The implication that lobbyists have seen their influence wane under President Barack Obama is belied by the facts.
A top campaign contributor to former Rep. Ron Klein (D-Fla.)—the Obama bundler who once registered, then deregistered, and now “never” registered as a lobbyist for Spirit Airlines—won stimulus grants and contracts worth nearly $18.5 million, White House records show.
Former Rep. Ron Klein (D., Fla.) was “never a lobbyist,” according to an amended lobbyist registration document filed Thursday with the Senate Office of Public Records.
Former Rep. Ron Klein (D-Fla.) is an active campaign bundler for President Obama, having raised between $200,000 and $500,000, according to campaign records. He is also a registered federal lobbyist.