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The Breaux-Lott Leadership Group didn’t open its office doors until Jan. 7, but that didn’t keep the clients from knocking. On Jan. 1, less than two weeks after Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) left the Senate, the firm began lobbying for AT&T on net neutrality and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Lott and his partner, former Sen. John Breaux (D-La.), join a roster of lobbying firms seeking to protect telecom companies from lawsuits alleging that the companies violated their customers’ privacy by cooperating with secret government surveillance. (AT&T already works with BKSH Associates and Quinn Gillespie & Associates.) AT&T has been fond of Lott in the past. The company was his fourth-largest campaign donor, contributing $42,500 to his Senate campaigns, according to OpenSecrets.org. Lott didn’t respond to calls last week, but as a member of the Senate he wasn’t so quiet. Shortly before the August recess last year, he declared that Democrats’ refusal to approve greater surveillance might mean “disaster could be on our doorstep.” But don’t expect Lott to be scheduling meetings with any of his former colleagues soon: He’s barred from lobbying the Senate for at least a year. The firm could always send his son Chett as a substitute, however.
Jeff Horwitz can be contacted at [email protected].

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