Wednesday, January 25, 2006

More questions surround Texas' D.C. lobbyist

More questions surround Texas' D.C. lobbyist: "When the state first approved hiring a new lobbying firm with close ties to lobbyist Jack Abramoff in 2004, it rejected competing bids that met more of the state's selection criteria and cost less, according to documents obtained by the Austin American-Statesman.

What the winning firm, Cassidy & Associates, did have was access — all the way to presidential aide Karl Rove, according to memos and e-mails that were obtained through a Texas Open Records Request.

And despite the lower marks the firm received when state officials first reviewed the bids, staff members from Texas' state agencies tapped to choose a new lobbyist eventually awarded the firm a $15,000-a-month contract to lobby Congress."

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