Ashcroft Moves to K Street:


Former attorney general John Ashcroft has relocated to K Street with a new career as a top Washington lobbyist specializing in homeland security firms and corporate accountability. According to the New York Times, Ashcroft has assembled a “talented team” of “Republican insiders” to tackle the expanding lobbying enterprise for firms seeking homeland security contracts. Ashcroft uses the phrase, “I’ve been at the heart of the war on terror,” as his sale pitch to explain why he can get big contracts for security firms. One of his more prominent clients is ChoicePoint, “a broker of consumer data” that “received millions of dollars in contracts from the Justice Department” during Ashcroft’s tenure as attorney general.