Robert Raben

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Robert Raben

Frank staffer

Robert Raben, a counsel for Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), remembers that when his group of gay Hill staff members wanted to screen a controversial documentary in a Judiciary hearing room, Tom Mooney not only defended their right to do it but stopped by to make sure no one was hassling them. "Tom's one of those rare people where what you see is what you get," Raben says.[1]

Reception Honoring Martha Coakley

On Jan. 12, 2010 a reception honoring Martha Coakley was held at the Sonoma Restaurant, 223 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C. Among those present were Senator John Kerry and Representatives, Ed Markey, Richard Neal, William Delahunt, John Tierney, Stephen Lynch, Barney Frank, John Olver, Jim McGovern, Michael Capuano and Niki Tsongas.

Hosts of the reception donated $10,000 and included Nick Allard, Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., the Boston Scientific Political Action Committee, Chuck Brain, Susan Brophy, Mary Beth Cahill, Steve Champlin, Licy Do Canto, Gerald S. J. Cassidy, David Castagnetti, Steve Elmendorf, Candy Ergen, Cahrlie Ergen, Shannon Finley, Larry Harris, Tom Hogan, Carol Kenner, Stephanie Markiewicz, Andy Miller, Heather Podesta, Tony Podesta, Robert Raben, Linda Singer and Bill Titelman.

Co-hosts of the reception donated $5,000 and included Marty Bienenstock, Sheryl Cohen, Chad Dale, Joe Eyer, Jamie Gorelick, Robin Leeds, Fred Liowther, Bernie Nash, Frank Purcell of the CRNA (Nurse Anesthetists) Political Action Committee and Melissa Schulman.

The administration for the reception was organized by Julia Hoffman.[2]


  1. [, Washington Post, Amiable Soldiers Behind Impeachment Lines, By Michael Grunwald, Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, October 22, 1998; Page A14]
  2. Invitation to Reception Honoring Martha Coakley, Jan. 12, 2010