What do you do if you're a union-hated company on the verge of losing a major controversial contract with the Marines? You hire former Rep. Dick Gephardt to lobby, in a last ditch effort to save hundreds of millions of dollars.
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The contracting giant Sodexo has the rights to provide food services for all Marine mess halls in the United States. Those contracts are set to expire in September, but because of major cost overruns, food safety concerns, and other issues, there's a push under way on the Hill and by the Services Employees International Union not to renew them.
To counter that push, according to SEIU, Sodexo has hired Gephardt, once a close ally of labor, to lobby the House Armed Services Committee on their behalf, to re-secure the contract.
Sodexo was not immediately available to respond to requests for comment. A spokeswoman for Gephardt's firm says "Gephardt Government Affairs is not working on a contract with the Marines on behalf of any client."