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A career Washington political lobbyist who worked for a company that supported the tobacco industry.
Scott Barnhart was a staff lobbyist with Barbour Griffith & Rogers, the top Republican lobby shop in Washington. The firm later changed its name to BGR Holdings, engaged in some mergers (which still retaining the same principals) and is now part of the InterPublic Group.
There is also a biomedical (pulmonary) researcher with the same name
1995 July 17: Aide to Senator Connie Mack dealing with cagarette smuggling.
2005: Barbour Griffith & Rogers (later BGR Holdings) were registered lobbyist for B&W, Lowes/Lorillard, PM, RJR, American Tobacco.
The staff lobbyists registered by them in 2005 were:
- Keith Schuette (of the International Republican Institute),
- Jennifer Larkin,
- Dan Murphy, and
- Scott Barnhart.
The CEO, Haley Barbour, was a White House political advisor, and later the Republican National Committee chairman.
Lanny Griffith, Chief Executive Officer of Barbour Griffith and Rogers, is a Bush Ranger having raised at least $200,000 for Bush in the 2004 presidential election.
Barbour, Griffith and Rogers gave $73,603 to federal candidates in the 2006 election through its political action committee — 100% to Republicans.