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Pete Robinson, ‘inactive’ lobbyist: $320,000+


Former Georgia legislator Pete Robinson put his lobbying clients on hold this month when he joined Gov.-elect Nathan Deal’s transition team. Those clients paid at least $320,000 (probably much more) for his services in 2010, state records show.

That sum represents the amount paid to Troutman Sanders Strategies. Robinson, as chairman of the firm, receives an undisclosed portion of that sum.

Federal law requires quarterly disclosures of lobbyists’ income, but the Ethics in Government Act in Georgia — where Robinson does his business — only calls for an annual report that notes whether the client paid more than $10,000.

Robinson registered this year as a lobbyist for 32 clients, all of whom paid at least $10,000 for his services. Thirty remained on his client list Nov. 3, the day after the general election, when he dropped them all to join Deal’s transition team. They are:

  • Aflac
  • American Concrete Pipe Association
  • American Lawyer Media Inc.
  • Association of Professional Tax Services
  • Camp Dresser & McKee Inc. (construction & engineering)
  • Cancer Treatment Centers of America
  • Center for Civil and Human Rights
  • Cigna Healthcare of Georgia (insurance)
  • Citigroup Management Corp. (banking)
  • Coca-Cola Co.
  • Foley Products Co. (precast concrete)
  • General Electric Co.
  • General Motors LLC
  • Georgia Crown Distributing Co. (liquor distributor)
  • Georgia Press Association
  • Government Tax Solutions Inc. (tax collections)
  • Home Builders Association of Georgia
  • Lender Processing Services Inc. (mortgage services)
  • Medco Health Solutions (pharmacy, medical supplies)
  • Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. (pharmaceuticals)
  • Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
  • Primerica Financial Services Home Mortgages
  • Prudential Financial Inc.
  • Recording Industry Association of America
  • Synovus Financial Corp. (banking)
  • Total System Services Inc. (electronic financial transactions)
  • Troutman Sanders Strategies
  • Underground Atlanta
  • Verizon Wireless
  • Youth Services International Inc. (juvenile justice)

Robinson is unsure when he will return to lobbying, Troutman Sanders spokesman said.

Robinson also sits on the boards of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the foundation set up to benefit Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville.

He served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1985-90 and in the state Senate, where he eventually became president pro tem, from 1991-94.

Gov.-elect Deal served in the Senate from 1981-92 before his election to Congress.





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One Response to “Pete Robinson, ‘inactive’ lobbyist: $320,000+”

  1. tom watson says:

    Georgia Press Association has a lobbyist? So when’s he going to work a better state freedom of information act, one that like, puts legislators’ records in the public domain?