#LASEN: How can a lobbyist *legally* give a senator $50,000?

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Published on August 28, 2013

The Washington Examiner’s Tim Carney explains:

Super-lobbyist Tony Podesta is unloading his $1.8 million Capitol Hill townhouse, and he’s paying Sen. Mary Landrieu’s husband to sell it for him.

Frank Snellings is married to Landrieu, the Louisiana Democrat and member of the Appropriations Committee. When not raising their children or helping Landrieu’s reelection campaign, Snellings is a realtor at Coldwell Banker. Podesta, one of the most connected Democratic lobbyists in town, has retained Snellings as his listing agent for the famed “Podesta Townhouse.”

The expected commission on the home (which was actually marketed for $1.9 million) is about $50,000.

As Carney explains, the Podesta Group’s biggest client, Lockheed Martin, has business before Landrieu, the chairwoman of the Homeland Security Appropriations subcommittee. Whatever you have to say about campaign finance contributions, at least there are restrictions to how those are used — senators can’t use them to buy boats and such. Not so in this case.

Carney also brings up another development of which I’d been unaware — Landrieu has apparently become a major advocate for reinstating BP’s rights to drill of the Louisiana coast, after the company had been excluded after its mega-oil spill. So do yourself a favor and read the whole thing.