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Monday, February 8, 2016

Former AG Dustin McDaniel registers as Arkansas lobbyist, becomes DC attorney

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click to enlarge MOVING ON UP: Dustin McDaniel, shown here in a 2011 file photo, is now registered to practice law in DC. - BRIAN CHILSON
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  • MOVING ON UP: Dustin McDaniel, shown here in a 2011 file photo, is now registered to practice law in DC.

Dustin McDaniel,
the former Arkansas attorney general and erstwhile Democratic gubernatorial candidate, announced today that his private practice of McDaniel, Richardson and Calhoun, PLLC is registering with the Arkansas Ethics Commission as a lobbying firm .

McDaniel was also sworn in as a member of the bar of the District of Columbia today, meaning he can now practice law in Washington. 

"Today [McDaniel's] practice expands both to the District of Columbia and to a policy advocacy practice in his home state of Arkansas," the release states. It also notes the one-year "cooling off period" preventing elected officials from immediately transitioning from public office to the lobbying world:

The Attorney General is prohibited by law from representing clients in a lobbyist capacity in the state of Arkansas for one year from the time he or she leaves office. The same ban applied to Scott Richardson and Bart Calhoun, firm partners and former Assistant Attorneys General. That time has now expired.

McDaniel's last day as AG was January 13, 2015. That means he waited a little more than three weeks after the period expired before becoming a lobbyist.

The release says the registration form filed with the Ethics Commission lists the following as early clients:

AT&T, Acxiom, XCaliber Tobacco International, Inc., Facebook, Jacksonville/North Pulaski School District, ADT, Inc., Cigna Insurance, Yelp, Capital Car Service, LLC, and Calhoun Farms.

Perhaps this McDaniel quote from the release is also worth noting:

"With the Arkansas Legislature's Fiscal Session approaching, we know many issues will need immediate attention."


In other news, Democratic and Republican party officials around the country remain baffled at the totally inexplicable anti-establishment sentiment of voters this election cycle.

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