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K Street Files: Skeptics Query Timing of Job Negotiation Disclosures

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Emerson did not disclose her job negotiations until a few days they began.

“When you’re talking about a serious position and compensation related to that position, they’re supposed to be filed,” said lobbying and ethics expert Ken Gross, a partner with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom. “You can’t avoid it by having a headhunter or a lawyer negotiate on your behalf.”

Other members who have filed recent forms include Sen. Richard G. Lugar, R-Ind., who lost his bid for re-election earlier this year. He has disclosed job talks with Georgetown University, the speakers bureau Keppler Associates Inc., the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the University of Indianapolis. On Friday, he announced an affiliation, which includes teaching, at the Indianapolis college.

Retiring Rep. Dan Boren, D-Okla., filed a disclosure in June that he was in negotiations with the Chickasaw Nation. He announced that same month that he would become the tribe’s president of corporate development after leaving the Hill.

Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, D-Ohio, also disclosed in late August that he has been in negotiations with the Keppler Speakers Bureau.

Despite the intent behind the rules, Holman said, “We really don’t have any prior knowledge of the negotiations.”

K Street Moves

The new Internet Association has uploaded Gina Grandinetti Woodworth as its vice president of public policy and government affairs. The group’s members include Facebook, Google, Amazon.com, Yahoo, eBay, LinkedIn and AOL.

Woodworth most recently was senior director of federal government affairs for the video game lobby Entertainment Software Association. She was also staff director of the Senate High Tech Task Force.

“I am proud of the bipartisan team we are building,” said IA president and CEO Michael Beckerman. “We have a strong group who are all dedicated to protecting Internet freedom. We are still growing, and I look forward to adding more great people to our team in the next year.”

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