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Retiring Kansas Lawmaker Opens Lobbying Shop While Still in Office

Retiring Kansas Lawmaker Opens Lobbying Shop While Still in Office

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Retiring Kansas Rep. Lynn Jenkins launched a brand new lobbying agency in her dwelling state weeks earlier than she formally steps out of public workplace, in accordance with a neighborhood media report printed Friday.

Lawmakers are restricted from working as lobbyists till they’ve been out of workplace for a yr. However the federal legislation that restricts their actions is porous, and former lawmakers routinely discover methods to commerce their affect earlier than the prohibition expires.

Ethics watchdogs instructed the Kansas Metropolis Star the brand new enterprise launched in November by the Republican seems to be such a case.

“That is an egregious abuse of the revolving door,” Craig Holman, the lobbyist for Public Citizen, a gaggle that advocates for stricter ethics guidelines, instructed the publication.  “I think she’s being coached as to learn how to dance across the legislation, but it surely definitely violates the spirit of the revolving door legislation itself.”

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Jenkins’ workplace instructed the paper in a press release that she had consulted the Home Ethics Committee.

“In an abundance of warning, Congresswoman Jenkins has been working intently with the Home Ethics Committee all through this course of,” Jenkins’ spokesman Lee Modesitt instructed the paper. “She mentioned with them the potential formation of the enterprise previous to doing so and has subsequently reported the precise formation. The enterprise has no shoppers and won’t be actively searching for them till she leaves workplace.”

Jenkins has been in workplace for 5 phrases and was thought of a possible front-runnner for the Kansas gubernatorial race when she introduced her plans to retire final yr.

Her former chief of employees in Washington, Pat Leopold, registered the consulting enterprise  LJ Methods, LLC. with the Kansas Secretary of State Nov. 20., The Sunflower State Journal reported. Her time period ends in January.

Leopold managed the marketing campaign of Jenkins’ successor, Republican Steve Watkins, whom Jenkins endorsed. 

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