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AP: Rehberg Bashes Lobbyists as Son Works for One

On October 18, 2011 the Associated Press reported:

U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg has made a point of criticizing Democratic Sen. Jon Tester’s campaign money ties to lobbyists in their battle for the U.S. Senate, but the Republican has been less vocal about his son’s position as an executive with a Washington, D.C., lobbying firm.

Rehberg’s son A.J. Rehberg, who has worked at GAGE since 2008, more recently became the point man for the Mongolian government’s interests on Capitol Hill. But Rehberg says there is no conflict of interest and he has done due diligence in asking the House ethics committee for guidance in the situation.

The congressman was told lawmakers’ family members are not prohibited from working at a lobbying firm. GAGE also employs former Republican U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns.

“There is no law, rule, or standard of conduct that absolutely prohibits a family member from accepting employment with a lobbying firm, or even engaging in lobbying-related activities,” ethics committee leaders told Rehberg in a letter.

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