Earlier, we reported provincial Liberal executive director Kelly Reichert is also president of Strategic Outlook Inc., a company belonging to the American Association of Political Consultants. But those hoping to contract out Mr. Reichert's political services will be disappointed. In an interview with Public Eye, he explained, "The Strategic Outlook company is more focused on technology. So Hoong and I actually formed that company in 2001. And we did it because we were working on some software that we were hoping to start to market to the U.S."
"But, right around the same time when we developed it, there was some competitor software that came out in the States. And because, it was from the States, it was geared a little more toward their type of campaigning. So we became members of the American Association of Political Consultants to help us market it. And I had attended - and so did Hoong - several of their awards ceremonies for their American political consultant awards. But we've actually taken a whole different focus on that software. Now what we're doing is we're actually in the development stages of a very different type of software that has nothing to do with politics."
So, if Public Eye needs a lobbyist, he won't be able to help out? "We're pretty selective on who we work," quipped Mr. Riechert. "We only do technology. I keep all my political consulting solely for the B.C. Liberals."