Despite denials, lobbyist tied to condo met with EPA chief

Despite denials, lobbyist tied to condo met with EPA chief
FILE - In this Tuesday, April 3, 2018, file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt attends a news conference at the EPA in Washington, on his decision to scrap Obama administration fuel standards. The fossil-fuels lobbyist tied to the bargain-priced Capitol Hill condo leased by Pruitt is taking early retirement as a result of the scandal. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new federal disclosure report shows a Washington lobbyist tied to a bargain-priced condo leased by Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt sought to influence the agency on behalf of a client earlier this year.

The disclosure report by the powerhouse Washington lobbying firm Williams & Jensen was filed late Friday, hours after its chairman, Steven Hart, announced his early retirement.

The firm’s new filing contradicts denials by both Pruitt and Hart that the lobbyist hadn’t conducted any recent business with EPA.

Media reports first disclosed last month that Pruitt rented a Capitol Hill condo from a corporation co-owned by Hart’s wife for just a night.

The disclosure report says Hart lobbied EPA in the first quarter of 2018 on behalf of the nation’s largest pork producer, Smithfield Foods.