Nixon Enemies List entry for
|List and position:||Second, #324|
|Name as originally listed:||Frank Lautenberg|
|Vitals:||1/23/1924 - 6/3/2013|
|1972 location:||Montclair, NJ|
- CEO of ADP (aka Automatic Data Processing), an eagerly-welcomed out-sourcer of payroll processing in the 1950's that endures in the 21st century. Heck, any business is more focused once it stops worrying about the irrelevant like check printing and everchanging withholding calculations.
- Last WW II veteran to serve in the U.S. Senate.
- Lautenberg joined the future ADP as the fifth employee and first salesman in 1952 and became the CEO. Two Columbia classmates had founded "Automatic Payrolls, Inc." in 1949. Some sources say he was a co-founder of ADP, but only with a generous blur of semantics. (When does ADP become ADP and not Automatic Payrolls?) Let's go with the co-founder thing because it's the attractive legend and this website is also based on an attractive legend and we humans crave attractive legends.
- He enlisted in 1942 and served in the Army Signal Corps in WW II until 1946 and then attended Columbia under the GI Bill. As U.S. Senator in 2008, he supported the increased benefits of that program, unsurprisingly, against Bush's wishes, also unsurprisingly.
- never held elected office before successfully running for US Senator. Lesson to all White House staffs: If you honor someone with recognition on your enemy's list, there's a disproportionate chance that he/she will be a U.S. Senator 10 years thence.
- died in office unstrategically as a Democrat with a Republican NJ governor who would appoint a replacement in 2013.
- His campaign style was not particularly nice or honest, as strongly implied in his NY Times obituary, but we're talking about New Jersey, for goodness' sake.
- The NY Times obituary did not mention that he was on the Second Enemies List. Indeed, his place on the Enemies List pales compared to his other accomplishments. He was on the mere Second List, after all. That's the list of mostly unknown McGovern backers and he bought his way with a whopping $90,000 donation in the last year of non-pretend individual unlimited donations.
- He was unusual by modern standards as a business leader who advocated for safety regulations (like workplace smoking prohibitions) as well as subsidies for the public good (like Amtrak railroad passenger service).
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