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.
As first reported by the Washington Free Beacon on Wednesday, Klein’s name appeared on a lobbyist registration form filed on Jan. 30, 2012, disclosing a contract between Spirit Airlines, Inc., and Holland & Knight LLP, the lobbying firm where Klein works.
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The Obama campaign has repeatedly claimed they do not accept donations from registered lobbyists. Klein is an active bundler for the president’s reelection campaign, having raised between $200,000 to $500,000.
Klein told NBC’s Michael Isikoff on Wednesday that his registration was the result of a "clerical error," and that he intended to deregister immediately and resume bundling for the Obama campaign.
"I’m not a lobbyist," he said.
However, Klein’s statements, as well as the recently filed amendment, appear to contradict the remarks of a senior official with the Obama campaign, who told Politico the campaign had cut ties with Klein, who had stopped raising money "the minute he became a lobbyist."
But Klein said the campaign had never contacted him.