Chuck Schumer's general counsel, once a Goldman Sachs lobbyist, won't disclose the names of 95% of his former clients

Mark Patterson is Chuck Schumer's general counsel; he used to be a lobbyist for Goldman Sachs, and he had 20 important clients, 19 of whom he has declined to name on his financial disclosure statements.

Schumer has foot-dragged and fumbled his way through two years during which he was supposed to be putting an end to the revolving door between lobbying and government oversight. Patterson's opacity doesn't bode well for the future of the fight to get money out of politics.

A coalition of 20 organizations recently wrote to Schumer demanding that he work to fill Democratic vacancies at the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Merit Systems Protection Board. The letter faulted Schumer for allowing Trump's judicial nominees to win confirmation by unanimous consent. Schumer could have used those vacancies as leverage to force votes on his party's regulatory nominees, the progressives argued.

Goldman Lobbyist Turned Schumer General Counsel Is Hiding Most Former Clients' Names [Andrew Perez/The Intercept]