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Don't call him a lobbyist (yet)



Housephotooriginal1545 As a former lawmaker who was termed out in 2006, ex-Rep. Ron Greenstein is barred from lobbying the House for two years. So why is he listed as one of 14 contract lobbyists employed by the Florida Retail Federation on the powerhouse group's website?

That's a mistake, says John Rogers, the retail lobby's general counsel. Greenstein was hired to advise the federation on Democratic House primary races in the 2008 cycle, not to lobby his former colleagues.

"That's coming down," Greenstein said when told of his listing on the site. "I'm just a consultant to them." Greenstein represented a Northwest Broward district for eight years and also is a part-time House employee through May 2008, working with the Democratic caucus. (Frank Terrafirma advises the group on GOP races).

UPDATE: The retail federation updated its website Nov. 8, removing Greenstein from its list of contract lobbyists.


[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:26am]


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