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Perdue not registered yet

Garrett PerdueGarrett Perdue is not registered as a federal lobbyist.

But lobbying law experts say he doesn't have to — until he has a client.

Under federal law, people who lobby Congress must register with the House Office of the Clerk and the Senate Office of Public Records within 45 days of starting work on behalf of a client.

Neither has a record of Garrett Perdue, son of Gov. Beverly Perdue and a lobbyist with the white-shoe law firm Womble Carlyle.

But Massie Ritsch, a spokesman for the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics in Washington, said that could mean Perdue does not have any federal clients.

"Unless you have someone you're representing, there's no obligation to register as a lobbyist," he said.

Perdue, who was hired on Feb. 16, will have worked for Womble Carlyle for 45 days tomorrow.

Seven of the state's eight Democratic Congressmen say they have not heard from Perdue.


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Re: Perdue not registered yet

So where is the story?

The problem with so many newspaper "blogs" is that they are not blogs at all. They are orts, observations, and bits and pieces of stories that are not good enough to make it in the paper. And there's a reason for that.

There's no "there" there.

Write us back when there's news, Ryan.

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