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Senior Deputy Director for the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs

Benjamin Cassidy joined the Department of the Interior in October 2017 as Senior Deputy Director for Intergovernmental and External Affairs. “The Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs (OIEA) strengthens relationships between state and local partners and external stakeholders with” Secretary Ryan Zinke’s office and “serves as liaison for governmental and non-governmental partners in communicating with Departmental offices and the Bureaus.”

Before joining the Department of the Interior, Benjamin Cassidy worked for nearly seven years as a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association (NRA) in Washington, D.C. ┬áHe previously worked as a “Young Guns Liaison” for the National Republican Congressional Committee in Washington, D.C. Cassidy holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.

Sources: [Department of the Interior, Press Release, 10/10/17, Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs, Department of the Interior, accessed 10/23/17, Wayne LaPierre, “Identifying NRA Lobbyists Walking The Halls of Congress,” Roll Call, 04/22/13, and LinkedIn Profile for Benjamin Cassidy, accessed 10/20/17]

Special Interests

National Rifle Association (Resource Development on Public Lands)

Benjamin Cassidy worked as a Federal Liaison for the National Rifle Association, which has received significant contributions from oil and gas interests.

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Financial Disclosure

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Department of the Interior Salary: $130,692

[Benjamin Cassidy, ProPublica’s TrumpTown, 03/13/18]