Under the Dome

Brubaker uses cooling off period to line up big-name clients

Former House Speaker Harold Brubaker, who resigned early last year so he could begin lobbying in January, has lined up some big-name clients.

Brubaker has corralled such blue chip firms as Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, GlaxoSmithKline, Inc, and Nationwide Insurance and Affiliates, according to papers filed with lobbyist office in the Secretary of State's office.

He has also signed on with the pay day lending industry, or more formally known as the Community Financial Services Association of America.

Other clients include 21st Century Oncology, Dental Group Practice Association, N.C. Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association, and Park Ridge Health.

Brubaker, the only Republican N.C. House Speaker of the 20th century was House budget chairman last session. But he resigned his seat in July rather than in December to get around the six-month cooling off period that bars lawmakers from going straight into lobbying.

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