Lobbyist DuVal’s Failure to Register

Lobbyist DuVal’s Failure to Register

Washington Insider Has Established Track Record of Disregarding Rules and Law

PHOENIX – The Arizona Republican Party today is reminding voters of gubernatorial candidate Fred DuVal’s failure to register as a lobbyist in states across the country.  His unwillingness to adhere to the multiple state laws should be of great concern to all Arizonans.

“Fred DuVal clearly understands that a career lobbyist is not the kind of person voters are looking for to elect as chief executive of our state, and that’s why his campaign tactic has been to either hide his lobbying activity or refuse to register himself as a lobbyist when he should have,” said Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party.

Fred DuVal’s Hidden Lobbying History:

DuVal’s Own LinkedIn Profile Lists 17 Years Of Lobbying History. (Website, Fred DuVal’s LinkedIn Profile, Accessed 9/17/14)

  • With His Political Patron Having Moved On, DuVal Turned To Lobbying. “DuVal struck out on his own after Babbitt left office.  In the late 1980s, he joined a lobbying firm with a cast of characters still known today as heavyweights in the political arena – Chuck Coughlin, Kevin DeMenna, Jason Rose, Robert Robb and others.” (Jeremy Duda, “DuVal Grew Up With Public Service,” Arizona Capitol Times, 9/26/14)
  • After The Clinton Administration, DuVal Went Back To Lobbying. “And once he left the Clinton administration, DuVal said [his] style again served him well as a lobbyist.” (Jeremy Duda, “DuVal Grew Up With Public Service,” Arizona Capitol Times, 9/26/14)
  • And When Elected Office Didn’t Work Out, DuVal Once Again Turned To Lobbying. “After his 2002 campaign, DuVal worked as a lobbyist…” (Jeremy Duda, “DuVal Grew Up With Public Service,” Arizona Capitol Times, 9/26/14)

Fred DuVal Lobbied In 25 States And Was Paid $580,000 From 2001-2005. “You were identified as working in 25 states attempting to influence governors on bond sales.  We also know you were under contract with UBS from 2001-2005 and were paid $580K during this time.” (Press Release, “AZGOP Chairman Asks Democrat Nominee For Governor About Lobbying Career,” Arizona Republican Party, 8/27/14)

  • “And now [Former Gov. Bill] Richardson’s name has been injected into the gubernatorial race in Arizona in an effort to tar the Democratic candidate there.  That candidate, Fred DuVal, was a director of a Richardson PAC in 2004.  At the time, he also helped arrange for a Swiss banking firm to get state bond work – a deal that was part of a federal grand jury investigation looking at alleged pay-to-play schemes during Richardson’s tenure as governor.” (Steve Terrell, “Richardson Pay-To-Play Scandal Haunts Dem Seeking Arizona’s Top State Job,” Santa Fe New Mexican, 10/1/14)

Not In One State Was DuVal Registered As A Lobbyist During This Time. “We also know that you didn’t register as a lobbyist in any of these states, despite clear language in the laws saying you should have.” (Press Release, “Many Questions, Too Few Answers About Lobbyist Fred DuVal and His Undisclosed History,” Arizona Republican Party, 8/28/14)

  • “But Republicans are quick to point out that the Democrat’s consulting work looks and sounds a lot like lobbying itself.  From 2001 to 2005, DuVal’s firm did work in 25 states to help secure bonds.  All of which might be unremarkable, except DuVal was never registered as a lobbyist in several states with tough lobbying regulations.  Some of those states require those who incur minimal expenses while working to influence public officials – in Kansas, it’s more than $40 on a meal, for instance – to register as lobbyists.” (Michael Warren, “Arizona Democrat Decries Lobbying, Worked As Lobbyist,” The Weekly Standard, 9/29/14)

There Were Seven States That Were Identified Where DuVal Probably Should Have Registered As A Lobbyist.           

Three Of The States Had Limits On Gifts Requiring Registration. (Press Release, “Many Questions, Too Few Answers About Lobbyist Fred DuVal And His Undisclosed History,” Arizona Republican Party, 8/28/14)

  • Kansas: If you spend $40 on a meal you must register as a lobbyist.
  • Missouri: Threshold is $50
  • Maryland: Threshold $100

DuVal Spent Close To $24,000 In Expenses As A Lobbyist For UBS. “How is it that – while lobbying for bond sales in these three states – you never incurred even a minimal expense that would have triggered registration?  After all, you charged UBS nearly $24,000 for “expenses” involved in your lobbying.” (Press Release, “Many Questions, Too Few Answers About Lobbyist Fred DuVal And His Undisclosed History,” Arizona Republican Party, 8/28/14)

  • DuVal Claims He Wants To Crack Down On Lobbyists. “A complete ban on accepting gifts from lobbyists or companies and individuals with financial interests before the government … Closing the loophole that allows “professional lobbyists” to influence legislators without registering as lobbyists.” (Website, Fred 2014, Accessed 9/18/2014)