So whatever happened to former Republican legislators Joe Stengel and Lauri Clapp?
The pair resigned from their seats early to allegedly steer clear of provisions in Amendment 41, a constitutional measure passed by voters that would require politicians to take a two-year “cooling off period” before becoming lobbyists.
Democrat Fran Coleman, another former lawmaker, also retired early from her term-limited seat. All three did so before former-Governor Bill Owens signed off on election results, thereby making Amendment 41 official.
And it was a good thing they did. Now the trio of former legislators are working together at the newly formed CSC Public Relations, LLC, and they’re all registered lobbyists. Earlier today, the blog Colorado Pols reported on rumors that the three had joined forces at a new firm. Government records show the gossip to be true, with Coleman serving as the registered agent for CSC Public Relations, which was formed early last week.
A list of clients doesn’t seem to be available yet, but the firm is sharing offices with Axiom Strategies, Inc, a well-known lobbying and political consulting business.