Former Representative Ron Klein (D-Fla.) has registered with Congress as a federal lobbyist at Holland & Knight for the first time since he left congressional lobbying rolls in February 2012 amid controversy.
Klein, a Holland & Knight partner who maintains offices in Florida and in Washington, in January 2012 registered as a lobbyist for Spirit Airlines Inc. while he was a bundler for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign. Obama had pledged not to accept donations from federally registered lobbyists.
Following news reports about Klein's registration, Holland & Knight filed paperwork with Congress saying he wasn't a lobbyist for the Florida-based airline. Klein helped raise between $200,000 and $500,000 for Obama's re-election, the president's campaign website shows.
Klein told NBC News in February 2012 that his registration for Spirit was a colleague's "clerical error." In the interview then, Klein said: "I'm not a lobbyist."
Klein is handling the account with public affairs adviser Paolo Mastrangelo. The former congressman wasn't immediately available for comment.
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