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Some Political Consultants Play Both Sides

Posted By Mark Haas CMC FIMC, Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Following the recent events of political corruption in New York legislation, the appearance of unethical behavior among some political consultants raises even more concerns. A common practice is for political consultants, after working to get a client elected, will use their position and influence to lobby that elected official on behalf of new private clients.

There are political consulting firms who are also registered lobbyists. Although lobbying and ethics rules are in place, it is unclear whether these consultants are adhering to the principles of the laws.  Although consulting firms assert that they do not get any special treatment - not ask for it - from those politicians they helped elect, the appearance of a conflict of interest creates a level of mistrust in the relationship.  
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