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Director, Office of Congressional Liaison

In February 2019, Cole Rojewski was appointed Director of the Office of Congressional Liaison at the Department of Interior (DOI). “The Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs (OCL) has responsibility for the development and implementation of strategies to advance the Department”s legislative initiatives and other interests relating to Congress.” 

Rojeski worked for US Representative David Valadao as an office manager, campaign manager, deputy chief of staff and chief of staff. In between his time as campaign manager and deputy chief of staff, Rojewski worked as a consultant for Valley Impact Strategies, where he raised money for Congressman Valadao. Before working for Rep. Valadao, Rokjewski worked as the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Victory Field Director for the Republican Party, and as a field operative for Devin Nunes. Rojewski started his career as a Government Affairs fellow for the agrochemical company Syngenta.

Source: [Two former House staffers join agency, Greenwire, 2/12/19; Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs, U.S. Department of Interior, accessed 2/15/19, LinkedIn]

Background Information

Previous Employers

Additional Background on Employers of Note:

While Working For Valley Impact Strategies, Rojewski Helped To Raise $95,000 For Republican Congressman David Valadao (CA-21).

Rojewski worked as a Consultant for Valley Impact Strategies where his responsibilities included bridging “…communications with RNC, NRCC, and campaign consultants to improve donor relations” and to “negotiate contracts, maintain relationships, and implement strategies with vendors and consultants.”  While Rojewski worked there, Valley Impact Strategies gave his former employee, Rep. David Valadao (CA-21), $52,000 during the 2016 political cycle and $43,000 during the 2018 cycle.

Sources: [Opensecrets.org, Search for Valley Impact Strategies 2016, accessed 2/15/19; Opensecrets.org, Search for Valley Impact Strategies 2018, accessed 2/15/19; Cole Rojewski, LinkedIn, accessed 2/15/19]

Cole Rojewski Was A Republican Party Operative. 

Rojewski was paid $9,775.62 to work for the Republican Party in 2012 and received a $10,000 win bonus for helping David Valadao get elected in 2017. He also received several other payments as a consultant and field director from the Valadao campaign.

Source: [Federal Election Commission, accessed 2/15/19; Federal Election Commission, accessed 6/26/19]

Rojewski Worked For US Representative Devin Nunes, A Staunch Supporter of President Trump Who Has Been Investigated For Improperly Disclosing Classified Information

Cole Rojewski worked for US Representative Devin Nunes from December 2010 until April 2012. Since then, Nunes has positioned himself as an ally of President Trump. “In the lead up to election day, Nunes fundraised for Trump, defended him in the media, downplayed Russian interference, and secured himself an influential position on the Transition Team.” 

In 2017, Nunes was accused of improperly disclosing classified information to the public and had to step aside from overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election while the Office of Congressional Ethics investigated the allegations.

Sources: [Medium, 1/30/18; LA Times, 4/6/17]

Financials

Financial Disclosure

Source: [Office of Government Ethics]

Political Connections

While Working For Valley Impact Strategies, Rojewski Helped To Raise $95,000 For Republican Representative David Valadao (CA-21).

Rojewski worked as a Consultant for Valley Impact Strategies where his responsibilities included bridging “…communications with RNC, NRCC, and campaign consultants to improve donor relations” and to “negotiate contracts, maintain relationships, and implement strategies with vendors and consultants.”  While Rojewski worked there, Valley Impact Strategies gave his former employee, Rep. David Valadao (CA-21), $52,000 during the 2016 political cycle and $43,000 during the 2018 cycle.

Sources: [Opensecrets.org, Search for Valley Impact Strategies 2016, accessed 2/15/19; Opensecrets.org, Search for Valley Impact Strategies 2018, accessed 2/15/19; Cole Rojewski, LinkedIn, accessed 2/15/19]

 

Cole Rojewski Was A Republican Party Operative. 

Rojewski was paid $9,775.62 to work for the Republican Party in 2012 and received a $10,000 win bonus for helping David Valadao get elected in 2017. He also received several other payments as a consultant and field director from the Valadao campaign.

Source: [Federal Election Commission, accessed 2/15/19; Federal Election Commission, accessed 6/26/19]

 

Rojewski Worked For US Representative Devin Nunes, A Staunch Supporter of President Trump Who Has Been Investigated For Improperly Disclosing Classified Information

Cole Rojewski worked for US Representative Devin Nunes from December 2010 until April 2012. Since then, Nunes has positioned himself as an ally of President Trump. “In the lead up to election day, Nunes fundraised for Trump, defended him in the media, downplayed Russian interference, and secured himself an influential position on the Transition Team.” 

In 2017, Nunes was accused of improperly disclosing classified information to the public and had to step aside from overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election while the Office of Congressional Ethics investigated the allegations.

Sources: [Medium, 1/30/18; LA Times, 4/6/17]

Current Activity

Rojewski Has Criticized Efforts By The House Oversight and Natural Resources Committees To Obtain Testimony From Interior Officials About Secretary Bernhardt’s Calendar and Schedule.

“On May 7, Democrat Reps. Elijah Cummings of Maryland and Raul Grijalva of Arizona, the top Democrats on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and the Committee on Natural Resources, respectively, threatened to withhold the pay of Interior employees that interfered with or refused Congressional requests to testify.”[…]“Cole Rojewski, director of the Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs at DOI, responded to Cummings and Grijalva’s threats in a letter dated May 10” … ‘The Department rejects allegations by [the House Oversight Committee] that we have refused to make these officials available for transcribed interviews,’ Rojewski wrote. ‘These employees have been instructed by counsel that they are free to submit to such interviews if they so choose.’”

Source: [The Daily Caller, 05/12/19]

Other Information

At Fresno State, after losing the race for student body President, Cole Rojewski insisted the winner should step down due to his undocumented status.

While attending Fresno State in 2010, Cole Rojewski ran for student body president and lost to Pedro Ramirez, an illegal immigrant. When the news broke that Pedro was not a US citizen, Rojewski, the head of the College Republicans, thought he should either step down or be removed from office. Fresno State President John Welty noted that Ramirez filed the proper paperwork when he applied to college and that the young man informed him and faculty advisers about his immigration status.

Source: [Modesto Bee, 11/29/10]