Despite Abramoff Scandal, Burns Drops Modesty in Lobbyist Fundraising
In January, Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) moved a $1,000-a-plate "birthday party" from its original venue -- the offices of powerful lobbying firm Cassidy and Associates -- to the National Republican Senatorial Committee headquarters. It was just a temporary thing: Next month, Burns is planning a $500-a-person (and $1000-a-PAC) breakfast fundraiser at the offices of law/lobby firm Patton Boggs.
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The event is hosted by three lobbyists who specialize in winning earmarks for their customers. "One of the hosts, Kevin O'Neill, has 'secured more than $100 million in federal appropriations for his clients,' according to the [firm's] Web site," AP reports.
Burns recently gave up $150,000 in campaign donations he had received from Abramoff, his partners and his clients. (AP)