May 18, 2007
The Honorable George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President:
On March 1, 2007, you nominated Michael E. Baroody for the position of Chair and Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission ("CPSC"). This nomination was transmitted to the Senate on March 5, 2007. In connection with Mr. Baroody's May 24, 2007, nominations hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee, we are writing to request the following documents:
# a copy of Mr. Baroody's January 26, 2006, severance agreement with the National Association of Manufacturers ("NAM");
# a copy of the January 10, 2007, amendment to Mr. Baroody's severance agreement;
# a copy of any correspondence, memoranda, electronic communications or other documents associated with the March 5, 2007, letter from Mr. Baroody to Page C. Faulk, General Counsel, CPSC, detailing the steps Mr. Baroody will take to "avoid any actual or apparent conflicts of interest" in connection with the $150,000 severance payment he will receive from NAM if confirmed as Chair of the CPSC; and
# a copy of any correspondence, memoranda, electronic communications or other documents associated with Ms. Faulk's April 24, 2007, letter to Senator Daniel Inouye, Chairman, Senate Commerce Committee, finding that the $150,000 severance payment creates "no conflict of interest or other barrier to Mr. Baroody serving as Chairman or Commissioner of the CPSC."
These documents are necessary so that both the Committee and the American public are fully informed of the circumstances surrounding Mr. Baroody's $150,000 severance package from NAM, and the extent to which that payment affects his ability to serve as Chair of this critical consumer protection agency.
So that we may review these documents in advance of the hearing, we request delivery as soon as possible and, in any event, no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, 2007.
Thank you in advance for your prompt assistance with this request.
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)
U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL)
U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL)