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Thurman's lobbying



Karen Thurman isn't the first state Democratic chair with a side gig lobbying, but one of the biggest critics of her handling of the primary controversy is now raising more questions about Thurman's lobbying activities. She's already taken some heat for earning $3,500 per month helping former state GOP Chairman Al Cardenas lobby on behalf of Miami-Dade.

Now, Democratic state committeeman George Maurer has sent a memo to Democrats criticizing Thurman for lobbying for eAppeals, a firm the helps appeal denied health care claims. Federal records show that eAppels has paid Thurman at least $160,000 (and $110,000 to former Democratic Rep. Ron Klink of Pennsylvania) since 2005, the year Thurman took the $100,000-a-year job as party chair.

Wrote Maurer: "I have some problem with my FDP Chair working simultaneously as a paid  lobbyist and FDP Chair.  I have a  bigger problem with my FDP Chair never having disclosed same to me and finding  out about it via a newspaper article.  ... In  all due respect, I submit that Ms. Thurman’s chores as a lobbyist are in  conflict with her chores as FDP Chair."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:18am]


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