The Planned Parenthood Federation of America is a client of King & Spalding, the firm that hired former Indiana senator and current Republican senatorial candidate Dan Coats to co-chair its Government Relations group, TAS has learned. This financial disclosure form has been making the rounds in the run-up to Tuesday’s primary.
It is important to note that this doesn’t mean Coats — who has been endorsed by James Dobson and shares the Indiana Right to Life endorsement with four of the five Republican candidates — personally lobbied or did any work for Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. D.C. lobbying efforts tend to be bipartisan affairs. Coats’ name is not listed on any of the lobbying disclosure forms pertaining to Planned Parenthood.
But there’s a reason the revolving door from electoral politics to lobbying usually spins just one way: it’s a business that puts you in close proximity to interests that are very different from the ones you’d represent as an elected official. (Staffers are obviously a different story.) Coats has already been criticized for opposing bailouts after his firm lobbied for TARP funds for Chrysler’s parent company, work he had some personal involvement in. Coats compiled a pro-life voting record in the U.S. Senate.