An interesting case in Iowa raises questions about the purposes behind post-employment, or "revolving door," provisions, including whom they are
supposed to protect and why.
According to an
Associated Press article yesterday
, a former chief of staff
and general counsel to Iowa's then governor is representing
Muscatine, IA citizens in their suit against Grain Processing Corp. (GPC)
for long-standing pollution in the town. GPC has filed a motion to
disqualify the attorney, and other attorneys he brought into the
case, on the grounds that the attorney dealt with GPC's pollution
when he was a state official. GPC has also filed a complaint with
the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board which, according to an
article in Monday's Iowa City Press-Citizen
, will be
considering the matter today.