2016-09-26 by Robert Schmidt
(Bloomberg) -- American Express Co.'s top lobbyist on corporate tax policy has left the credit card company to open his own firm in Washington. A Democrat, David Morgan worked at AmEx for almost a decade and has signed it up as a client, he said in an interview. Morgan, 46, also lobbied for AmEx on small business matters and was the treasurer of the New York-based company's political action committee.
His departure comes as a corporate tax reform shapes up to be one of the major issues on Congress' agenda next year, regardless of how the November election turns out.
In an effort to complete with larger firms, Morgan said he will be partnering with two other well-known tax and finance Democratic lobbyists, Michael Williams and Don Calloway. Williams was the no. 2 in Credit Suisse Group's AG's Washington office and Calloway handled the federal tax portfolio for Anheuser-Busch InBev NV. While the three will work on some matters together, they plan to keep their own firms as well.