Lobby, fundraise, lobby

Lobbyists have held dual roles as treasurers to at least 868 political action committees since 1998 even as they have made millions of dollars trying to influence Congress, the Center for Public Integrity reported yesterday.

The study detailed relationships a number of lobbyists have with PACs set up by both lawmakers and corporations to raise money for campaigns.

The PACs doled out $525 million in campaign contributions over the past six years.

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The study also found that 78 members of Congress — including 39 sitting members — have appointed lobbyists as treasurers of their campaign committees or leadership PACs.

For example, Harold Ickes, a partner at Ickes & Enright Group, is the treasurer of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s (D-N.Y.) campaign committee. Ickes has represented Equitas and Verizon.

Lobbyist Timothy McKeever is the treasurer of Alaska Republican Sen. Ted Stevens’s campaign committee, the Center for Public Integrity reported. McKeever told the group that he does not believe he was hired as a lobbyist because of his work for Stevens.

Several lobbyists work for more than one PAC. William Oldaker, a former general counsel to the Federal Election Commission, is the treasurer for 23 PACs, including the leadership PACs of Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidNevada journalist: Harry Reid will play 'significant role' in Democratic primary The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - A crucial week on impeachment The Hill's Morning Report — Pelosi makes it official: Trump will be impeached MORE and Sens. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Max BaucusMax Sieben BaucusBottom line Overnight Defense: McCain honored in Capitol ceremony | Mattis extends border deployment | Trump to embark on four-country trip after midterms Congress gives McCain the highest honor MORE (D-Mont.).

Republican fundraiser and lobbyist Mark Valente has run 15 PACs since 1998 while he represented clients such as the North American Coal Corp. and glass manufacturer Pilkington North America, according to the report.

Jim Snyder