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Lobbying Federal Agencies

Alex Pacheco has engineered and led numerous high profile, high impact national and international campaigns against and sometimes alongside, various federal, state, and local government agencies - for the ultimate purpose of stopping inhumane practices and reducing the suffering of animals.

Federal entities including:
  • U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration . . . (performs painful, fatal drug tests on live animals)

  • U.S. Department of Justice . . . (is pressured by industry to pursue numerous animal activists)

  • U.S. Department of Defense . . . (kills millions of animals in painful experiments)

  • U.S. Department of Transportation . . . (allows and performs painful fatal experiments on animals)

  • U.S. Department of the Interior . . . (allows the maiming and killing of millions of wild animals)

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency . . . (performs painful fatal experiments on live animals)

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture . . . (allows painful fatal experiments on millions of live animals, etc.)

  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration . . . (allows painful fatal experiments on millions of live animals)

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service . . . (promotes the maiming and killing of millions of wild animals)

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services . . . (sponsors painful fatal tests on millions of animals)

  • National Park Service . . . (allows hunting and trapping in National Parks, etc.)

  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms . . . (performs painful, fatal tests on animals)

  • Smithsonian Institution . . . (owns the National Zoo where experiments on animals are performed)

  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke . . . (performs painful animal tests)

  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration . . . (authorize painful animal tests)

  • National Science Foundation . . . (funds many painful animal experiments)

  • National Institutes of Health . . . (performs painful animal experiments)

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration . . . (performed painful animal experiments)

  • International Trade Commission . . . (regulates inhumane trapping and killing of wildlife)

  • Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service . . . (charged by Congress with enforcing the AWA)

  • Federal Bureau of Investigations . . . (are pressured by corporations to pursue some activists)

  • Federal Trade Commission . . . (regulates the businesses responsible for most animal suffering)

  • European Union . . . (not a U.S. agency, regulates inhumane practices inflicted on millions of animals)

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Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger

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Unprecedented action by any Secretary of Defense, after Pacheco led a successful high profile campaign and lobbied Congress to convince Secretary Weinberger to personally order an immediate change in DOD policy with the permanent termination of the military's long standing practice of shooting -- at point blank range -- tethered live dogs and cats in violent wound experiments. After additional lobbying, the Secretary further ordered the immediate closure of the DOD's Bethesda based Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences wound laboratory all together -- just months after it was built -- and further mandated the full use of painkillers for all other live animals shot in other DOD wound laboratories.
   
Covered on the front page of the Washington Post and extensively by virtually all major media outlets.
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U.S. House of Science Subcommittee

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Very active in generating the 2000 oversight hearings by the U.S. House Science Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment for the purpose of reducing the suffering of tens of millions of animals.
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HHS, NIH, USDA

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Thee months after the Nancy Reagan announcement, Pacheco began working undercover in a federally funded research facility less than 10 miles from the White House. He spearheaded a very successful high profile campaign to compel the $13 billion per year U.S. National Institutes of Health to, for the first time in history, terminate a federal research grant which was in its 18th year, on the grounds of cruelty to animals.
 
He then led the lobbying effort to convince Congress to convince the U.S. Department of Agriculture to, for the first time in history, shut down the laboratory based on violations of federal animal welfare laws.
All of these events were covered by virtually all major media outlets.
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H.H.S. Secretary Heckler

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Unprecedented action by any H.H.S. Secretary, after Pacheco successfully lobbied Congress to apply political pressure on the H.H.S. to suspend an abusive primate-brain-scrambling laboratory by suspending targeted federal funding.

Covered by virtually all major media outlets.

Additional lobbying led to Secretary Heckler further agreeing to not only change H.H.S. policy, but to overturn orders from the National Institutes of Health and terminate the $15 million brain scrambling experiment which was in it's 12th year at the Ivy League University of Pennsylvania. 
   
When it comes to Budgets, the H.H.S. has the 3rd largest budget in the world, only the entire U.S. Federal Government and the entire Soviet Union, are larger.

The budget of the U.S. Defense Department is less. 

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Congressman Charlie Wilson

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Father-in-law was one of the most powerful members of Congress.

Congressman Charlie Wilson (D-TX), producer of "the largest military covert operation in history"
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Michael Jackson's Bubbles

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Produced popular, standing room only media-generating-lobbying events such as flying in the California based singer Michael Jackson's pet chimpanzee Bubbles, with trainer in tow, to host black tie events on Capital Hill, at the Ritz Carlton, etc., 
Arranged for Bubbles to visit members of Congress personally and bring public attention to pending animal protection legislation.

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First Lady Barbara Bush

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Followed in the footsteps of  Nancy Reagan,  this time making her announcement before the Inauguration Day ceremonies, and this time with much less resistance.

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First Lady Nancy Reagan

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was one of the first high profile figures to cross paths with Pacheco...

While still in college, he led a successful high profile campaign to convince the First Lady, over her objections, to announce she would not wear fur coats again, because of cruelty to animals -- after she made the mistake of wearing a $12,000 fur coat to the swearing in ceremony of her husband, President Reagan.
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Senator Robert Smith (R-NH)

Raised money for and campaigned for pro-animal, conservative hawk Senator Robert Smith (R-NH)of the Senate Environmental Protection and Armed Services Committees.

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Jesse Helms & Ted Kennedy

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Pacheco spearheaded the introduction of high profile landmark federal legislation to force the federal government to release a band of research primates crippled in a federally funded laboratory that had been previously shut down, securing over 200 House Co-Sponsors of the legislation, as well as the signatures of 55 U.S. Senators, ranging from the liberal Senator Ted Kennedy to the conservative Senator Jesse Helms.
 
This legislation was actively and aggressively opposed and lobbied against by the national biomedical industry, including
  • the American Medical Association,
  • the Association of American Medical Colleges,
  • the U.S. National Institutes of Health,
  • the U.S. Department of Agriculture,
  • the American Psychological Association,
  • . . . and many, many more.
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Terminating Federal Fur Subsidies

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Spearheading the difficult passage of amendments in the House and Senate,ultimately signed by the President, terminating multi-million dollar federal subsidies  to the fur industry -- on the grounds of cruelty.
These subsidies were in their 28th year.
The votes were covered by C-Span.
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Lobbying in Washington

P.E.T.A.

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For 20 years Alex directed the congressional lobbying efforts of the world's number one animal advocacy organization. He was responsible for hiring, evaluating, motivating, and directing the work of lobbyists, and organizing political media events and legislative campaigns covering a very wide spectrum of political issues and needs. (1980-2000)

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U.S. Senator Robert Dole

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Raised money for the Presidential Campaign of Senate Majority Leader, pro-animal Senator Bob Dole (R-KS).
 
Established a few Political Action Committees.
Contributed funds to, and worked on, a number of state and local election and re-election campaigns. 
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10 Years in Boston

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For 10 years (1986-1996) Pacheco directed the congressional lobbying of this $8 million advocacy organization. He was responsible for hiring, evaluating, motivating and directing the work of lobbyists and all lobbying efforts, political media events, legislative communications and political strategy on a large number of political issues such as convincing federal agencies to end their long standing practice of requiring the use of live, fully conscious animals in extremely painful and ultimately fatal "Lethal Dose 50" tests.  

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U.S. Congressman Tom Lantos

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Successfully campaigned for the re-election of political leaders such as Congressman Tom Lantos (D-CA), co-founder of the Human Rights Caucus and founder of the Congressional Animal Welfare Caucus. During the Congressman's first re-election campaign the Congressman's staff estimated there were approximately 10,000 registered animal voters in his district, and he brought Pacheco out to campaign full time in the California District to get out the animal vote.
 
The Congressman went on to win the election by 10,000 votes.
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Amending the Federal Animal Welfare Act

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Testifying before Congress as the lead witness in oversight hearings by the House Subcommittee on Science, Research and Technology in support of  federal legislation intended to reduce the suffering of  approximately 100 million animals used and killed in experiments annually in the U.S., by amending the federal Animal Welfare Act.
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Vice President Al Gore

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Fierce lobbying of Congress in 1999 to fight against an ill advised Clinton Administration campaign, which was being led by Vice President Al Gore, to change regulations of the Environmental Protection Agency governing the U.S. chemical industry. 
 
The Vice President wanted thousand of already tested and already approved chemicals to be re-tested, using millions of live animals in very painful, fatal, poisoning tests.
 
The lobbying went on for years, and was ultimately successful.
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Taiwan

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Lobbied the Taiwan government with actor Steven Seagal to successfully push through passage of the first and only law in Taiwan outlawing cruelty to animals.