Let’s get this right. The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee has close family members lobbying defense contractors? The very companies who would most like to get on the good side of the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee? How on earth is this legal? Oh – sorry – nearly forgot. We’re talking about Congress here.
Buck McKeon’s family is getting into the defense lobbying game.
A firm run by the California Republican’s brother and nephews has landed five lobbying clients, according to newly filed disclosure forms. Each one lists “defense” as an issue area.
As chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, McKeon has major influence over the Pentagon’s annual spending plan — not to mention a last name recognizable to almost anyone in the defense industry. So, the congressman says he’s trying to avoid even the perception of any conflict of interest.