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Former Democratic Rep. Ron Klein says he’s an Obama bundler but not a D.C. lobbyist

by George Bennett | February 8th, 2012

Ron Klein

Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Ron Klein of Boca Raton is all over the internets today after The Washington Free Beacon noted that Klein is registered as a lobbyist for Spirit Airlines and listed by President Obama‘s reelection campaign as a bundler who has raised between $200,000 and $500,000 — an apparent violation of the Obama campaign’s self-imposed ban on accepting money from lobbyists.

Klein, however, said he’s not a lobbyist and the registration listing him as one was a “mistake” by someone at Holland & Knight, the law and lobbying firm that hired attorney Klein last year.

“I brought the client in in my business-development work, but we have other people that do lobbying on Capitol Hill,” Klein said in an interview.

A form filed with Congress last month by Holland & Knight lists three lobbyists for Miramar-based Spirit: Klein, former Tampa Democratic Rep. Jim Davis and Lisa Barkovic, who was an aide to former Republican Rep. Mark Foley.

Klein said he’s not doing any lobbying, but is active in bringing clients to the firm and recently took a trip to Israel to recruit high-tech businesses. Klein said he’s also been active in raising money for Democrats, including Sen. Bill Nelson and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston.

2 Responses to “Former Democratic Rep. Ron Klein says he’s an Obama bundler but not a D.C. lobbyist”

  1. Mark Says:

    So typical. Just like Wexler. Glad Klein was defeated. Cheats, cheats, cheats!

  2. b Says:

    OK we’ll call him a historian will that make the right wing happy?

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