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Aide Got $1.9M Buyout

In addition, Shockey was paid more than $140,000 by the Appropriations Committee in 2005, according to House financial records.

Based on the data released by his attorneys, Shockey’s gross revenue at Copeland Lowery jumped from about $1.7 million in 2004 and was projected to reach about $3 million in 2005 if he had stayed there for the full year.

“Certainly he was on a revenue-based incentive package,” said one of his attorneys.

Shockey benefited from a big increase in payments made by his former clients to Copeland Lowery after he left the firm in January 2005 and joined the Appropriations Committee staff. Earlier in his career, Shockey previously worked for Lewis from 1991 to 1999.

On a financial disclosure form filed by Shockey when he assumed the role of deputy chief of staff at Appropriations, he listed 49 lobbying clients, including dozens of California municipalities, as well as some defense contractors.

Research by Roll Call found that many of these clients boosted the fees paid to Copeland Lowery in 2005, in some cases doubling the amount paid in the previous years.

Typical of this pattern was Anteon Corp., a defense contractor located in Fairfax, Va. Shockey and Copeland Lowery registered to lobby for Anteon in Dec. 2002. Anteon never paid Copeland Lowery more than $10,000 for lobbying during the six-month reporting periods covering all of 2003 and the first half of 2004, according to lobbying disclosure reports filed with the Clerk of the House.

But in the second half of 2004, when Lewis was embroiled in a three-way battle to become chairman of the Appropriations panel, Anteon reported spending $40,000 on lobbying. With Shockey now working for the committee, Anteon paid Copeland Lowery $160,000 for all of 2005 — more than tripling the fees from the previous year.

San Bernadino County, a Copeland Lowery client that has been subpoenaed by the federal grand jury in the Lewis probe, paid the firm less than $10,000 in the first half of 2004. But the county’s lobbying fees jumped to $60,000 in the second half of that year and rose to $100,000 during the first half of 2005. Copeland Lowery received another $60,000 for the second half of last year from the county.

The Cal State University San Bernadino Foundation paid Copeland Lowery $80,000 in 2004. That total increased to $120,000 in 2005. The foundation has been subpoenaed by the federal grand jury as well, its attorney said recently.

A spokesman for Copeland Lowery did not address the question of whether increased payments to the firm in 2005 from Shockey’s former clients were in any way related to his position on the Appropriations panel.

“The amount of the practice buyout of Mr. Shockey was directly derived from the revenue he was responsible for in 2004,” said Patrick Dorton, the spokesman. Dorton declined to comment further.

An Appropriations Committee source said that Shockey does no work on earmarks, or “Member projects” at the panel refers to them, and thus could not have benefitted his former clients through his position on the panel.

“He is not involved in the decision-making process on Member projects,” said the staffer, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “It’s not in Jeff’s job description.”

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