#MeToo Exposed in US Corridors of Power
A prominent US lobbyist has been accused of waging an attack on leading business women and female politicians in what is being dubbed Capitol Hill’s equivalent to the Hollywood harassment campaign #MeToo.
John Weiler, Managing Director of the think tank IT Acquisition Advisory Council (IT-AAC), has been accused of briefing against and publicly attacking prominent female figures on the Hill and in the innovation sector in what is has been labelled #MeTooInTech.
Weiler’s alleged victims read like the ‘Who’s Who’ in Washington, including Sally Donnelly, the former Chief of Staff of the Secretary of Defence; Kristan King Nevins, the Chief of Staff of Congressman Will Hurd; Ellen Lord, the Undersecretary for Acquisition in the Department of Defence; Teresa Carlson, the Vice President of Public Sector Worldwide for AWS and Goldy Kamali, the Founder of Fedscoop.
Weiler was even served with a cease and desist notice by the US Department of Defense (DoD) for harassing members of one of its departments – the Defense Digital Services, criticising its work on the Government’s cloud contract Project JEDI.
A spokesperson for the #MeTooInTech campaign said: “John Weiler has mounted a sleazy campaign against women in senior positions in politics and technology. There is absolutely no place for this type of behaviour in today’s world.
“It might be a different type of harassment to what we have witnessed in Hollywood, but it is still totally unacceptable from a high-profile male influencer in American politics. Like Hollywood, we want to expose the treatment of women in our sector and put a stop to it.
“These women are bright and talented, and they have worked hard to get to where they are in their careers in a male dominant world. They should not be exposed to this sort of behaviour and forced to question whether they want to stay in such prominent roles in the industry if they are going to be treated in this manner”.
Interestingly, John Weiler’s lobbying organisation the IT-AAC has no women on its main board.