investment claim (Grand River Enterprises v. United States of America).”
The Post notes that this means Gruber once also worked for the George W. Bush administration, under Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice. His assignment reportedly ended in 2010, under the Obama administration.
Unlike Obamacare, however, there’s not much about this State Dept. role that Gruber could bungle with a handful of incriminating videos. That Grand River Enterprises case was a relatively mundane one involving a Canadian tobacco company claiming their NAFTA rights had been violated by prior agreements the U.S. states made with tobacco companies in the 1990s.
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