Trump-linked lobbyist holding fundraiser for House Democrat

A Florida lobbyist who previously lobbied for President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s businesses in Florida and served as a top donor to his 2016 presidential campaign will appear at an upcoming fundraiser for a Democratic congressman.

Politico reported Tuesday that Brian Ballard and several members of his lobbying firm will attend an upcoming fundraising event for Rep. Ted DeutchTheodore (Ted) Eliot DeutchHouse members race to prepare for first-ever remote votes Judge rules Florida can’t block felons from registering to vote because of unpaid fines Trump taps members of Congress to advise on reopening MORE (D-Fla.), a centrist Democrat who endorsed Trump’s opponent, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE (D), for president in 2016.

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Ballard along with several associates will host the event at a steakhouse in Washington, D.C. according to Politico and was said by one of the event’s other organizers to be likely to host future events for the Democratic congressman.

“Congressman Deutch is a reasonable, pragmatic, thoughtful representative,” former Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.) told Politico. “He’s a loyal Democrat, but he takes great pride in reaching across the aisle whenever possible.”

“The approach of the firm is to be a bipartisan firm,” he added of Ballard’s lobbying group.

Ballard Partners previously worked with the Trump Organization in the state prior to the president’s 2016 election victory, and now serves clients such as Amazon, Boeing, and Uber according to Politico.

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