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Lobbyist for Lance Armstrong’s Austin cancer foundation visits the Hill, but not strictly on a mission of talking about cancer
Tuesday, Jul 17, 2012, 03:27PM CST
By Mark Lisheron

Hoping to open yet another channel in the fight to survive cancer, the Austin non-profit foundation Livestrong sent a paid lobbyist to Washington to question the mission and the funding for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

The lobbyist visited with a staff member for a congressman on the House Appropriations Committee, the committee, coincidentally, that oversees most of the $15 million annual budget for the agency, the Wall Street Journal is reporting today.

The agency, coincidentally, filed charges late last month against Austin expatriate Lance Armstrong for using performance enhancing drugs to win at least a few of his seven Tours de France.

Armstrong, who responded by suing the Anti-Doping Agency he says is conducting a “kangaroo court” and a “witch hunt” against him, is, coincidentally, the founder of Livestrong.

The Livestrong lobbyist voiced concerns about the fairness of the agency’s process to a staff member for Rep. José Serrano, D-N.Y., the Appropriations Committee member, the story says.

The Appropriations Committee has oversight for the $10 million taxpayer-supported grant from the federal Office of National Drug Control Policy that undergirds the agency’s annual budget.

A foundation spokesman called the account of Serrano’s staffer inaccurate, so incredulous was she that the lobbyist could have strayed so far off topic.

All lobbying, the spokesman says, is supposed to be undertaken “to identify the issues faced by cancer survivors in order to comprehensively improve quality of life for members of the global cancer community,” as outlined at the top of the platforms and priorities page of the foundation’s website.

The priorities page makes no mention of doping, cycling or the French.

The foundation president, Doug Ulman, however, has publicly questioned the “integrity and oversight,” of the Anti-Doping Agency’s proceeding against Armstrong.

The same foundation which stood to raise more than $1 million through a contract with World Triathlon Corporation which, in turn, stood to leverage a personal contract with Armstrong into a lucrative television contract for its ironman triathlon series.

The same company that chose to suspend Armstrong from the ironman competitions while the doping charges against him are being cleared up.


Contact Mark Lisheron at 512-299-2318 or or on Twitter at @marktxwatchdog.

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Tuesday, 07/17/2012 - 10:16PM

Isn't it illegal for a non-profit to lobby for an accused

drug peddler (pun intended) who helped mastermind sports' greatest drug conspiracy. Would we call a liar of that magnitude a Sociopath? Are Spandex pants

flame retardant? As in Liar Liar Pants on Fire?

Monday, 07/23/2012 - 07:56AM

Lance Armstrong's denial of drug use is DARVO (Google it). Or as Shakespeare would say, He doth protest too much!

The majority of his "loyal" fans on Twitter are fake. He uses his Livestrong "navigators"

to create fake twitter accounts to sanitize his online reputation, and also to intimitate politicians

with his large Twitter "constituicy". Navigators at Livestrong have individually created thousands of accounts and are now told to step it up for his current PR crisis. Watch for a new book about him called, The Cycling Psycopath, by an Austin writer imbeded at Livestrong. Do you think the wildfire that almost burned USADA was an accident? Do you think the burning of Floyd Landis cabin was an accident.

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