Patty Murray Awards $$$ to Clients of Former Aides Now Working as Lobbyists

by lewwaters

Ann Coulter labels Washington States senior Senator as the stupidest person in America, but that didn’t stop firms who are clients of her former aides now working as lobbyists from being awarded some $20,000,000.00 in earmarks that she inserted into the 2011 defense appropriations bill.

“At least 17 former Murray staff members have slid over to the lobbying sector, capitalizing on insider knowledge and connections to win favor for their clients, including lucrative earmarks.”

“They include Murray’s former chief of staff, Rick Desimone, who landed a $1 million earmark in the defense bill for a Canadian medical company with offices in Kirkland. The bill was an even bigger win for Shay Hancock, Murray’s former lead defense staffer, who lobbied for three firms that got $7.5 million in earmarks.”

“Murray’s clout as an appropriator helps explain why lobbyists and their firms — including those that employ her former staffers — are among her biggest campaign contributors.”

“Despite her own network of lobbyist backers, Murray’s campaign and state Democrats have relentlessly portrayed her Republican opponent, Dino Rossi, as unethical because of his ties to lobbyists. In particular, they’ve hit Rossi for business deals with two statehouse lobbyists more than a decade ago when he was a state senator.”

Read more: Seattle Times

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