“This is a Mississippi state firm. It just does small things, like economic development,” Chet Lott, the senator’s son who is also working at the firm, told The Hill. “Whenever he has to make a call federally, we register. We are just following the letter of the law.”
Chet Lott also said the former Republican senator’s main focus is still on the Breaux-Lott Leadership Group. That firm, created in January 2008 with former Sen. John Breaux (D-La.), has been a success already. Breaux-Lott Leadership Group has earned more than $16 million in lobbying fees so far and has assembled an impressive client roster that includes Chevron, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and Raytheon, according to lobbying disclosure records.
Lott created Lott Leadership soon after leaving the Senate at the end of 2007 and heading to K Street to partner with Breaux at their new firm. Mississippi business records list him as the sole registered agent for the Jackson, Miss.-based company, created on Feb. 22, 2008.
Further, Lott has registered as a lobbyist in Mississippi this year, according to state records. The ex-senator is working the Mississippi Legislature on behalf of Altria, the world’s largest cigarette maker.