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If your brother or uncle runs the House Armed Services Committee, why not be a defense lobbyist?

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If your brother or uncle runs the House Armed Services Committee, why not be a defense lobbyist? That seems to be the thinking of the family of Chairman Buck McKeon, a California Republican. Politico reports:

Buck McKeon’s family is getting into the defense lobbying game.

A firm run by the California Republican’s brother and nephews has landed five lobbying clients, according to newly filed disclosure forms. Each one lists “defense” as an issue area.

As chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, McKeon has major influence over the Pentagon’s annual spending plan — not to mention a last name recognizable to almost anyone in the defense industry …

His brother, Joe McKeon, and nephews Steve and Daniel McKeon are principals in the California-based company Golden Oak Consulting. Steve McKeon, a West Point grad and career soldier who served in Afghanistan, has previously worked in the construction and government consulting industries, according to a biography on the company’s website.

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