The Post reports on several defense company earmarks with links to Rep. Peter Visclosky.
In rapid succession, the three-employee technology firm, NanoSonix, filed its incorporation papers in Skokie, Ill., and hired a Washington lobbying firm, K&L Gates, which boasted to clients of its close relationship with Visclosky. A week later, Visclosky wrote a letter of support for a $2.4 million earmark for NanoSonix from the House Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee.
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K&L Gates used its relationship with Visclosky as a marketing tool, a document obtained by The Washington Post reveals. “We also have a very good relationship with Representative Peter Visclosky, chairman of the House Energy and Water appropriations subcommittee and third ranking member on the defense appropriations committee,” lobbyist Edward C. Olivares, a former Army Special Forces officer, wrote to a potential client in early 2007, soon after Democrats took control of the House. “We can ensure that Mr. Visclosky has visibility of this important project when funding is debated.”