Published January 13 2011
Dorgan’s ties to firm amount to $90,000Similar to his Democratic colleague, former North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan will potentially work for special interest groups that previously supported his bids for re-election over the years.
Dorgan was hired by the Washington, D.C., law firm Arent Fox LLP to work as a policy adviser and lobbyist, the firm said Tuesday.
The Forum compared records of campaign contributions Dorgan received between 1998 and 2010 with records of Arent Fox’s clientele during those same years.
The analysis revealed that Dorgan received at least $90,000 from businesses and organizations who were, at one time, Arent Fox clients.
That amounts to about 2.4 percent of all donations Dorgan gained during those years.
Last week, The Forum analyzed the same data for former Rep. Earl Pomeroy and his new employer, Alston & Bird.
Records showed Pomeroy received $584,600 from entities that were once clients of Alston & Bird.
In comparison to Dorgan, that figure amounts to nearly 7 percent of all donations Pomeroy received in the same 13-year span.