Former McCain staffers turn into tribal lobbyists
At least 16 former staffers to Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) have left Capitol Hill to become lobbyists, a practice he has criticized.

Eric Eberhard and Steven Heeley left the Senate Indian Affairs Committee to represent tribes, The Politico reports. Heeley's clients include the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, one of the tribes involved in the Jack Abramoff scandal.

Eberhard and Heeley are now "Friends" to the American Indians for McCain Coalition, Indian Country Today reported last week.

John Tahsuda, a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, is the co-chair of the McCain Coalition. He left the Senate Indian Affairs Committee to work for a Washington lobbying firm.

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