The locks had barely been changed in the Governor’s office when Jay Nixon and his team of attorneys began the process of changing the guard of the lobbyists on High Street.
Companies had already received calls that it was in their best interest to hire more “diverse” lobbyists. Lobbyists that leaned more to the right side of the political philosophy were asked to hire “connected” governmental affairs specialists to guide them through the perilous maze of a Democrat governor.
Nowhere has that been better seen than the new lobbyist for Monsanto. For eight years, Monsanto has utilized the services of Travis Brown. In fact, Brown began his lobbying career as an employee for Monsanto . Mr. Brown has most recently been known as Rex Sinquefeld’s representative in all fields dealing with conservative causes. One would think that Travis would have no problem retaining his client, Monsanto. Especially since he is so close to GOP lawmakers. Generally, that would be correct — except when the new Governor’s directives must be met.
Monsanto is in line to receive millions of dollars in tax credits this year. Is it any coincidence that their former attorney, Linda Martinez, was appointed to the agency that doles out these same tax credits at the same time that Monsanto was announcing that they ditched their lobbyist with conservative connections for the Governor’s former attorney, Chuck Hatfield.
Watch for more on Nixon’s High Street Project and how favors are exchanged.
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