Cozen O’Connor: Rutherford, Blake

Blake S. Rutherford

Member

Washington, D.C.

(202) 463-2536

(202) 640-5520

Recent News:

Beto O'Rourke raises record $6.1M in first 24 hours of campaign

Blake Rutherford appeared on Fox Business to discuss the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates' campaign fundraising battle.

Blake Rutherford, a member of Cozen O’Connor's Government and Regulatory Practice, has a substantive understanding of the relationship between business and government, having spent his professional career navigating issues at the intersection of law, policy, politics, and communications.

Blake advises corporate clients on federal legislative and regulatory issues in the political law, healthcare, transportation, technology & privacy, higher education, and finance sectors, and his experience includes navigating policy engagements before the executive and legislative branches of both federal and state-level government. He currently serves as the administrative partner to Cozen O’Connor’s Political Action Committee and moderates Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies’ podcast, The Beltway Briefing, which provides analysis and insight on political and policy developments in Washington, D.C. As a regular guest on Fox News and Fox Business Channel, Blake provides political analysis of major news events of the day. 

As a chief strategist and advisor to elected officials, C-suite executives, and industry influencers, he provides practical and strategic advice that assists clients in achieving their business and professional development goals, whether that is in a political, policy, philanthropic, communications, or thought leadership context.

Before joining Cozen O’Connor, Blake served as chief of staff to the attorneys general of Arkansas and Pennsylvania, where he maintained broad responsibilities in managing the office’s engagement across myriad business and legal sectors. In 2016, he was named special advisor to the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, a position to which he was appointed by then-Attorney General Bruce Beemer. In that capacity, he provided strategic counsel to the Attorney General and the Executive Office on political, policy and communications matters. Previously, Blake served as general counsel to the Democratic Party of Arkansas and was a member of the legal team that advised the Wesley Clark for President campaign.

Prior to becoming chief of staff to the Pennsylvania Attorney General, Blake was vice president of McLarty Companies, a fourth-generation family office led by former Clinton White House chief of staff Thomas F. “Mack” McLarty. There, he provided strategic counsel, executive management, communications strategy, and legal guidance, while working across the transportation, finance, and commercial real estate sectors. Before he was named chief of staff to the Arkansas Attorney General, Blake was director of public communications and general counsel at Stone Ward, one of Arkansas’s largest full-service advertising, public relations, and digital consulting firms. There he directed the agency’s public relations division and advised clients on communications strategy and media relations. 

After attending law school, Blake practiced at Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP where he focused on business, corporate, real estate, public interest, and political law matters. A few of his notable representations included the Grand Opening of the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and the inaugural Clinton Global Initiative. Prior to joining Wright, Lindsey & Jennings, Blake worked on the Clinton-Gore ’96 presidential campaign, the 53rd Presidential Inaugural Committee, and the Gore 2000 presidential campaign.

Blake has served as an adjunct professor of law at the William H. Bowen School of Law at the UA Little Rock as well as an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Media and Communications at Temple University. A former political columnist, radio show host, and political blogger, Blake’s blog, “Blake’s Think Tank,” was the only Arkansas political blog recognized in The Washington Post’s influential Political Blog Network.

Admitted to practice only in Arkansas and Pennsylvania; practicing under the supervision of members of Cozen O'Connor P.C.

News

Beto O'Rourke raises record $6.1M in first 24 hours of campaign

March 18, 2019

Blake Rutherford appeared on Fox Business to discuss the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates' campaign fundraising battle.

Democratic strategist: To win in 2020 Democrats have to win on policy

March 09, 2019

Blake Rutherford joined Fox News to discuss the 2020 presidential election.

Blake Rutherford Appears on Fox News Channel America's News HQ

January 05, 2019

Blake Rutherford, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Public Strategies, appeared on Fox News Channel's America's News Headquarters discussing Senator Elizabeth Warren and her presidential exploratory committee.

Blake Rutherford Appears on FNC’s America’s News Headquarters

December 08, 2018

Blake Rutherford, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Public Strategies, appeared on Fox News Channel's America's News Headquarters discussing the Michael Cohen investigation.

Xcaliber International Receives 15 Additional Orders from the FDA with Cozen O'Connor’s Guidance

September 11, 2018

Cozen O'Connor guided Xcaliber International, Ltd., L.L.C. (Xcaliber) as the organization received 15 additional orders from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Blake Rutherford Joined Fox News Channel's Your World with Neil Cavuto

January 09, 2018

Blake Rutherford, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Public Strategies, appeared on Fox News Channel's Your World with Neil Cavuto to discuss New York threatening a lawsuit over the GOP tax cuts.

Blake Rutherford Joined Fox Business's "Making Money with Charles Payne"

October 17, 2017

Blake Rutherford, a member of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discusses the GOP’s tax reform plan and the unlikelihood of Democratic support on Fox Business’s “Making Money with Charles Payne."

Blake Rutherford Joined HLN's Carol Costello

October 17, 2017

Blake Rutherford, a member of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discusses the withdrawal of Representative Tom Marino’s nomination to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

GOP Health Care Plan Heads to the Senate After Narrow Passing Vote in House

May 06, 2017

Blake Rutherford, a member of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discusses the GOP health care plan heading to the senate on Fox News.

Former President Obama's Upcoming Wall Street Speech

April 28, 2017

Blake Rutherford, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Public Strategies, discusses former President Obama's upcoming Wall Street speech on Fox Business.

Reactions to Trump Administration Discussion on Fox News

April 03, 2017

Blake Rutherford, a member of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discusses Tina Fey and Susan Rice on Fox News After the Bell.

Cozen O’Connor Promotes 17 Attorneys to Membership

April 03, 2017

The management committee is pleased to welcome a particularly qualified group to membership, composed of outstanding attorneys who have demonstrated remarkable professionalism, leadership, dedication, and loyalty to the firm and the legal community at large.

After the Bell: Obama, Trump and the ACA

March 03, 2017

Blake Rutherford, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Public Strategies, discusses Obama, Trump and the ACA on After The Bell.

President Trump's Administration after the First Month [Fox Business]

February 17, 2017

Blake Rutherford, of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, appeared on Fox Business to discuss President Trump's administration in the first month of his presidency.

Trump Immigration Ban Causing Headaches for Airlines [Law360]

February 01, 2017

Blake Rutherford, of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, was quoted in an article for Law360 regarding President Trump's executive order to ban entry to citizens of seven countries to the United States.

Democrats Boycotting Inauguration and the Media Attacks Trump [Fox Business]

January 17, 2017

Blake Rutherford, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Public Strategies, appeared on Fox Business News on “After the Bell” to discuss Democrats boycotting the inauguration as well as the media attacks on President-Elect Trump.

Controversy Between Mexico's President and President Elect Trump [FOX NEWS]

January 07, 2017

Blake Rutherford, of Cozen O’Connor’s Public Strategies, appeared on Fox News on “America’s News Headquarters” to discuss the controversy between Mexico’s President and President-Elect Trump.

Trump Proposes Huge Changes to Transportation Infrastructure

December 29, 2016

Blake Rutherford, of Cozen O’Connor’s Public Strategies, was quoted in a Bond Buyer article titled “OUTLOOK: Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Challenges Transportation Status Quo.”

Conway as Counselor and an Obama Legacy [Fox Business News]

December 22, 2016

Blake Rutherford, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Public Strategies, appeared on Fox Business News to discuss Kellyanne Conway‘s newly appointed position as White House counselor to the president.

Trump Makes Attempt to Reset After Continued Media Pushback [Fox Business News]

November 22, 2016

Blake Rutherford appeared on Fox Business News’ “Making Money with Charles Payne” to discuss Donald Trump’s recent meetings with high profile media figures.

Millennials Protesting Trump Receive Criticism for Lenient Treatment [Fox Business News]

November 17, 2016

Blake Rutherford appeared on Fox Business News’ “After the Bell” to discuss the recent protests against President-elect Trump.

FBI Concludes No New Charges to Be Filed from Latest Clinton E-mail Probe [Fox Business News]

November 06, 2016

While appearing on Fox Business News’ “Making Money with Charles Payne,” Blake Rutherford commented on the findings of the FBI throughout their second investigation.

Stocks Drop Due to Prospect of Trump Victory [MSNBC Live]

November 05, 2016

Blake Rutherford appeared on MSNBC Live with Ali Velshi to comment on the steady market decline in the days leading up to the election.

Candidates’ Campaigns Believe Odds Are in Their Favor as Election Approaches [Fox Business News]

November 04, 2016

Blake Rutherford appeared on Fox Business News’ “After the Bell” to speak about the standings of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the days leading up to the election.

Trump Supporters’ Enthusiasm Exceeds that of Hillary Clinton [Fox Business News]

November 01, 2016

Appearing on Fox Business News’ “Making Money with Charles Payne,” Blake Rutherford discussed the enthusiasm gap between the candidates.

Blake Rutherford Named to Winners List in Philadelphia Magazine's Election Scorecard

November 01, 2016

Blake Rutherford was named to the winners list in a feature by Philadelphia Magazine about which Phialdelphians would be considered "winners" depending on the outcome of the presidential election.

FBI Reopens Clinton Email Probe with Only Days until Election [Fox Business News]

October 28, 2016

Blake Rutherford appeared on two segments of “Making Money with Charles Payne” on Fox Business News about the Clinton emails.

Trump Comments on Clinton’s Changing Position on Open Borders and the Clinton Foundation [Fox Business News]

October 20, 2016

Blake Rutherford appeared on Fox Business News’ “After the Bell” to speak about Donald Trump’s recent criticism of the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Tape Purportedly Shows Former Democratic Operative Promoting Voter Fraud [Fox Business News]

October 18, 2016

While appearing on Fox Business News’ “Making Money with Charles Payne,” Blake Rutherford contributed to a discussion about a former democratic operative subcontracted by the Democratic National Committee who allegedly spoke about justification for potential voter fraud

Controversy Over Media Portrayal of Clinton WikiLeaks Documents [Fox Business News]

October 12, 2016

Blake Rutherford appeared on Fox Business News’ “Making Money with Charles Payne” to speak about the media coverage surrounding Hillary Clinton’s leaked emails.

Assessing the Clinton Foundation’s Role in Haiti Disaster Relief [Fox Business News]

October 06, 2016

Blake Rutherford commented on the effectiveness of the Clinton Foundation on Fox Business News’ “Making Money with Charles Payne.”

The Clintons on Obamacare and Anticipating the VP Candidates Strategies Prior to Debate [Fox Business News]

October 04, 2016

Blake Rutherford appeared on “Making Money with Charles Payne” on Fox Business News to discuss Obamacare and the VP candidate debate.

Trump Defends Tax Returns While Disparaging Hillary’s Ability to Create Jobs [Fox Business News]

October 03, 2016

While appearing on Fox Business News’ “After the Bell,” Blake Rutherford, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Public Strategies, commended Hillary Clinton’s experience with government affairs.

Clinton Email Issues Should Be Settled by FBI and DOJ Determinations [Fox Business News]

September 28, 2016

Blake Rutherford joined Fox Business News to discuss the recent hearings with FBI Director Comey on the Clinton e-mails investigation.

Blake Rutherford Appointed Special Adviser to the Office of Attorney General in Pennsylvania

September 21, 2016

Pennsylvania Attorney General Bruce R. Beemer appointed Blake to serve on a volunteer basis to provide counsel to the attorney general and office staff.

Candidates Hone Strategy in Anticipation of Awaited First Debate [Fox Business News]

September 20, 2016

Blake Rutherford discusses debate strategy on Fox Business News' "After the Bell."

Blake Rutherford Quoted in the Boston Globe on Clinton Surrogate Activity in Pennsylvania

September 13, 2016

Blake Rutherford was quoted in the Boston Globe in an article about Clinton campaign activity in his home state of Pennsylvania.

Clinton Health Concerns and Obama on the Campaign Trail [Fox Business News]

September 13, 2016

Blake Rutherford joined Fox Business News to offer his input on the portrayal of Hillary Clinton's health issues and Obama's influence as a surrogate on the trail.

Both Candidates Address Supposed Campaign Inadequacies [Fox Business News]

September 08, 2016

Blake Rutherford appeared on Fox Business News to discuss Hillary Clinton's tarmac press conference and Trump's ability to offer substantive policy offerings.

Repairing Temperament Perception is Key for Trump on National Security [Fox Business News]

September 07, 2016

Blake Rutherford joined Fox Business News to discuss his thoughts on how Donald Trump needs to present himself at the Commander-in-Chief Forum.

Trump's Immigration Plan Offers Mixed Rhetoric [Fox Business News]

September 01, 2016

Blake Rutherford discusses Donald Trump's shifting views on immigration policy and his rhetoric on the key topic.

Trump Continues to Struggle in Battleground States with Lacking Ground Game [Fox Business News]

August 29, 2016

Blake Rutherford joined Fox Business News to discuss Trump's ability to bridge the gap with voters through various campaign strategies.

Trump's Association with the "Alt-Right" and Shifting Immigration Stance [Fox Business News]

August 25, 2016

Blake Rutherford discusses Hillary Clinton tying Donald Trump to the "alt-right" movement and Trump's dramatic shift on immigration with Fox Business News.

Trump and Clinton Continue to Offer Very Differing Approaches to Campaigning [Fox Business News]

August 22, 2016

Blake Rutherford joined Fox Business News to discuss recent developments related to Trump's social media antics and Hillary Clinton's campaign approach.

Blake Rutherford Quoted in the Wall Street Journal about Clinton's Prospects in Pennsylvania

August 16, 2016

Blake Rutherford discusses voting trends and constituents in Pennsylvania with the Wall Street Journal.

Convention Goal: Make People Like Clinton, Like It Or Not

July 23, 2016

Blake Rutherford, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Public Strategies group, discusses the Democratic National Convention on McClatchy DC.

The Economy According to Trump and Hillary Clinton's Vision

July 22, 2016

Blake Rutherford discusses Trump's economic agenda and Clinton's plan to acknowledge Obama but differentiate herself as a new leader with CNBC's Closing Bell.

Cozen O'Connor Plays Active Role in DNC Events in Philadelphia

July 22, 2016

Cozen O'Connor's events and participation in the Democratic National Convention is highlighted by Law360

Cozen O'Connor Lawyer Elected as Delegate for the DNC

June 01, 2016

Blake Rutherford's election as a delegate for Pennsylvania’s 1st Congressional District during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia is featured in various media.

Cozen O’Connor Launches New State Attorneys General Practice with Addition of Nationally Acclaimed State AG Practice

May 05, 2015

On the heels of its recent announcement of the addition of 60 lawyers in Chicago, Cozen O’Connor is proud to announce the addition of ten attorneys and government professionals and the formation of the firm’s State Attorneys General Practice.

Publications

The Beltway Briefing – Latest Trump Administration & Congress News, 2020 Primaries & Predictions

February 21, 2019

On our second Beltway Briefing of the new year, Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford, and Kaitlyn Martin discussed the latest news from the Trump Administration and the 116th Congress, broke down the most recent developments in the 2020 primaries (which seem to be in full force!), and predicted what we could expect in the months ahead.

The Beltway Briefing – New Year, New Congress, Same Government Shutdown

January 09, 2019

On our first Beltway Briefing of the new year, Howard Schweitzer, Blake Rutherford, and Kaitlyn Martin discuss where Washington stands on Day 19 of this partial government shutdown (with seemingly no end in sight), what bipartisan legislation might look like from the new 116th Congress, and how the Democratic presidential politics of 2020 are beginning to shape up.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections - Post Election: Where Are We Now

November 08, 2018

On our final episode of The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections, Mark Alderman, Howard Schweitzer, and Blake Rutherford analyze Tuesday’s election results with a view toward how the outcomes will impact policymaking in Washington heading into 2019. The team also discusses the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and look forward to what the 2020 presidential election may bring.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Live Election Day Edition

November 06, 2018

On today’s special, live election day edition of our Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections podcast, Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, and Blake Rutherford give their final predictions and analysis before polls close.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Less Than a Week to Go

October 31, 2018

On this week’s (Halloween!) edition of the Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections podcast, Mark Alderman, Howard Schweitzer, and Blake Rutherford discuss the state of the midterms with less than 7 days until the ballots are counted.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections - Special General Election Edition

October 30, 2018

On this podcast, Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies Managing Partner Howard Schweitzer and Former Virginia Attorney General and member of the Cozen O’Connor State AG group Jerry Kilgore join Blake Rutherford to discuss the highlights of key incumbent and open seat races in the 31 State AG elections in 2018.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – 12 Days Until Ballots are Cast

October 25, 2018

On this week’s edition of the Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections podcast, Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford, Kaitlyn Martin, Greg Jarmas, and Hope Sheils discuss the state of the midterms with less than two weeks to go.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – 19 Days Left

October 17, 2018

On this week’s edition of the Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections podcast, Howard Schweitzer, Blake Rutherford, Kaitlyn Martin, and Hope Sheils discuss the state of the midterms with only 19 days left to go.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Kavanaugh is In, What’s Next?

October 11, 2018

On this week’s edition of the Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterms podcast, Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, and Blake Rutherford discuss fresh polling numbers and campaign messaging in the wake of the Kavanaugh nomination.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Rosenstein Revelations, This Week’s Brett Kavanaugh Hearings, and Midterm Analysis

September 24, 2018

On this week’s call, Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford, and Kaitlyn Martin discuss the breaking news surrounding Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in light of revelations he’s discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office, the ongoing news surrounding Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination, and the lens through which voters may view this ongoing “chaos in Washington” heading into November.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – SCOTUS, Tariffs, and November Impacts

September 18, 2018

On today’s call, GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer, Democratic strategist and former member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team Mark Alderman, and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford discussed the uncertain path forward with Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination and the Trump Administrations’ new round of tariffs on China – and the ways these issues could influence the midterm elections. Howard, Mark and Blake also examined the latest polling and fundraising data in key Senate, House, and Governor’s races.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Is a Blue Wave Coming?

September 13, 2018

It’s 53 days until the midterms, and with seemingly every day bringing new breaking news about the president, GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer, Democratic Strategist and former member of the Obama-Biden presidential transition team Mark Alderman, and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford had a lot to discuss.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – The Midterm Impacts of Trump’s Trade, Immigration & Health Care Policies

July 24, 2018

On today’s call, GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford analyzed the impacts President Trump’s trade, immigration and health care policies are likely to have on local races this November.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections: Fallout from Helsinki, Nomination of Kavanaugh & November Impact

July 18, 2018

On today’s call, GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer, Democratic strategist and former member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team Mark Alderman, and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford discussed the fallout from President Trump’s meeting this week with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, reaction to Trump’s nomination of D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court, and the ways these issues and more could move voters in November.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Outlook Nearly Four Months Out

June 26, 2018

The midterms may still be four months away, but there’s no doubt that the news over the past two weeks is going to have an impact on how independent voters cast their ballots.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – A Focus on the Senate Map

June 14, 2018

On today’s call, GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer, Democratic strategist and former member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team Mark Alderman, and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford break down the top U.S. Senate races to watch and began making their predictions for November.

The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections – Super Tuesday

June 05, 2018

The Super Tuesday of 2018 has arrived and today, voters in eight states go to the polls to cast votes in highly watched primary elections.

The Beltway Briefing – Welcome, Senator Evan Bayh

May 17, 2018

On today’s call, we welcomed a special guest – former two-term U.S. Senator and Governor of Indiana Evan Bayh, who recently joined Cozen O’Connor and Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies. Joining Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, and Blake Rutherford, Senator Bayh shared insights from his time serving on the Senate Intelligence Committee and underscored his support for the confirmation of Gina Haspel as the next Director of the CIA. The conversation touched on the Trump administration’s impact on international affairs, as well as the economy.

As Stodola Steps Aside, It's Time to Rethink Schools, Governance

May 17, 2018

Blake Rutherford, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Government & Regulatory practice group, wrote in Arkansas Business about Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola not seeking a fourth term.

The Beltway Briefing Policy Spotlight Call – Spotlight on the Pennsylvania Primary Elections

May 16, 2018

Former member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team Mark Alderman and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford walk through the results of last night’s Pennsylvania primaries and analyze the impact they may have on the 2018 midterm elections.

The Beltway Briefing Policy Spotlight Call – The Politics & Policy of Cannabis

April 25, 2018

On today’s call, Mark Alderman, Howard Schweitzer, Jim Davis, Allison Wils, and Blake Rutherford of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies walked through the current marijuana policy landscape, examining the Trump Administration’s impact on the industry, the complexity of conflicting state and federal laws, and the myriad ways the issue has evolved.

The Beltway Briefing - Charting the Changing Personnel Dynamics within the Trump White House

April 05, 2018

On today’s call, GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer, Democratic strategist and former member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team Mark Alderman, and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford walk through the ever-changing personnel dynamics within the Trump White House, including who’s left from the president’s original cabinet and West Wing staff, who’s new, and why it matters for future policy decisions.

Beltway Briefing: February 26

February 26, 2018

On today’s call, GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer, Democratic strategist and former member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team Mark Alderman, and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford discuss the politics of the day including the potential for Congress to pass meaningful gun control and immigration reform measures, redistricting in Pennsylvania, and the White House’s recently-released infrastructure proposal – all against the backdrop of the 2018 Midterm elections.

The Beltway Briefing – The State of the State of the Union

February 07, 2018

On today’s call, GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer, Democratic strategist and former member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team Mark Alderman, and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford share reactions from last week’s State of the Union Address, explore the likelihood of a government shutdown and analyze the outlook for the 2018 Midterm elections.

The Beltway Briefing – Welcome to 2018

January 11, 2018

On our first call of the new year, GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer, Democratic strategist and former member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team Mark Alderman, and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford dive into the impact of passage of last year’s sweeping tax reform bill, the prospects for reaching a bipartisan deal on DACA, the impending threat of a government shutdown, and what this all means for the 2018 Midterm elections.

The Beltway Briefing – Analyzing Congress’s Year-End Agenda

December 06, 2017

GOP Strategist and former COO of TARP Howard Schweitzer, Democratic strategist and former member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team Mark Alderman, and former chief of staff to two attorneys general Blake Rutherford break down Congress’ busy year-end agenda as we head into the final month of the year.

The Beltway Briefing – Breaking Down the Results of Tuesday Night’s Elections

November 09, 2017

Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, and Blake Rutherford debrief on the results of Tuesday's gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey and analyze what it means for Washington.

The Beltway Briefing – How Will the News of Today Shape 2018 Midterms & the VA Gubernatorial Race?

October 30, 2017

Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, and Blake Rutherford discuss the upcoming race for Governor in Virginia.

The Beltway Briefing – What’s New in the Trump Administration and on Capitol Hill?

October 11, 2017

Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, and Blake Rutherford discuss recent developments in the Trump administration and on Capitol Hill, including prospects for tax reform in our current legislative landscape.

Beltway Briefing: Special Tax Policy Briefing

March 30, 2017

Blake Rutherford and Howard Schweitzer, of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discuss the recent developments in politics and policy in Washington, D.C.

Beltway Briefing: March 21

March 27, 2017

Blake Rutherford, Mark Alderman, and Howard Schweitzer, of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discuss the recent developments in politics and policy in D.C.

Beltway Briefing: Agenda for Remaining First 100 Days

March 21, 2017

Blake Rutherford, Mark Alderman, and Howard Schweitzer, of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discuss the recent developments in politics and policy in D.C.

Emergence of the Presidential President Trump

March 01, 2017

Blake Rutherford, Mark Alderman, and Howard Schweitzer, of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discuss President Trump's first address to a joint session of Congress.

Beltway Briefing: Efforts to Right the Ship

February 27, 2017

Blake Rutherford, Mark Alderman, and Howard Schweitzer, of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discuss the recent developments in politics and policy in D.C.

Beltway Briefing: Administration Growing Pains

February 15, 2017

Blake Rutherford, Mark Alderman, and Howard Schweitzer, of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discuss the recent developments in politics and policy in DC.

Five Washington Realities for President Trump’s Consideration

February 08, 2017

Last week, we published an op-ed, “Here are Five things President Trump can't change,” in The Hill discussing long-established and irrevocable rules of how D.C. works that Trump and his team need to factor into their thought process to advance the administration’s agenda.

Beltway Briefing: White House Dynamics

February 07, 2017

Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford, and Howard Schweitzer, of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discuss the major events that have happened in politics.

Beltway Briefing: The Trump Administration Takes Off

January 31, 2017

Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford and Howard Schweitzer of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies discuss the first two weeks of new political order in DC and the policy priorities at the top of the agenda.

The Beltway Briefing: Inauguration Debrief

January 24, 2017

Blake Rutherford, Howard Schweitzer, and Kevin Washo, of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discuss the Inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President.

The Beltway Briefing: Inauguration Preview

January 19, 2017

Blake Rutherford, Mark Alderman, and Howard Schweitzer, of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, give a preview of Donald Trump's Inauguration.

The Beltway Briefing: Trump Transition to Administration

January 10, 2017

Blake Rutherford, Mark Alderman, and Howard Schweitzer give an update on the transition to the administration of Donald Trump and how this effects business and the political climate.

Road to the Oval Office Podcast: Trump Transition Update

December 12, 2016

Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford, Howard Schweitzer, Jim Schultz analyzed the candidates' performance and impact on the remaining 29 critical days of the race.

Road to the Oval Office Podcast: Second Presidential Debate Analysis

October 10, 2016

Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford, Howard Schweitzer, Jim Schultz analyzed the candidates' performance and impact on the remaining 29 critical days of the race.

Road to the Oval Office Podcast: VP Debate and One-Month Countdown

October 05, 2016

Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford and Howard Schweitzer discussed the VP debate and state of the race with a little more than one month left in this election season.

Road to the Oval Office Podcast: First Debate Analysis

September 27, 2016

Following the first debate, Mark Alderman, Howard Schweitzer and Blake Rutherford analyzed the candidates' performance and discussed next steps on the campaign trail.

Road to the Oval Office Podcast: The Race Tightens

September 22, 2016

Mark Alderman, Howard Schweitzer and Blake Rutherford discussed the current status of both campaigns and previewed the first presidential debate.

Road to the Oval Office Podcast: Two-Month Countdown to Election Day

September 09, 2016

With the 2016 presidential election only two months away, Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford and Howard Schweitzer discussed the effects of the summer's developments on both campaigns.

Trump and Clinton Continue to Offer Very Differing Approaches to Campaigning [Hot Button Blog]

August 23, 2016

Blake Rutherford joined "Making Money with Charles Payne" on Fox Business News to discuss the presidential campaign and recent developments related to Trump's social media antics and Hillary Clinton's campaign approach. Blake commented on the problems that Trump's Twitter use has caused, saying that...

Road to the Oval Office: Live at the DNC – Day Four/July 28

July 28, 2016

Live from Philadelphia, Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford and Howard Schweitzer recap President Obama's speech and discuss Hillary Clinton's speech on the last evening of the DNC (July 28).

Road to the Oval Office: Live at the DNC – Day Three/July 27

July 27, 2016

Live from Philadelphia, Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford and Howard Schweitzer discuss Bernie Sanders' official endorsement and President Clinton's speech from the previous evening. They also preview day three of the DNC (July 27).

Road to the Oval Office: Live at the DNC – Day Two/July 26

July 26, 2016

Live from Philadelphia, Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford and Howard Schweitzer recap Michelle Obama's speech and provide an update on developments they foresee unfolding on day two of the Democratic National Convention (July 26).

Road to the Oval Office: Live at the DNC – Day One/July 25

July 25, 2016

Live from Philadelphia, Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford and Howard Schweitzer recap the RNC and provide an update on developments they foresee unfolding on day one of the Democratic National Convention (July 25).

Road to the Oval Office: Live at the RNC – July 19

July 19, 2016

Live from Cleveland, Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford and Jim Schultz provide an update on developments unfolding at the Republican National Convention.

Road to the Oval Office: Conventions Preview – July 13

July 13, 2016

Mark, Howard, and Blake preview the RNC and DNC and discuss how they see the conventions unfolding.

2016 Presidential Prognostications & Insights: The California Primary

June 08, 2016

Mark, Howard, and Blake discuss the results of the California primary.

2016 Presidential Prognostications & Insights: The Democratic Race Winds Down

May 24, 2016

Mark, Howard and Blake discuss the state of the Democratic race. Also, Bernie Nash and Lori Kalani, co-chairs of Cozen O'Connor's State AG practice, discuss the State AG races.

2016 Presidential Prognostications & Insights: The Presumptive Nominees

May 10, 2016

Mark, Howard and Blake discuss the presumptive nomination of Donald Trump, the Veepstakes, and the impact of a prolonged primary on the Democrats.

2016 Presidential Prognostications & Insights: PA Primary Recap

April 27, 2016

Mark Alderman, Howard Schweitzer and Blake Rutherford discuss the Pennsylvania presidential primary results and other key state races for Senate, Attorney General and more.

What does it mean for Donald Trump if he wins Iowa? [Hot Button Blog]

January 31, 2016

Winning Iowa would mean a great deal for Donald Trump. As we have seen since the advent of the modern presidential primary system winning Iowa or New Hampshire matters. In fact, since then, every single nominee but one in both parties won either Iowa or New Hampshire. For Trump, it would mean that...

The State AG Report Weekly Update November 5, 2015 [The State AG Report Blog]

November 05, 2015

Breaking News Kentucky and Mississippi Election Results In Kentucky’s election for Attorney General, Democrat Andy Beshear defeated Republican Whitney Westerfield by approximately 2,000 votes - a margin of 50.1% to 49.9%.  In the election for Governor, incumbent Democratic Attorney General Jack...

The State AG Report Weekly Update September 24, 2015 [The State AG Report Blog]

September 24, 2015

Consumer Protection California Attorney General Settles with Cable Company for Alleged Privacy Violations California AG Kamala Harris and the California Public Utilities Commission reached a settlement with Comcast Cable Communications Management, LLC (“Comcast”) over allegations the company...

The State AG Report Weekly Update September 3, 2015 [The State AG Report Blog]

September 03, 2015

Charities New York Attorney General Settles with Charity Trustees for Allegedly Misusing Funds New York AG Eric Schneiderman reached a settlement with the former trustees of Homeland Foundation, Inc., a general charitable organization that maintains and operates a museum and gardens for the...

The State AG Report Weekly Update July 16, 2015 [The State AG Report Blog]

July 16, 2015

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB and DOJ Settle with Auto Lender Over Allegations of Discriminatory Lending The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Department of Justice (DOJ) reached a settlement with American Honda Finance Corp., the financing unit for American Honda Motor...

The State AG Report Weekly Update June 11, 2015 [The State AG Report Blog]

June 11, 2015

Breaking News Connecticut and New York Attorneys General Investigate Apple for Potential Antitrust Violations Connecticut AG George Jepsen and New York AG Eric Schneiderman are investigating whether Apple, Inc., violated antitrust laws in its negotiations with music companies for its new music...

Policy Progress Amidst Chaos

January 01, 1900

Blake Rutherford, Kevin Washo, and Howard Schweitzer, of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discuss the events that have unfolded since the president's speech to the joint session of Congress.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Beltway Briefing: February 21

February 21, 2019 - Conference Call/Podcast

The Beltway Briefing: New Year, New Congress

January 09, 2019 - Conference Call/Podcast

Health Law 2019

December 05, 2018 - Philadelphia, PA

Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections Call

July 18, 2018 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing Our Next Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections

June 26, 2018 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections

June 14, 2018 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: May 17

May 17, 2018 - Conference Call/Podcast

Policy Spotlight Call: The Politics and Policy of Cannabis

April 25, 2018 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: April 5

April 05, 2018 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: March 14 2018

March 14, 2018 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: February 26

February 26, 2018 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: January 11

January 11, 2018 - Conference Call/Podcast

2017 Health Law Year In Review

December 06, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA

Beltway Briefing: December 5

December 05, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: 2017 Gubernatorial Elections in VA and NJ

November 09, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: October 26

October 26, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: October 11

October 11, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: June 13

June 13, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Lower Middle Market Investment Summit

May 09, 2017 - Dallas, TX

Beltway Briefing: First 100 Days Evaluation

May 02, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: Three Months with President Trump

April 20, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: March 28

March 28, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: March 21

March 21, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: March 14

March 14, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: March 7

March 07, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: March 1

March 01, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: February 23

February 23, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: February 15

February 15, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: February 7

February 07, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: The Trump Administration Takes Off

January 31, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: Welcome President Trump

January 24, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Beltway Briefing: Inauguration Preview

January 19, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

The View from Washington

January 10, 2017 - Irving, TX

The Beltway Briefing: Trump Transition to Administration

January 10, 2017 - Conference Call/Podcast

Trump Transition Update Call - Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies

December 12, 2016 - Conference Call/Podcast

Road to the Oval Office Comes to an End: Election Results

November 10, 2016 - Conference Call/Podcast

Road to the Oval Office: Live 2016 Election Outlook

November 03, 2016 - Philadelphia, PA

Road to the Oval Office Podcast: Third Presidential Debate Analysis

October 20, 2016 - Conference Call/Podcast

Road to the Oval Office: VP Debate Analysis and One-Month Countdown

October 05, 2016 - Conference Call/Podcast

Road to the Oval Office Podcast: First Debate Analysis

September 27, 2016 - Conference Call/Podcast

Road to the Oval Office Podcast: The Race Tightens

September 22, 2016 - Conference Call/Podcast

Road to the Oval Office Podcast: Two-Month Countdown to Election Day

September 09, 2016 - Conference Call/Podcast

2016 Election Prognostications and Insights: June 8

June 08, 2016 - Conference Call

2016 Election Prognostications and Insights: April 6

April 06, 2016 - Conference Call

8th Annual HFMA Spring Institute

March 31, 2016 - Philadelphia, PA

2016 Presidential Election Prognostications and Insights

February 11, 2016 - Conference Call

Election Prognostications & Insights

February 03, 2016 - Toll-Free Conference Call

Education

  • University of Arkansas School of Law, J.D., 2003
  • Middlebury College, B.S., 2000
  • Pennsylvania
  • Arkansas