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Coats assailed for lobbying clients

Coats assailed for lobbying clients

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 31, 2010 at 5:30 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 31 at 12:40 AM

If the Indiana Democratic Party has its way, the road back to the U.S. Senate for Indiana's Dan Coats has to go through all of the clients his lobbying firms have represented, including the terrorist hotbed country of Yemen.

A new web video uses a phone interview in which Coats defends his past clients, saying all were American.

The party, however, includes clients that Coats may not have personally engaged, but for whom his lobbying firms have done business, notably Yemen and the release of "six suspected Yemeni terrorists from Guantanamo Bay Detention Center in Cuba."

“After seeing the outrageous hypocrisy of Dan Coats’ first TV ad, you wouldn't think it could get much worse. But now we learn that while one of his firms was working to release six suspected Yemeni terrorists from Guantanamo, the other was being paid by the terrorist haven to lobby our government,” said Indiana Democratic Party Chair, Dan Parker.  “He has told Hoosiers on numerous occasions that he 'makes no excuses' for his firm’s clients, but with a nation like Yemen as a client, it seems that Dan Coats’ moral compass needs some alignment.”
 

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