By Kent Cooper
Three relatives of House Armed Services Chairman Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., have registered their firm to lobby on behalf of clients who have defense-related products. More than likely the McKeon name will help business.
Golden Oak Consulting of Santa Clarita, Calif., has registered on May 21 to lobby for Threat Deterrence of Alexandria, Va., a computer software firm dealing with defending against various kinds of threats. The company website states, “we have worked inside some of the most capable threat mitigation agencies in the world. These agencies include the United States Intelligence Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, national Security Agency, US Joint Special Operations Command, US Congress and many other threat support organizations.”
Golden Oak Consulting also registered on May 21 to lobby for GoPro of San Mateo, Calif., which makes waterproof and shockproof cameras. In 2011 the company launched a military helmet mount for its camera. A press release stated “We developed our NVG Mount to make it simple for them to attach their GoPro cameras to the helmets they’re already using every day. The men and women serving in the military and civil services are out there every day, working in some of the most extreme conditions on earth. We are hopeful that our products can help them with their work…”
The managing partners of Golden Oak Consulting are Steve McKeon, Daniel McKeon and Joe McKeon. These are the first two federal lobbying clients for the firm.
Golden Oak Consulting is also working with another company, DuraSeal Coatings, a nanotechnology company, in Kansas City, Mo. A Golden Oak Consulting press release stated, “Golden Oak is looking forward to enhancing DuraSeal Coating’s current value position and is committed to building DuraSeal Coating’s position in the new Government market.” DuraSeal Coatings wants to sell products to the Department of Defense. In September of 2012, another firm, J. M. Burkman & Associates registered to lobby on behalf of DuraSeal Coatings in the Defense area, and specifically the “sale of coatings products to DOD.”
Update 5/22: Golden Oak Consulting has registered three more lobbying clients, Guardian 8 Holdings (AZ) which makes non-lethal defense tools, Reflect Scientific (UT) which deals with refrigeration, and AmberTech (TX) which makes lubricate and chemical coatings.