April 08, 2019

Wyden Calls for Investigation into Bernhardt and Law Firm Over Apparent Unreported Lobbying

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today requested that the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia thoroughly investigate potential civil and criminal violations of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 (LDA) by Department of the Interior Secretary nominee David Bernhardt, as well as his former lobbying firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck (Brownstein).

Wyden’s request follows public reports that indicate Bernhardt may have engaged in lobbying activities, including multiple direct lobbying contacts, after deregistering as a lobbyist for Brownstein in November 2016.

“Add these troubling allegations to the long list of reasons why the nomination of David Bernhardt should be stopped, or at minimum delayed, until the Senate and the American people get all of the facts,” said Wyden. “I’m requesting an investigation because of the serious legal questions that remain unanswered.”

A copy of Wyden’s letter to U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Jessie K. Lu can be found here.