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Phil Gingrey kept a lobbyist on his campaign payroll and earmarked money for lobbyist's client

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The National Center for State Courts in 2008 retained as a lobbyist Mitch Hunter, former chief of staff to Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., now a Senate candidate in Georgia. Hunter lobbied on appropriations.

Gingrey soon wrote a letter to the Appropriations Committee, requesting an earmark for the NCSC. Interestingly, while Hunter was lobbying for NCSC, he was also working on Gingrey's re-election.

So Gingrey was earmarking taxpayer dollars to an organization that was paying one of his campaign aides.

You can read all the details in this Roll Call piece, which, interestingly, is reprinted in full on the webpage of Gingrey's potential future colleague, earmark scourge Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.

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