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Deputy Director of Communications for the Department of the Interior

Russell Newell serves as the deputy director of communications for the Department of the Interior.

Russell Newell began his career at Fidelity Investments before getting a communications job on Mitt Romney’s 2002 gubernatorial campaign. Next, from 2004 to 2005, he was a speechwriter at the Department of Homeland Security, and from 2005 to 2006 claims he was the “chief speechwriter” for Governor Jeb Bush. From 2006 to 2007, he was a senior speechwriter in the George W. Bush administration’s Interior Department, and the following year he worked as a speechwriter for the State Department. He then worked as a senior communications specialist at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, which is a “self-sustaining U.S. Government agency that helps American businesses invest in emerging markets.” Next, he was a senior media advisor for a lieutenant general in Iraq. From March 2011 to November 2011 he worked as the director of comm unications and media relations for the Institute for Legal Reform, a project of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that aims to “reduce excessive and frivolous litigation” and that has spent “as much as $107 million on lobbying efforts including bills to undermine victims’ rights.” Most recently, Newell worked as the director of executive & corporate communication at Disney/ABC Television Group.

[Department of the Interior, Press Release, 07/27/17, LinkedIn Profile for Russell Newell, accessed 07/31/17, “Who We Are,” Overseas Private Investment Corporation, accessed 07/31/17, “Institute for Legal Reform,” U.S. Chamber of Commerce, accessed 07/31/17, and “Big Business Spent Tens of Millions Lobbying for Extreme Bills Intended to Block People’s Legal Rights to Seek Justice Against Corporate Recklessness and Medical Malpractice,” Public Citizen, 03/17]


Financial Disclosure

[Office of Government Ethics]

Department of the Interior salary: $153,730

[Russell Newell, ProPublica’s Trump Town, accessed 03/15/18]