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Dems Accuse Blunt’s Son of Federal Lobbying

Andy Blunt, who serves as his father’s campaign manager, led a D.C. visit for clients in April.

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Andrea Drusch
July 8, 2016, 9:18 a.m.

“When it was announced last year that Andy Blunt would manage the re-election campaign of his father, Republican Sen. Roy Blunt (R), Missouri Democrats accused the younger Blunt of a conflict of interest. … In December,” Andy Blunt said: “I lobby in the state of Missouri, not the United States Congress, and there is a clear distinction.”

“But in April … Andy Blunt helped lead a delegation of Missouri cable television executives in meetings with members of the Missouri congressional delegation or their staffs. … Asked about the meetings this week,” Andy Blunt, who serves as executive director of the Missouri Cable Telecommunications Association, “said he did not consider the meetings to be lobbying. … But the issue of a Federal Communications Commission proposal to change how viewers get television programming came up. And the staff of” Sen. Claire McCaskill’s (D) “office said it considered the meeting to be lobbying.” (St. Louis Post Dispatch)

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