Second staffer for speaker of N.C. House leaves due to lobbyist involvement

Speaker Thom Tillis has lost a second staffer due to a romantic involvement with a state lobbyist, mere days after Buncombe County’s Charles Thomas, former chief of staff for Tillis, resigned due to an affair with a homebuilders’ association lobbyist. The News & Observer reports that the new disclosure involves Amy Hobbs, a policy analyst, and Dean Plunkett, a lobbyist who represents several clients in the state legislature. Tillis, while still looking into the disclosures, was quoted as saying, “I think it will be very apparent that these organizations received no special treatment.”

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  1. Barry Summers


    This newest staffer who resigned is a former lobbyist herself, for McGuireWoods, the giant firm which among other things, has been lobbying Tim Moffitt’s privatization committee to institute a statewide privatization effort for everything including public water utilities.

    McGuireWoods Raleigh office/Amy Hobbs:

    McGuireWoods/ALEC connection:

    Note how the McGuireWoods NC staff list is the same there, minus Amy Hobbs, who had just gone to work for Tillis, who was about to be crowned ALEC’s “Legislator of the Year”:

    McGuireWoods privatization proposal made to Moffitt’s PPP committee: 2 – 1.10.12/1.10.12 – Christopher Lloyd Presentation.pdf

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