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Billings Gazette: Abramoff-connected lobbyist sentenced to prison had Montana clients

On October 26, 2011, the Assoicated Press and Billings Gazette reported:

Kevin Ring, a former lobbyist who was a rising star under Jack Abramoff’s tutelage, was sentenced Wednesday to nearly two years in prison for giving public officials meals and event tickets.

Ring represented two clients in Montana — and both have said he did a good job for them.

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Carter County hired Ring in 2003 — at the suggestion of U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., who said he advised the county that a lobbyist could help its quest to secure highway funding, and gave them some names, including Ring’s.

Ring gave $2,000 in campaign donations to Rehberg in 2002 and 2003 and $1,000 to then U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont.

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