WI Governor’s Office Considered Giving Mining Lobbyist DNR Job

Mining Lobbyist Considered for WI DNR Job

Gov. Scott Walker’s staff considered making a lobbyist for a company seeking to dig an iron mine in Wisconsin the state Department of Natural Resources’ deputy secretary.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel obtained records showing Gogebic Taconite lobbyist Bob Seitz was considered to replace outgoing DNR Deputy Secretary Matt Maroney earlier this year.

A Walker spokeswoman said in an email to The Associated Press on Tuesday the administration was looking at Seitz for several positions.

But she said he was dropped from DNR consideration because a federal law prohibits people who have worked for a company that is applying for or has obtained air or water permits from working within the agency that issues such permits for two years.

Seitz ultimately landed a job as state Public Service Commission assistant.

 

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