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David Jolly pushes to ban lobbyists' political donations like $16K he gave when registered

U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Indian Shores, has built his bid for the Senate around campaign finance reforms. But as a lobbyist five years ago, he did some of what he now says should be illegal.

In a debate two weeks ago with U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, Jolly said lobbyists should not be allowed to give money to members of Congress that they're trying to persuade on behalf of clients.

"If you're a registered lobbyist who has declared you are lobbying the banking committee, then you can't contribute to anybody who sits on the banking committee," he said. "We could do that by an act of Congress today."

From 2007 to 2011, federal election records show Jolly personally gave $16,050 to members of the House and Senate appropriations committees. At the same time, he advocated for various clients — including defense contractor STS International, Florida Keys Community College and BayCare Health System — on budget issues before those same committees.

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[Last modified: Thursday, May 12, 2016 3:54pm]


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