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Former Sens. Bob Bennett and Byron Dorgan Hired as Lobbyists

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From senators to lobbyists in one week flat.

Bob Bennett of Utah and Byron Dorgan of North Dakota have been hired as senior policy advisers by Arent Fox, the firm said on its website Tuesday.

The announcement comes a week to the day after the pair ended their congressional careers.

Bennett, a Republican, and Dorgan, a Democrat, will work together to expand "the firm's already thriving government relations practice," the statement said. The news was first reported by The New York Times.

"They bring a remarkable amount of leadership, knowledge and experience in key policy areas including taxes, energy, financial services and trade," said Mark M. Katz, Arent Fox's chairman. "They will add a tremendous amount of proven strategic, policy and business expertise that is important to our clients and our law firm."

Bennett, who served three terms in the Senate, will work mostly out of Arent Fox's Los Angeles offices, representing international clients, the firm said.

Dorgan will serve as co-chair of the firm's Government Relations Practice along with former congressman Phil English of Pennsylvania, who was hired by Arent Fox two years ago. Prior to serving three terms in the Senate, Dorgan was in the House for 12 years.

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I think it is time with our new congress to get rid of all lobyist. They are the problem. with their influence laws are passed for for corperations not for the people of the U.S. who pay the bills . If they are stopped our government won't be bought and sold and we the people will have a chance to prosper.

January 11 2011 at 8:16 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

It is even ludicrous for any citizen to demand that legislators refrain from being lobbyists for at least 5 years after living servise, since they will not pass such a law. In the meantime, I hope enough Americans rise to the occasion to demand such a law.

January 11 2011 at 7:15 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

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