Friday, January 06, 2006

Things Happening In Threes

A article links Alexander Strategy Group (AKA "DeLay, Inc."), a Washington based lobbying firm who's pay roll, past and present, is a who's who of former DeLay staff and family members, is linked to "no fewer than" three current ethic/lobbying/campaign finance scandals:

Former DeLay aide Tony Rudy who is a focus of a federal investigation of lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

The Alexander Strategy Group's founder is former DeLay chief of staff Ed Buckham and is the person who set up the South Korea junket that was in violation of ethics rules.

The firm represented the company whose owner, prosecutors allege, bribed former representative Randy "Duke" Cunningham.

These close ties to DeLay have paid off in more ways than the free PR they've been getting lately. Here is how much revenue per lobbyist they're getting compared to DC's biggest firm:

"The company, whose offices are along the Potomac River in Washington's fashionable Georgetown district, brought in $7.8 million in 2004, an average of $650,000 for each of its 12 registered lobbyists, according to disclosures filed with Congress. That compares with an average of about $250,000 per registered lobbyist last year at Patton Boggs LLP, Washington's biggest lobbying firm by revenue. Patton Boggs had revenue of $30.6 million in 2004."


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