Former Sen. Norm Coleman has a new gig with a Washington lobbying shop.
Coleman has signed on as a senior government adviser with Hogan Lovells, a law firm that received just under $17 million in 2010 from lobbying clients, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.
Coleman, who was CEO of the conservative “action tank” American Action Network since 2010, will now serve as chairman of that organization.
The group, which spent more than $25 million against Democrats in the 2010 cycle, will not hire a new CEO, spokesman Jim Landry said, and will instead have the president report to the chairman and board.
Coleman is not registered as a lobbyist, and it’s unclear if he will in his new position. Hogan Lovells’ biggest lobbying clients are Nissan North America and the Housing Finance Alliance, which both paid the firm more than $1 million in 2010.
Hogan Lovells’ political action committee gave more money to Democrats than Republicans in the 2010 cycle, according to CRP, including $3,000 to then-Rep. Jim Oberstar and $1,000 each to Republican Rep. John Kline, Democratic Rep. Rep. Collin Peterson and Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
While Coleman has said he may not be done with running for elected office, he also made clear he won’t run against Klobuchar for Senate in 2012.
Gov. Mark Dayton, speaking to a mostly Republican audience at the annual Minnesota Business Partnership dinner, repeated his familiar attack on the House GOP, blaming them for a legislative impasse on transportation.