Exclusive: ACLU Lobbyist Behind Sensenbrenner’s Voting Rights Act ‘Fix’
August 27, 2013 - 11:48 am
According to Open Secrets, Phillip Kiko worked in various capacities around the House Republican leadership until this year. Kiko has a long history working for and lobbying to Rep. Sensenbrenner going back decades. His posts include serving as deputy chief of staff to Rep. Sensenbrenner.
Kiko is currently vice chairman the Smith-Free Group, a Washington firm which bills itself as bi-partisan. His lobbying disclosure form tells an interesting story: He is working for the American Civil Liberties Union on the Voting Rights Act.
The ACLU characterized the June 2013 Supreme Court decision striking down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act as a “huge blow to democracy.” The ACLU says that it is “working with Congress to devise a new formula” for Section 5 pre-clearance.
Worse, Kiko’s lobbying activities are not limited to representing the ACLU. He also lobbies on behalf of the far-left Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Phillip Kiko, a self-described conservative, is working on behalf of these groups as their lobbyist at the same time his former boss, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, works toward a “fix” for the Voting Rights Act.