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 Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president 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 DeutchHobbled NRA shows strength with Trump House Democrats urge Trump to end deportations of Iraqis after diabetic man's death House conservatives call for ethics probe into Joaquin Castro tweet MORE (D-Fla.), a centrist Democrat who endorsed Trump's opponent, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: Polls flash warning signs for Trump Polls suggest Sanders may be underestimated 10 declassified Russia collusion revelations that could rock Washington this fall MORE (D), for president in 2016.


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.