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Former Director of Scheduling and Advance

Rusty Roddy formerly served as the Interior Department’s Director of Scheduling and Advance. He left the position in January 2018.

Russell “Rusty” Roddy, a graduate of Auburn University, is a Washington insider who worked in three Republican administrations before joining Trump’s Interior Department. In the 1980s, Roddy worked in the Department of the Interior in the Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations, then moved to the Department of Energy during the George H.W. Bush administration. He also worked in the George W. Bush administration. While marketing director at Gallery Watch, the company mailed “about 1,000…faceless voodoo dolls to lobbyists, corporate politicos and legislative gurus to promote the company’s service that tracks federal legislation.”

Sources: [Department of the Interior, Press Release, 05/26/17, LinkedIn Profile for Rusty Roddy, accessed 02/02/17, Donna De Marco, “GalleryWatch.com pins its name to a voodoo-doll mail campaign,” The Washington Times, 07/24/00, Melissa Campanelli, “GalleryWatch.com’s Campaign Casts Spell Over Washington,” DMN News, 07/20/00, “Dimensionals,” Chief Marketer, 09/01/00, and Ben Lefebvre, “Sources: Interior parts ways with advance staffer,” Politico Pro, 01/30/18]

Special Interests

National Park Foundation (Protecting Public Lands)

Roddy worked at the National Park Foundation, which is the official charitable partner of the National Park Service and raises private funds to support national parks.

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Background Information

Previous Employers

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Rusty Roddy, a Washington insider, has worked in three Republican administrations. Roddy worked in the Department of the Interior in the Reagan administration, the Energy and Interior Departments in the George H.W. Bush administration, and the Office of National Drug Policy in the George W. Bush administration.

Rusty Roddy, from November 1988 to November 1989, was a “Confidential Assistant to the Director of the Office of Surface Mining” within the Department of the Interior.

From November 1989 to January 1991 he served as “Confidential Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy” within the Department of Energy. Rusty Roddy, from January 1991 to January 1992, was a “Special Assisant [sic]” in the “Office of the Secretary – Office of Special Projects” within the Department of Energy.

[LinkedIn profile for Rusty Roddy, accessed 02/02/17]

Rusty Roddy was the “Intergovernmental Affairs Liaison” within the White House Office of National Drug Policy from May 2004 to June 2005.

In a November 2004 executive branch staff list, Roddy also appears as “Public Affairs Specialist (Events Manger)” within the Office of National Drug Control Policy in the Executive Office of the President.

[LinkedIn profile for Rusty Roddy, accessed 02/02/17 and Plumbook, Government Publishing Office, 11/22/04]

Rusty Roddy, in 2000, was the marketing director at Gallery Watch, which is a company that monitors “the progress of legislation through Congress for subscribers.”

Gallery Watch sent “faceless voodoo dolls to lobbyists, corporate politicos and legislative gurus” to promote the company’s legislation tracking service when Roddy was the marketing director.

[“Dimensionals,” Chief Marketer, 09/01/00]

While Rusty Roddy was marketing director the company mailed “about 1,000…faceless voodoo dolls to lobbyists, corporate politicos and legislative gurus to promote the company’s service that tracks federal legislation.”

The dolls arrived “in a box that reads: ‘GalleryWatch.com has everything you need to track legislation…now here’s something to help influence it.’”

Gallery Watch also used a voodoo doll in its marketing with “incantations” like “‘Ways and Means. House Rules, too. Heed my wishes or I’ll voodoo you,’ and ‘Snow and sleet. Ice and rain. Pass this bill or feel some pain.’” Market Watch used “voodoo facts” to help its clients “influence” legislation. A marketing publication reported that “the accuracy of the voodoo facts” was “dubious.”

[Donna De Marco, “GalleryWatch.com pins its name to a voodoo-doll mail campaign,” The Washington Times, 07/24/00, Melissa Campanelli, “GalleryWatch.com’s Campaign Casts Spell Over Washington,” DMN News, 07/20/00 and “Dimensionals,” Chief Marketer, 09/01/00]

Political Connections

Rusty Roddy, who donated more than $1,500 to George Bush and Donald Trump’s presidential campaigns, was also paid over $20,000 for “Event Consulting” for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

Rusty Roddy donated $1,250 to George W. Bush’s 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns.

[Search for Russell W. Roddy, Federal Election Commission, accessed 02/24/17]

Rusty Roddy donated $250 to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

[Search for Russell W. Roddy, Federal Election Commission, accessed 07/03/17]

On November 10, 2016, Rusty Roddy was paid $20,483.13 by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign for “Event Consulting.” He was also paid $2,234.25 on November 21, 2016.

[Donald J. Trump for President FEC Report, Federal Election Commission, accessed 02/14/17]

Russell Roddy was the Director of Partnerships & Public Events for the National Park Foundation, where he planned “high profile media events” for such luminaries as “the Jonas Brothers.”

Rusty Roddy was the “Director, Partnerships & Public Events” at the National Park Foundation from September 2008 until 2009. Roddy’s duties included planning “high profile media events” for such luminaries as “the Jonas Brothers.”

[LinkedIn profile for Rusty Roddy, accessed 02/02/17 and Search for Roddy, National Park Foundation, accessed 02/14/17]

Financials

Financial Disclosure

Source: Office of Government Ethics

Department of the Interior salary: $131,767

[Russell W. Roddy, ProPublica’s Trump Town, accessed 03/15/18]

Other Information

Rusty Roddy has posted a variety of offensive remarks on Facebook. He implied that a Liberian woman was a prostitute simply because she was a Liberian, and told a woman riding a horse she had worn “kind of a low cut top…hope your ‘girls’ stayed under cover… Yee-haw!”

In 2009, Rusty Roddy posted a photo of a Liberian woman on Facebook and made a comment that appears to make fun of the way she speaks, saying, “this is the lady who is like the top entertainer in Liberia. She is the one who sang her number one hit ‘Tank Ew Gorge Butch’ at the luncheon at the Presidential Palace in Liberia and got the President up on stage to dance with her.”

[deleted Facebook post by Russell Roddy, accessed 02/24/17]

On a photo of the same woman standing with one of his friends, Rusty Roddy repeated his jab at the woman’s speaking and implied that she is a prostitute. Roddy commented, “I knew you had the same pic. ‘Tank Ew Gorge Butch.’ I kind of feel that she two-timed me though hugging on you like that…but, wait…is that cash in her hand.”

He continued, “as I recall, Liberia was know[n] for their ‘paid companionship’…and I guess you were a happy and satisfied customer based on the smile.”

[Facebook post by Russell Roddy, accessed 07/13/09]

Rusty Roddy, in 2009, commented on a photo of a woman on a horse. He said, “not one to really offer fashion advice…but…um…kind of a low cut top in which to ride horses…hope your ‘girls’ stayed under cover if you ran that horse. Yee-haw!”

[Facebook comment by Russell Roddy, 08/31/09]