Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Former Democratic party chairman in second stint as Maximus lobbyist

In the March 10 Turner Report, it was noted that former Democratic Party Chairman Eugene Bushmann was the new lobbyist for Maximus, Inc.
A further review of Missouri Ethics Commission records indicates this is Bushmann's second stint as the chief representative for the Virginia-based company, which makes its money off state and local governments that are privatizing services.
Bushmann represented the company from 2001 through Dec. 31, 2006, the documents indicate. During that time, he had a handful of clients, including for a brief time Enron.
On the last day of the year, the records indicate, he withdrew from lobbying. He returned again on Feb. 28 to resume his duties as a lobbyist, this time for just one client, Maximus, Inc.
As previously noted in The Turner Report, Maximus, Inc., which does business with Kansas City's municipal government with the St. Louis public school district, is under investigation by a grand jury in Washington, D. C. for allegedly bilking that city ouot of tens of millions of dollars. The company has also ran into numerous problems in other states, including Illinois and Wisconsin.

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