How will feds punish gov’t employee who was secretly on payroll of lobbying group?

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Cronyism has many variants. This is classic enviro/regulatory crony capitalism. Pretty amazing that this guy is not only not in jail but that taxpayers are probably paying him a pension.

(From Liberty Unyielding)

Stephen Barton did not disclose being on the payroll of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) from 2004 to 2014, earning more than $377,000 during his last six years with the eco-group. During Barton’s time at FWS, the agency awarded WAFWA about $3 million in taxpayer grants.

Surprisingly, the U.S. attorney’s offices in Eastern District of Virginia and the District of Idaho both declined to prosecute Barton despite evidence he lied to Interior Department officials about taking a salary from WAFWA.

“This investigation determined that Barton received income from WAFWA each year between 2008 and 2014, with the largest amount being $109,242.74 in 2013,” the inspector general reported Monday, adding:

Records revealed that Barton did not disclose his WAFWA position or salary in any of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) financial disclosure reports that he submitted to FWS in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. According to WAFWA records, Barton was paid a total of $377,363.18 between 2008 and 2014.

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