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Obscure PAC Man Claims 87 New K Street Clients

Larose also registered American Pharmaceutical Laboratories PAC, similar to the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, which has spent $180 million in the past dozen years. He also has a client named American Furniture Stores PAC, which sounds a lot like the Independent Office Products & Furniture Dealers Association.

“I am very familiar with the office furniture industry, and I have not heard of that,” said Paul Miller, a partner at Miller/Wenhold Capitol Strategies. Miller, who has lobbied on behalf of the furniture industry for more than a decade and is a former president of the American League of Lobbyists, said the situation sounds unbelievable.

“If you sign up 87 new clients — I don’t care if you are Patton Boggs or just one lobbyist — you are going to need a huge team,” he said. “It’s impossible,” Miller added of Larose’s one-lobbyist firm.

The FEC raised similar questions in late 2008 when Larose registered at least 60 PACs in one month. Since then, Larose has answered dozens of letters from the FEC providing Internal Revenue Service employer identification numbers for newly created organizations, a move apparently aimed at convincing the agency that he is serious about his fundraising efforts.

Since registering the organizations back in 2008, Larose’s PACs have yet to collect any funds, according to FEC records. But that does not mean that these groups are not trying to get money.

“There is nothing wrong if the PACs don’t receive any money,” Cater said. “You are just expected to file in accordance with the law.”

In a 2008 phone interview, Larose explained his PAC philosophy. “When you have so many PACs,” he said, “you can contribute more and more to the candidates.”

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