Rep.-elect Krisi Noem (R-SD) selected Jordon Stoick as her chief of staff. Stoick is a vice president at the lobbying firm Direct Impact. Direct Impact also specializes in building public support for corporate causes, boasting on its website that it once generated hundreds of letters to the FCC on behalf of the telecom industry [Lee Fang, "At Least 13 New Republican Members Of Congress Hire Corporate Lobbyists To Manage Their Office," Think Progress, 2010.12.09].
So that's how Stoick paid for that million-dollar mansion.
During the campaign, Noem said that we couldn't trust a Congresswoman who was married to one of those dirty-bird lobbyists. "“Legislating and lobbying simply should not mix in the same household,” Noem said. “It is a recipe for conflicts of interest and possibly even corruption.” But mixing legislating and lobbying in the office we pay for is apparently fine. And Noem is already meeting with lobbyists to help her set her corporate agenda.
I knew Kristi would be great for blogging. The headlines almost write themselves.