Bill Young's ties to defense lobbyist questioned
U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Indian Shores, is named in a new Center for Public Integrity report that finds questionable ties between lawmakers, defense contractors and lobbyists.
"Young’s 'network' analyzed by the Center included three former staffers representing one defense contractor each. Former Young legislative aide Bryan Blom is a government relations manager for Van Scoyoc Associates Inc., the self-described 'largest independent lobbying firm in Washington, D.C.' His company biography boasts that he 'fully grasps the federal funding process, having worked for a senior appropriator.'
"Perhaps this is why defense contracting behemoth SAIC retained his services. In 2008, the company received a pair of earmarks from Young, totaling $4.4 million for battlefield sensor netting and bioterrorism detection systems. Young got $20,500 from SAIC’s PAC and $2,250 from the company’s leadership. Van Scoyoc Associates told the Center that Blom himself has never lobbied Young or his staff on any issue."