November 3, 2014
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Attorney General seeking limits on lobbying by former staffers after critical New York Times story

Attorney General Bob Ferguson is defending his office -- and researching new restrictions -- after he and his predecessor, Rob McKenna, were included in a national New York Times investigation.

Ferguson and McKenna, along with other attorneys general across the nation, were listed as being part of what the newspaper suggested were too-cozy relationships between current AGs and former members of the office, as well as political fundraising at businesses being targeted by the AG.

While Ferguson defended the independence of his office, he has also directed his staff to look at laws to restrict lobbying by former employees, The Seattle Times reports.



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