- 1 Biography
- 2 Controversies
- 3 Political connections
- 4 Corporate connections
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Family and early life
Law firm and lobbying
[Feeney was most likely the registered agent for Yang Enterprises right from when it was founded in 1986.]
Florida legislative career
US House career
Life after politics
Conflicts of interest
Yang Enterprises ties
Main article: 9/11
- Bush family
- Florida state government
- American Legislative Exchange Council - Has given Feeney awards
- Orlando Sentinel, "Previous speakers have lobbied, but only after leaving office", 2001/11/20: "It is not a violation of state ethics law to serve" as a state legislator and to lobby local governments. It is a violation, however, to serve as a state legislator and lobby state government. [...] No other speaker in state history is thought to have served as a lobbyist while presiding over the House. Eight of the past 10 speakers have become lobbyists, but only after leaving office. One, Bolley "Bo" Johnson, left a federal prison earlier this year after serving a two-year term for income-tax invasion, in part for money received while he was speaker from a business lobbying the state. [...] While there is no central record-keeping, experts say Feeney is the only member of the 160-person Legislature known to be a registered lobbyist anywhere in Florida. Feeney is registered to lobby in Orange for: Republic Services Inc., the massive waste-hauling firm owned by Republican Party donor Wayne Huizenga, who is the founder and former owner of both the Florida Marlins and Blockbuster Entertainment. Yang Enterprises Inc., an Oviedo-based computer-programming and data-storage company. Wackenhut Inc., the massive South Florida-based security company that runs two of the state's five privately run prisons."
- UPI, "Elections 2002: Fla 24, hoping to move up", 2002/10/21 - attacks against Feeney in his 2002 campaign over influence peddling: "Attorney Harry Edwards of Sanford, Fla., said during Feeney's 12 years in the House he used his influence to get government contracts for his law firm's clients, Yang Enterprises computer company and the Wackenhut security firm. "You claim it's legal. I think it's wrong, and it certainly doesn't passthe smell test," said Edwards in one of a series of debates."
- Brad Friedman, "Uncovered Email 'Contradicts' Feeney Statements to 'Florida Commission on Ethics'!", 2004/12/30
- Brad Friedman, "'New Times Broward-Palm Beach' Jumps into Feeney, Yang (YEI), Curtis Fray! [UPDATED]", 2005/02/08 - article about Feeney's continuing relationship to YEI
- Brad Friedman, "Feeney Caught Lying Again About His Association with Yang Enterprises!", 2005/02/28
- Clint Curtis, Just a Fly on the Wall, p.34: "The Bush people were going to capitalize on an event that would allow them to lead through fear. "If you can keep people afraid they are easy to manipulate.""
- US House bio for Tom Feeney
- Michelle Looney email from August 2017 providing info on Feeney as a registered agent for the Yangs' companies in Florida
- ALEC award in 1992
- In 1994, Feeney sponsored a school voucher law in the Florida legislature
- Jeb Bush campaign
- 1996 NYTimes article calls Feeney a "favorite of Christian conservatives"
- Orlando Weekly on 1998/11/05 calls Feeney "the Sunshine State's new GOP golden boy"
- Local news articles on Feeney and YEI
- Daytona Beach News-Journal, "Feeney's role in FDOT contract dispute questioned", 2002/06/09
- Daytona Beach News-Journal, "E-mails at odds with Feeney denials", 2002/10/12
- Associated Press, "Records: Feeney arranged meeting", 2002/10/13
- Orlando Sentinel, "Feeney's Ethics Case Goes Before State Today", 2002/10/25: pages 1, 2
- New Times Broward-Palm Beach, "Pulp Nonfiction", 2005/02/10
- Orlando Weekly, "Let Tom Feeney be the judge", 2003/12/25: "The Feeney Amendment, as it is now called, restricts the authority of federal judges who are more lenient than permitted under federal sentencing guidelines. "He wants judges to be robots," says attorney Steve Mason, who lives in Feeney's district, which includes parts of Seminole, Orange, Brevard and Volusia counties."
- Washington Post, "The Reaganest Republican", 2004/06/11
- Tom Feeney, "Feeney Helps Volusia Sheriff Acquire Patrol Boat", 2005/05/25: "U.S. Rep. Tom Feeney (R-Oviedo) announced that today the Volusia County Sheriff's Department received a new on-water patrol vessel to enhance its law enforcement capabilities on Volusia County's waterways and coastline. The Sheriff's Department was nominated by Congressman Feeney to receive the patrol boat and the loan was facilitated by the Congressional PWC Loan Program, which was launched by industry manufacturers this year. [...] "We're extremely appreciative of Congressman Feeney's leadership and Daytona Fun Machines' civic spirit in providing this craft for use by our deputies," said Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson."
- Awards from the Council for National Policy
- Brad Friedman, "FEENEY ATTORNEY THREATENS HOMETOWN PAPER WITH LEGAL ACTION!", 2004/12/24 - points out Feeney's power and influence in the state of Florida around 2000
- China relationship
- Space Politics, "Tom Feeney’s excellent Chinese adventure", 2006/02/17 - article on Feeney's trip to China concerning their space program
- p.205 of The New Space Race: China vs. USA by Erik Seedhouse claims Feeney was concerned about the US being overtaken by China in the space race
- Christian Science Monitor, "GOP rift over US firms in China", 2006/02/17 - shows that Feeney considers US corporations doing business in authoritarian countries like China acceptable
- Jack Abramoff connections
- Brad Friedman, "Feeney/St. Andrews/Abramoff and Ney/HAVA/Abramoff Connections Still Flying Beneath the Radar", 2006/05/08
- Brad Friedman, "FEENEY UNDERSTATED COSTS OF SCOTLAND GOLF JUNKET WITH ABRAMOFF, ACCORDING TO COURT DOCS", 2007/04/25
- Brad Friedman, "Tom Feeney Creates Legal Defense Fund", 2007/06/22
- Brad Friedman, "Feeney Reportedly Off Hook in Abramoff Probe", 2009/08/05 - response by Bob Ney: "Interesting decision, huh!!! Maybe I should have been on the ticket with the President's Brother a few years back :-) Alberto Gonzales, wonder if he weighed in on this before exiting his job?"
- Brad Friedman, "Clint Curtis Campaign Asks 'What Did Tom Feeney Know About Foley and When Did He Know It?'", 2006/10/09: "The question of what Feeney knew about Foley, when he knew about it and what he did about it is an appropriate one. Feeney, as Deputy Whip, is a member of the House GOP leadership who had reportedly been informed long ago of the "Foley Problem." Feeney is also a Florida caucus colleague of the now-disgraced child predator and proudly worked with Foley on bills such as the PROTECT Act of 2003 to punish those who would exploit children."
- Politico, "Karl Rove accosted by ex-GOP chief of staff", 2009/04/09: "Former Bush adviser Karl Rove was verbally accosted Thursday evening by an ex-chief of staff to former Rep. Tom Feeney (R-Fla.). Rove was quietly having dinner at the tony restaurant Charlie Palmer Steak on Capitol Hill when he was aggressively approached by Jason Roe, the former Feeney staffer. Roe, now of Federal Strategy Group, was "loud and boisterous" toward Rove. He was apparently (still) upset over the following comments Rove made on Fox News, the day after the election, in which Feeney — along with many other Republicans — went down in flames. [...] Roe: "I don't know that I'm famous, but I'm Tom Feeney's former chief of staff, and I'm offended by your comments on Fox about Tom. You guys wouldn't be in the White House without Tom. And you made these really degrading comments about him that offended a lot of people." (Sidenote: Tom Feeney was the speaker of the Florida House of Representatives during the whole Bush/Gore 2000 recount.) Rove: "Well, I have a file on the things Tom Feeney said about George Bush." Roe: "That says more about you than me that you kept a file on Tom Feeney. This guy was so restrained in his desire to criticize the president — even against this staff's advice." [...] Rumor has it Rove was waiting to have dinner with former RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman."
- South Florida Business Journal, "Tom Feeney to lead Associated Industries of Florida", 2011/12/15
- Murder of political consultant Ralph Gonzalez (former executive director of the Georgia GOP and head of Strategum Group) and two others