The National Republican Congressional Committee last year ran ads asking "Is Baron Hill running for Congress in Indiana, or China?” The background: Hill, a member of the Energy & Commerce Committee, was a big booster of renewable energy subsidies, some of which went to Chinese-owned windmill companies using Chinese labor.
The question is even more poignant today, now that Hill has cashed out to APCO Worldwide, a lobbying firm whose headline client is COSCO, a shipping company owned by the Communist government of the People's Republic of China.
Hill joins his former colleagues Bart Stupak and Earl Pomeroy in delivering key votes for health-care reform that proved fatal to his political career -- before cashing out to a lobbying firm representing those companies that profit from it, making Hill part of the Great Health-Care Cashout. APCO worldwide last year claimed powerful ObamaCare backer PhRMA as a client.
Hill was also an agressive backer of climate change regulations, which won him typical praise from the Left. Here's the Center for American Progress:
Faced with relentless attacks on his vote for clean energy legislation, Rep. Baron Hill (D-IN) slammed his critics for questioning climate science and doing the bidding of special interests who are destroying the environment. In a recent debate with challengers Republican Todd Young and Libertarian Greg Knott, Hill explained why he supported the American Clean Energy and Security Act, which would have limited greenhouse pollution, put billions of dollars into a clean energy economy, and created new jobs in Indiana.
It's harder to hold that Hill-stood-up-to-the-special-interests line now that he is a top lobbyist at a firm representing Solar Trust and Dow Corning, two big corporations that stand to profit from the very legislation he backed.