- Jonathan Mendelsohn
Jonathan Mendelsohn is the director of general election resources for the British Labour Party.cite news|url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/11/28/nbrown1928.xml|title=Jon Mendelsohn profile: a real Mr Fix-It|author=Christopher Hope|publisher=
The Daily Telegraph|date=29 November 2007|accessdate=2007-11-30] He had previously been a spokesman and lobbyist for the gambling company PartyGaming. [ [http://www.betsage.com/gamblingnews/17082007/partygamingcommunicator.htm Party Gaming communicator now Labour Party Fundraiser] ] He is the former chairman of Labour Friends of Israel.
Neal Lawsonand Ben Lucas, he founded LLM Communicationsin 1997, a lobbying firm with notable access to the new Labour Government. [cite news|url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/Columnists/Column/0,5673,434619,00.html|title=Social justice - that's so old Labour|first=Francis|last=Wheen|date= 7 February 2001|publisher=The Guardian|accessdate=2007-11-29] [ [http://sero.wordpress.com/2007/11/29/comment-is-free-but-libel-lawyers-are-expensive/ Comment is Free… but journos are scared « Follow The Money ] ]
He had written to controversial Labour donor David Abrahams claiming he was one of Labour's "strongest supporters". [ [http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23423341-details/Scandal+donor:+'Labour+sent+me+letter+yesterday+THANKING+me+for+the+money'/article.do 'You're not up to the job Gordon': Cameron launches blistering attack over donor scandal] , Evening Standard, 28 November] In 1998 he was caught on tape along with
Derek Draperboasting to Greg Palast, an undercover reporter posing as a businessman, about how they could sell access to government ministers and create tax breaks for their clients [cite web|url=http://www.gregpalast.com/tony-blair-and-the-sale-of-britain/|title=Britain for Sale|date= 1 May 2005|author= Greg Palast|accessdate=2007-11-29] in a scandal that was dubbed "Lobbygate". [cite news|url=http://observer.guardian.co.uk/2001election/story/0,,466695,00.html|title=You must remember this|date= 1 April 2001|publisher=The Observer|accessdate=2007-11-29] Draper denied the allegations. [cite news|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/128125.stm|title=Draper accuses Observer of entrapment|date= 7 July 1998|publisher=BBC|accessdate=2007-11-29] In the same incident Mendelsohn was approached by an undercover Journalist posing as a representative of American energy companies who were seeking to ignore environmental laws. Despite LLM's claim that "we believe that there will be a new breed of 'ethical winners' who will demonstrate that businesses no longer operate in a moral vacuum" [LLM Brochure] , Mendelsohn went on to advise the reporter to rephrase their plans into language that sounded "Earth-Friendly" going on to say "Tony [Blair] is very anxious to be seen as green. Everything has to be couched in environmental language - even if it's slightly Orwellian." [cite news |title=Jon Mendelsohn |work=Man In The Eye |publisher=Private Eye |date=7 December 2007 ]
He donated money to the
Peter HainLabour Party deputy leadership campaign. [cite news|url=http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article3209867.ece|title=Brown aide in the frame as police are asked to investigate donations|author=Colin Brown|publisher= The Independent|date=30 November 2007|accessdate=2007-11-30]
According to the
Daily Telegraph, "Mr Mendelsohn is steeped in the north London Jewish community. He is a close friend of Lord Levy, who was at the heart of Labour’s cash for peerages affair."
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