‘The Intercept’ questions Kyl’s lobbying ties

Shadow lobbying- A multibillion-dollar D.C. industry with little transparency.


By Jeremy Duda | Arizzona Mirror

Jon Kyl’s brief return to the U.S. Senate will likely pay dividends when he returns to his old lobbying practice, where he represented clients whose interests he’s promoted since Gov. Doug Ducey appointed him to fill John McCain’s seat, The Intercept reported on Monday.

David Dayen of The Intercept reported that Kyl, who joined the Washington, D.C., lobbying firm Covington & Burling after leaving the Senate in 2013, can “re-familiarize [himself] with new colleagues and show potential clients in the corporate world his established clout” with his stint in the Senate. Only 60 of the senators Kyl served with are still members of the body, and five more are leaving at the end of the year.

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Though Senate ethics rules prevent Kyl from lobbying members of Congress for two years after he leaves office, there are permissible activities he can engage in that are known as “shadow lobbying.” Among the de facto lobbying activities he’ll still be able to engage in are advising and counseling corporate clients, and using his contacts to guide congressional lobbying efforts. He’ll be able to socialize with members of Congress and raise money for them. He’ll maintain access to the Senate floor as a former member. And he’ll still be able to contact members of the executive branch.


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December 2018