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Solutions Worldwide, which is under scrutiny for using access to Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pa.) to help clients, hired a politically connected D.C. lobby shop to work on its behalf in 2005. The company, owned by Weldon’s daughter Karen, hired then-Majority Leader Tom DeLay’s former deputy chief of staff, William Jarrell, and lobbyist Jennifer Johnson Calvert to lobby on budget, aerospace, and defense issues. Solutions Worldwide, formerly known as Solutions North America Inc., paid Jarrell and Calvert’s Washington Strategies $40,000 between March and December of 2005. Although law firms and lobby shops can register on behalf of their clients, they must disclose where their retainers come from. According to Senate disclosure forms, Solutions Worldwide, and not one of their clients, paid the lobbying retainer. The company should have listed the name of the client on the disclosure form. Jarrell and Calvert did not return calls. Solutions Worldwide has offices in Media, Pa., and on Connecticut Avenue Northwest in Washington. Karen Weldon and her business partner Charles Sexton Jr., a longtime supporter of the senior Weldon, had at least one client with interest in aviation and defense issues, Saratov Aviation Plant. Sexton registered in 2003 with the Senate to lobby on behalf of Saratov Aviation Plant. Weldon registered in 2004 with the Department of Justice to lobby for Saratov Aviation Plant, as well. Karen Weldon and Sexton also registered with the Department of Justice to lobby for the Itera International Energy Corp., a Russian energy company, and the Karic Foundation. Weldon, Karen Weldon, and Sexton did not return calls. Karen Weldon and Sexton first came under scrutiny after the Los Angeles Times reported in 2004 that Weldon had used her father’s political ties to secure almost $1 million in contracts from companies. After Tuesday’s raids on four residences in Philadelphia — including those of Karen Weldon and Sexton — and two in Florida, Rep. Weldon protested that the investigation was politically motivated, saying it comes long after the House Ethics Committee investigated the allegations in 2004.
Anna Palmer can be contacted at [email protected].

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