Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A "Close Race" for Congress in the East Bay

The DCCC is concerned about David Harmer unseating Rep. Jerry McNerney in a district with more registered Republican Voters.

A few key points the DCCC missed
David Harmer is very unscrupulous, he lost much support within the Republican party with his illegal tactics in the 2009 Special Election for Congressional seat in CA-10 last year.  You'll note he excludes that event from his Linkedin Profile.
David Harmer was a leader in the CA state proposition to outlaw Gay Marriage, popular as an initiative but neither he nor other candidates choose to include that information within their biographies.   

California's 11th District (CA - 11) Map »

Jerry McNerney (D) - David Harmer (R)

Jerry McNerney (D)

Running against David Harmer (R)

Jerry McNerney

The Choice

Jerry McNerney is fighting hard to create jobs, get the economy back on track and stand up for our country's veterans.  Corporate lawyer David Harmer, who worked for a debt collection agency and a Wall Street bank, puts his interests and those of his banker friends ahead of Californians.
  • Harmer is a former banking executive with Providian Financial, Washington Mutual, and the taxpayer-bailed out JPMorgan Chase. Just three months after JPMorgan received a $25 billion bailout, Harmer received nearly $160,000 in severance pay and bonuses. He then collected $2,395 in unemployment compensation from the state of California. [Contra Costa Times, 5/28/10; Stockton Record, 5/26/10]
  • Harmer has a history of working for unscrupulous companies. Between 1997 and 2001, Harmer worked for Riddle and Associates, a debt collection law firm that received an “F” rating from the Utah Better Business Bureau. The company is current banned from operating in the state of Connecticut. [Contra Costa Times, 10/25/09; Utah Better Business Bureau; Connecticut Department of Banking]
  • Harmer is a right wing ideologue who has advocated for the elimination of the Department of Education, privatizing Social Security, and making cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. [Salt Lake Tribune, 2/22/96; Desert News, 4/10/96]
  • Harmer won’t protect California jobs. In 2006, Harmer was an executive at Washington Mutual when the company moved up to a 1,000 California jobs to Costa Rica. The move was part of a realignment effort that involved moving several thousand jobs to foreign countries. The company hoped to move 6,000 jobs to foreign countries by 2008. [Los Angeles Times, 1/19/2006; Harmer’s LinkedIn Profile]

Latest Press Releases

David Harmer

David Harmer
Republican Nominee for U.S. House of Representatives, 11th Congressional District
San Francisco Bay Area

  • Republican Candidate at U.S. House of Representatives, 11th Congressional District
  • Attorney at David J. Harmer, Attorney at Law
  • First Vice President & Assistant General Counsel at JPMorgan Chase
  • First Vice President & Assistant General Counsel at Washington Mutual Bank
  • Brigham Young University—J. Reuben Clark Law School
  • Brigham Young University
500+ connections
Legislative Office

David Harmer’s Summary

Summary of Experience:

• Broad experience spanning government, public-interest, large-firm, and in-house legal work – including service at the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and O'Melveny & Myers LLP.
• Twelve years of focused experience in banking and consumer financial services.

Recent Responsibilities:

• Cultivate a comprehensive understanding of bank regulation, consumer-protection legislation, credit card lending, and the broader consumer financial services industry, in order to provide accurate and actionable legal advice in a dynamic competitive and regulatory environment.
• Provide guidance for functions spanning the entire credit relationship – from the beginning (credit policy, modeling, underwriting), through the middle (customer service, payment processing, disputes), to the end (collections, fraud, asset sales).

David Harmer’s Specialties:

• Ensure compliance with regulatory guidance concerning bank safety and soundness.
• Ensure compliance with consumer protection laws and regulations.

David Harmer’s Experience

  • Republican Candidate

    U.S. House of Representatives, 11th Congressional District

    (Political Organization industry)
    January 2010Present (9 months)

  • Attorney

    David J. Harmer, Attorney at Law

    (Law Practice industry)
    February 2009May 2010 (1 year 4 months)

  • First Vice President & Assistant General Counsel

    JPMorgan Chase

    (Public Company; JPM; Banking industry)
    September 2008January 2009 (5 months)

  • First Vice President & Assistant General Counsel

    Washington Mutual Bank

    (Public Company; WM; Banking industry)
    October 2005September 2008 (3 years )
    Positions Held:
    • First Vice President & Assistant General Counsel: Feb 2007 – Sep 2008
    • First Vice President & Senior Counsel: Jan – Feb 2007
    • First Vice President & Legal Counsel: Oct 2005 – Dec 2006

    Functional Contributions:
    • Collaborate in simplifying and strengthening internal processes and controls to increase efficiency and reduce risk.
    • Advise on customer communications, business initiatives, and external transactions through formal Legal & Compliance Review process.
    • Support corporate vendor management group in negotiating and drafting contracts.
    • Manage consumer and commercial litigation and arbitration.
    • Engender trust; foster culture of compliance.

  • Senior Vice President & Associate General Counsel

    Providian Financial

    (Public Company; PVN; Financial Services industry)
    September 2001September 2005 (4 years 1 month)
    Positions held:
    • Senior Vice President & Associate General Counsel: Jul 2004 – Sep 2005
    • Vice President & Deputy General Counsel: Jul 2003 – Jul 2004
    • Legal Counsel: Sep 2001 – Jul 2003

  • Attorney

    Riddle & Associates

    (Law Practice industry)
    19972001 (4 years )

  • Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives

    Friends of Dave Harmer

    (Non-Profit; 1-10 employees; Political Organization industry)
    January 1996June 1996 (6 months)
    After a spirited campaign, narrowly lost the nomination to represent Utah’s 2nd congressional district.

  • Bradley Resident Fellow

    The Heritage Foundation

    (Non-Profit; 201-500 employees; Think Tanks industry)
    September 1995January 1996 (5 months)
    Researched and advocated market-oriented approaches to education and training.

  • Chief of Staff

    U.S. House of Representatives

    (Government Agency; Legislative Office industry)
    January 1995May 1995 (5 months)
    Organized transition and headed staff for freshman member of the 104th Congress.

  • Campaign Manager

    Enid '94

    (Non-Profit; 1-10 employees; Political Organization industry)
    February 1994November 1994 (10 months)
    Managed a successful challenge to an incumbent member of Congress.

  • President

    Excellence through Choice in Education League (ExCEL)

    (Non-Profit; 1-10 employees; Political Organization industry)
    January 1992November 1993 (1 year 11 months)
    • Coordinated drafting of Prop. 174, the Parental Choice in Education Initiative.
    • Coordinated signature-gathering effort to qualify the initiative for the ballot.
    • Promoted passage in interviews, speeches, and debates throughout California.

  • Associate

    O'Melveny & Myers LLP

    (Partnership; 1001-5000 employees; Law Practice industry)
    October 1990December 1991 (1 year 3 months)
    Participated in complex litigation involving intellectual property, real estate development, and financial services.

  • Fellow, College of Public Interest Law

    Pacific Legal Foundation

    (Non-Profit; 11-50 employees; Law Practice industry)
    October 1989October 1990 (1 year 1 month)
    • Advocated First and Fifth Amendment rights through appellate litigation.
    • Submitted amicus curiae briefs to the California and U.S. Supreme Courts.

  • Counsel

    United States Senate

    (Government Agency; 10,001 or more employees; Legislative Office industry)
    September 1988September 1989 (1 year 1 month)
    • Minority Counsel to Subcommittee on Patents, Copyrights & Trademarks, Committee on the Judiciary.
    • Advised U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch on legislation and nominations before the Committee.
    • Specialized in constitutional law, with some work on intellectual property issues.

David Harmer’s Education

  • Brigham Young University—J. Reuben Clark Law School

    Juris Doctor , Law , 19851988
    Cum laude
    Activities and Societies:
    Natural Resources Law Forum, Moot Court, Men's Chorus

  • Brigham Young University

    B.A. , English , 19791984
    Magna cum laude
    Activities and Societies:
    Honors Program, Oratorio Choir

Additional Information

David Harmer’s Interests:

• Treasurer, Windemere Ranch Middle School Education Fund. • Coach, recreational division, San Ramon Soccer Club (2004-present). • Organist for local and regional church congregations (2002-present). • Merit badge counselor for six local scout troops. • Member of board of directors and choir, Utah Chamber Artists (1992-1997). • Instructor, Department of English, Brigham Young University (1987). Taught undergraduate grammar and composition course. • Boatman, Holiday River Expeditions, Green River, Utah (1985-1986). Guided whitewater rafting trips throughout Colorado and Utah. • Missionary, Argentina Buenos Aires South Mission, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1981-1983). Attained fluency in Spanish.

David Harmer’s Groups:

• State Bar of California, 1989-present
• Utah State Bar, 1994-present
• Massachusetts State Bar, 2000-present (inactive status)
• American Bar Association, Section of Business Law: Member, Committee on Banking and Committee on Consumer Financial Services
  •    JRCLS Silicon Valley

David Harmer’s Honors:

Sportsmanship award, San Ramon Soccer Club, 2008

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