The revolving door between the government and lobbying

The revolving door between the Colorado government and the world of lobbying had barely stopped spinning when the Governor's right hand man went back through to his old lobbying firm.

DENVER - The revolving door between the Colorado government and the world of lobbying had barely stopped spinning when the Governor's right hand man went back through to his old lobbying firm. Which now holds a rich new contract to lobby for the Governor.

Chief of Staff Doug Friednash is leaving his current position to work in the private sector for the law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, according to a news release. 

ORIGINAL STORYHickenlooper's chief of staff leaves for private sector

Here how it all worked:

Meet Doug. (Friednash)

Doug is a lobbyist at a powerful law firm.

Doug lobbied the government.

And gave money to Governor Hickenlooper.

The Governor gave Doug a job as his right hand man.

Then the Governor's office hired Doug's old firm to lobby for the state.

Last week, Doug left.

To go where? You guessed it.

Back to Doug's old lobbying firm.

Which still holds that lucrative contract.

And, Colorado law says it's all perfectly legal.

After the news outlet IBTimes reported on the revolving door deal, the Governor's office and Doug Friednash's law firm announced today they won't renew the lobbying deal when it expires early next year.

Patrick Meyers, a former owner of Smashburger and Quizno’s, will take over the chief of staff role. 

Friednash is the latest high-profile departure from Hickenlooper’s administration. The chief of the Colorado Department of Transportation announced he was stepping down in October, and Ellen Golombek, the executive director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, left for an “opportunity with a national workforce advocacy agency” in September.  

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