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Taxpayers funding Rep. Luis Gutierrez’s lobbyist confidant

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Doug Scofield was chief of staff to Rep. Luis Gutierrez, an Illinois Democrat, until 2002. In 2003, Scofield took two consulting jobs:

1) Taxpayer-funded political consultant for Gutierrez’s office;

2) State-level lobbyist for health care companies and all sorts of nonprofits.

USA Today has the story. Here’s one item:

In 2010, Gutierrez requested that the House Appropriations Committee earmark $620,000 for the Chicago Botanical Garden, according to his congressional website. Scofield listed the garden as a lobbying client for a few months in 2005, and it is still listed as a client on the website of his communication firm.

Scofield’s clients included health care companies with serious stakes in Obamacare. So, health care companies were paying Scofield, while Scofield was advising Gutierrez, while Gutierrez was voting on Obamacare — seems like a conflict of interest to me.

On a related point, Maryland State Del. Heather Mizeur — who was a registered federal lobbyist for health care companies while sitting on the health appropriations subcommittee in Annapolis — is running for governor.

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