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In a letter to the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability, Public Citizen asks the board to look into why Horton, whose control of FreshPAC made him one of the mayor’s most powerful supporters, registered as an Exelon lobbyist while also not reporting any lobbying with the District.
“The activity reports show a number of inconsistencies,” the letter reads.
The letter also asks why a pair of other Exelon lobbyists—Tina Ang and former councilmember John Ray—reported several thousand dollars worth of lobbying activity in 2014, only to report little lobbying on Exelon’s behalf in a critical stage of the merger debate. In October, Bowser settled with Exelon and Pepco and agreed to support their merger.
“Lobbying compensation and activity came to a complete halt for all three lobbyists in the second half of 2015,” the report notes.
Ang and Ray didn’t respond to a request for comment. In an email to LL, Horton repeats his claim that he registered as a lobbyist “out of an abundance of caution.” He says his firm was only paid for certain “strategic advisory and other legal matters.”
In a statement, Exelon spokesman Paul Elsberg says the letter amount to “this latest attempt to distract from the enormous benefits” of the merger.
“Out of an abundance of caution, they registered as lobbyists, but their work for us in the end did not qualify as lobbying in the District,” Elsberg writes.
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