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Abramoff Scandal
Burns joins Washington lobbying firm


Former Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Montana) spent most of last year deriding Jack Abramoff in hopes of distancing himself from the convicted lobbyist.

The effort didn't work and voters sent Burns packing. But now the defeated lawmaker is joining Gage, a Washington lobbying firm founded by his former chief of staff.

"Conrad’s expertise, knowledge and background as a senior member of the United States Senate will be of great value to our clients," said Leo Giacometto.

During his campaign, Burns said in one television commercial that Abramoff "never influenced me." Now he'll be trying to influence others on behalf of clients from Montana and from the technology field.

Get the Story:
Tainted Ex-Senator Joins Lobbying Firm (CBS News 1/10)
Burns will work for Giacometto's lobbying firm (AP 1/11) $

Montana Election Results:
U.S. Senate (Montana Secretary of State)

Relevant Links:
Jon Tester for US Senate - http://www.testerforsenate.com
Conrad Burns for Senate - http://www.conradburns.com
Sen. Conrad Burns - http://burns.senate.gov
Montana Republican Party - http://www.mtgop.org
Montana Democratic Party - http://www.montanademocrats.org

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