Must Read: Armstrong lobbyist targeted Novitzky

The Wall Street Journal reports that a Washington-based lobbying firm was hired in 2010 to target FDA agent Jeff Novitzky

Armstrong Lobbying Targeted Investigator — The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday night that representatives for Lance Armstrong hired a lobbyist in 2010 to target a federal investigator working on his case.

“Kent Caperton, principal of the Ben Barnes Group, said in an interview that his firm was hired in July 2010 on Mr. Armstrong’s behalf for a lobbying effort aimed, in part, at raising concerns about Jeff Novitzky, a Food and Drug Administration special agent who was leading the investigation into Mr. Armstrong’s U.S. Postal Service cycling team,” wrotes Reed Albergotti. “Mr. Caperton said the firm worked for Mr. Armstrong for about three months, but, after arranging meetings on Capitol Hill, decided a full-scale lobbying effort wouldn’t have worked. ‘There was no congressional path forward,’ he said.”

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