WASHINGTON — Former Sen. John Breaux, D-La., said Tuesday (Sept. 9, 2014) that he and his partner Trent Lott are doing no lobbying for Gazprombank, the Russian bank hit with sanctions by the Obama administration over Russian intervention in Ukraine.
Breaux said he and Lott, the former Republican Senate majority leader, were asked by their firm’s Russian office to determine whether Congress might take any action related to Gazprombank. Breaux said that he checked with a congressional staffer, and Lott, the former Senate majority leader, checked with his sources and didn’t learn of any contemplated actions.
“We don’t know what Congress is going to do,” Breaux said.
He said that he and Lott, who are senior lobbyists for the powerhouse lobbying and law firm, Squire Patton Boggs, filed a lobbying disclosure form “out of an abundance of caution,” even though he they didn’t do any lobbying for the Russian bank. He said the pair was asked to make an inquiry by the Moscow office of Squire Patton Boggs, which does energy-related work in the former Soviet Union.