Spirit of Independence
PAM HARBOUR is the Federal Trade Commission’s only Independent commissioner
At 8:00 p.m. on a balmy night last summer, Pam Harbour was standing in line at Disney World with her three children, Alexandra, Katherine and Elizabeth when Senator Tom Daschle’s office rang her cell phone to let her know that her year and a half nomination process was over. After having been appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate, she had become the only Independent commissioner on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). In her first interview since her term began last September, Harbour reveals why she has become one of the Bush Administrations most intriguing appointees. Professionally, she is known for being knowledgeable and articulate about anti-trust and competition issues. She travels domestically and internationally addressing her concern to create a fair market place for businesses.
You were a music major in college. Do you play an instrument?
Who is the most interesting person you have met in Washington, D.C.? Alma Powell, whom I actually met at Washington Life’s Substance and Style event. I have a great deal of admiration for her. I like her demeanor, how she expresses herself. She has the quality of a great lady, warm, personable, articulate, nice, charming and aristocratic.
What has surprised you most about Washington?
In which ways do you find yourself siding with Democrats
You made some strong statements against Kentucky
Fried Chicken because it misled the public regarding
the nutrition content of its food. You seem to favor small
How do you decide which consumer issues are
important enough to bring to the public’s attention?
Before your job at the FTC, you served as the deputy attorney
general of New York where you prosecuted several antimerger
cases. When do you think companies should be
limited to corporate mergers?
Your seven year term will end in 2009.What do you want to accomplish
Where do you see yourself going