Lobbyist whose wife rented to Pruitt steps down

By: Timothy Cama and Megan R. Wilson, The Hill, April 20, 2018

A lobbyist whose wife rented a condo to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt is stepping down from his firm.

J. Steven Hart, a chairman and former CEO of Williams & Jensen, had been planning to retire in November, but said the controversy surrounding the Pruitt rental — and the ensuing “fake news” — spurred him to leave faster than he had anticipated.

“Considering the last couple of weeks, I think it is easier on my family and the firm to expedite my departure,” Hart wrote to family and friends Friday.

On Thursday, the Campaign for Accountability filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission, alleging that Sen. Mike Crapo’s (R-Idaho) election campaign held fundraisers at the condo without paying the owners, in violation of campaign finance laws.

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