John Sweeney
John Sweeney

John Sweeney, former New York Republican Congressman, is representing General Motors on legislative and regulatory matters in DC.

Elected to Congress in 1998, Sweeney was defeated in 2006 by now-Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in 2006.

Sweeney, a conservative who enjoyed strong support from labor, has close ties to president Trump. He organized the 2016 New York GOP primary for Trump and then went on to lead on-the-ground efforts in Michigan and Wisconsin and serve on the transition team.

Sweeney also represents the interest of Russia's Vnesheconombank, which is a state-controlled investment bank.

His firm received $187,500 from VEB during the six-month period ended Feb. 29, 2020. President Obama sanctioned VEB in 2014 following Russia's invasion of Ukraine and its annexation of Crimea.

Sweeney contacted the offices of Republican Senators Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, as well as former White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, on behalf of VEB during the past year.