Lee Fang of Republic Report reports about the ongoing connections between Cesar Conda - Sen. Marco Rubio's chief-of-staff - and the lobbying firm he helped launch, Navigators Global:
Conda, a former aide to Dick Cheney in the first term of the Bush administration and a former analyst for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, helped found Navigators Global, a lobbying firm with offices in D.C. and Sacramento, in 2003. There, he helped a multitude of corporate clients, ranging from Oracle Corporation to PG&E to CitiGroup, with advancing their interests before the federal government, including Congress.
Conda left Navigators Global in January of 2011 only days before being tapped as Rubio's chief of staff, the most influential non-elected position in a congressional office. But the relationship with Navigators Global, which continues to lobby Congress for at least 16 different clients -- including private prison powerhouse GEO Group, New York Life Insurance, and UPS -- didn't end.
Republic Report reviewed Conda's latest personal finance disclosure, filed last month with the Senate clerk's office, which reveals that he received between $50,000 to $100,000 in payments from Navigators Global after becoming a public servant under Rubio. The disclosure shows thats Conda continues to own a stake in his old lobbying firm, and that he continues to share in the firm's financial success. ...
Alex Conant, Rubio's press secretary, says the arrangement between Conda and his lobbying firm was "cleared by Senate Ethics back in 2011." "Cesar had a stock buy out of his ownership units when he left, which is being paid out over time," Conant wrote to Republic Report.