Former Democratic and Independent Congressional Icons Join ACCF Board of Advisors

Washington, DC – The American Council for Capital Formation (ACCF) announced three new members of its Board of Advisors today. For more than four decades, the ACCF Board of Advisors has included leading Washington policymakers, several former cabinet officials, members of Congress, ambassadors, industry leaders and more.

Max Baucus – Baucus is a former U.S. Senator from Montana and former U.S. Ambassador to China under President Obama. He served as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance and Chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation. Senator Baucus is currently Co-Chairman of Farmers for Free Trade, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and expanding export opportunities for American farms and ranches.

“I’m honored to join the ACCF Board of Advisors, particularly during this much needed time for bipartisanship,” Baucus said. “The ACCF is long known for its role as a liaison between the business community and both sides of the political aisle to engage in civil dialogue and find pro-growth solutions to our policy challenges. I look forward to working with them, particularly on today’s high priority issues involving free trade.”

Joseph I. Lieberman – Lieberman is a former U.S. Senator from Connecticut and the Democratic Vice-Presidential nominee in 2000. Senator Lieberman is currently senior counsel for Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP. He also serves as honorary Co-Chair for the No Labels caucus, a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding policy solutions by “pushing back on the extremes and pushing forward ideas that make the American people’s lives better.”

“The ACCF represents the business community and has earned respect from both sides of the political aisle,” Lieberman said. “Their renowned bipartisan Economic Policy Evenings are unique events that three decades ago I called ‘Washington’s Last Salon’ for its intimate, off-the-record approach to policy discussions. Today it is truly ‘Washington’s Last Salon’ and is needed more than ever before in these polarized political times.”

Jim Matheson – A seven-term Congressman from Utah, Matheson is the former Chief Deputy Whip for the House Democratic Caucus and was a Co-Chairman of the Blue Dog Coalition. Matheson serves as chief executive officer of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), the national service organization that represents more than 900 not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives. Electric cooperatives serve 42 million members in 47 states.

“I’ve always been impressed with the ACCF and its ability to reach both sides of the aisle,” Matheson said. “Bipartisanship is critically important in this turbulent political climate. I appreciated working closely with them on economic policy as a member of Congress and I look forward to continuing that relationship as a member of their board of advisors.”

“We are honored by these valuable additions to the advisory board of the ACCF, which has been built on a foundation of bipartisanship,” ACCF President and CEO Mark Bloomfield said. “As Montana’s longest serving U.S. Senator, Max Baucus has been critical to policy shaping in the halls of Congress and on the international stage. Joe Lieberman is a true Independent and was rightly named the ‘Conscience of the Senate’ for his ability to reach across the aisle in shaping policy. And Jim Matheson has built a reputation of bipartisanship in his fourteen years of public service in the House of Representatives and today in the private sector as a leading energy expert.”

The American Council for Capital Formation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan economic policy organization dedicated to the advocacy of an improved regulatory process, innovation in energy policy, dynamic free trade, an efficient infrastructure policy, a modern corporate governance process, pro-growth tax policy and a robust retirement system