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American Petroleum Institute
Charles J DiBona

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Frank Ikard    

President of the American Petroleum Institute. Later became a worker for disabled and educational charities.

Former Rep from Texas, who once ran the API

1969–86: CV of PR man Robert D Stoepker who was at the Amerian Petroleum Institute at the time Frank Ikard was President.
    American Petroleum Institute, Washington, D.C.
    Senior Communications Advisor [1969-1986] Created Broadcast Media Relations section of API Public Relations department and served as its first manager. Established the API as primary contact for radio and television news inquiries about petroleum industry issues.

1985 Jul 27: Roll Call, reports that

"Many former members of Congress who join law firms are actually lobbyists, although some such as former Sen. Charles Goodell (NY), prefer to call themselves 'legislative attorneys.' Lobbying is not really a new role for anyone who has ever served in Congress since Congressmen are always lobbying one another to gain sopport for a particularpieee of legislation. "There's nothing wrong with it except I just didn't feel like I wanted to go out and impose on my friends and make money doing it," says Wilbur Mills. [??]

    Former Rep. Frank Ikard (Texas) agrees with Mills. "I think a former member should have the right to the Floor (a lifetime perk), but I don't feel that I ought to exercise it," says Ikard, now a partner in the Washington office of Finley Kumble.

    "I have something to sell here and I would have had to develop something back home," says former Rep. Jack McDonald (Mich), who is not an attorney, but uses his congressional experience to serve clients.

1987 July: National Journal article reports on lobbyists
    American Petroleum Institute (API) .
    Big Oil's big group used to matter a lot, back when former Repi Frank Ikard ran the place. But no longer. Charles J. DiBona, API's president since 1979, is smart and combative but during his tenure, the group has ceded its lobbying might to the major oil companies that dominate it. Each has a sizable Washington office, and API doesn't do much more than coordinate them.

API has no political action committee; worse, the industry is far from monolithic, forcing API at crucial moments to sit on its hands. It distributes good technical information to its members and still can influence the general outlines of policy debate, but it's proved unable to compromise and has had "very little impact on the legislative process that I've seen," an energy lobbyist said "I've never seen API around much."

1990 Aug 22: Chairman of the Institutional Communications Company, writing to Ralph Vinovich of the Tobacco Institute about Robert Dole's Arthritis Foundation" giving Done a lifelong achievement award.
    The charges are $10,000 for a table of ten + a private VIP meeting beforehand.



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