Advisor, Bureau of Land Management
Thomas Baptiste is serving as an advisor at the Bureau of Land Management.
Thomas Baptiste, a graduate of Hobart College, is GOP operative. He has held positions as a senior project director at the Braynard Group, a consulting firm that has worked for conservative clients such as Americans for Prosperity and Americans for Tax Reform, and more recently as a data manager on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
Sources: [Department of the Interior, FOIA Response, 06/07/17, Suzanne Merkelson, “ALEC Wants Lobbyists (and You) to Help Rearrange Deckchairs on the Titanic,” Huffington Post, 06/13/12, and “Internet Development – Better Design and Lower Costs,” Braynard.com, accessed via archive.org]
Additional Background on Employers of Note:
Thomas Baptiste worked for the Braynard Group Inc, a “consulting firm” that has worked on “astroturf projects” for groups including the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity.
The Braynard Group is a “consulting firm” that “provides services in voter targeting, polling, fundraising, and web development.” The Braynard Group has worked on “astroturf projects” for “corporate fronts like the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity and a ‘Stop eTaxes’ website dedicated to protecting the Amazon tax loophole.” An archived version of Braynard Group’s website described the firm has having an “ongoing relationship with Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform” and has created websites for ATR.
[LinkedIn Profile for Thomas Baptiste, accessed 07/05/17, “Matt Braynard,” Leadership Institute, accessed 07/05/17, Suzanne Merkelson, “ALEC Wants Lobbyists (and You) to Help Rearrange Deckchairs on the Titanic,” Huffington Post, 06/13/12, and “Internet Development – Better Design and Lower Costs,” Braynard.com, accessed via archive.org]