Trump-linked lobbyist holding fundraiser for House Democrat

Trump-linked lobbyist holding fundraiser for House Democrat
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A Florida lobbyist who previously lobbied for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump defends Stephanopolous interview Trump defends Stephanopolous interview Buttigieg on offers of foreign intel: 'Just call the FBI' MORE's businesses in Florida and served as a top donor to his 2016 presidential campaign will appear at an upcoming fundraiser for a Democratic congressman.

Politico reported Tuesday that Brian Ballard and several members of his lobbying firm will attend an upcoming fundraising event for Rep. Ted DeutchTheodore (Ted) Eliot DeutchDems eye repeal of Justice rule barring presidential indictments Dems eye repeal of Justice rule barring presidential indictments Overnight Health Care: Democratic bill would require insurance to cover OTC birth control | House Dems vote to overturn ban on fetal tissue research | New rule aims to expand health choices for small businesses MORE (D-Fla.), a centrist Democrat who endorsed Trump's opponent, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHouse Intel Republican: 'Foolish' not to take info on opponent from foreign ally House Intel Republican: 'Foolish' not to take info on opponent from foreign ally It's about the delegates, stupid MORE (D), for president in 2016.

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Ballard along with several associates will host the event at a steakhouse in Washington, D.C. according to Politico and was said by one of the event's other organizers to be likely to host future events for the Democratic congressman.

"Congressman Deutch is a reasonable, pragmatic, thoughtful representative," former Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.) told Politico. "He's a loyal Democrat, but he takes great pride in reaching across the aisle whenever possible."

"The approach of the firm is to be a bipartisan firm,” he added of Ballard's lobbying group.

Ballard Partners previously worked with the Trump Organization in the state prior to the president's 2016 election victory, and now serves clients such as Amazon, Boeing, and Uber according to Politico.