A Democratic fund-raiser ensconced himself in state legislative offices, asking special-interest lobbyists to contribute to the re-election campaigns of his clients. It got so bad that state employees began to complain, and House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh’s chief of staff, Jim Shulman, says he told the fund-raiser, Charlie Dyer, to “leave the premises.”
“He wasn’t working for the Legislature, and he seemed to be using the phones,” Shulman says. “So I told him that he needed to leave.”
Dyer acknowledged he asked lobbyists for campaign money at Legislative Plaza, but denied he was dialing for dollars on state phones and claimed he hadn’t spent that much time in lawmakers’ offices.
But when the Scene phoned the House Finance Committee office, one of the places where Dyer was reportedly making himself at home, the secretary acted as if he were a regular employee there.
“Charlie Dyer, please,” we said when the secretary answered the phone.
“I haven’t seen him today. Can I take a message?” she asked. “Oh, actually I have his beeper number.”
Dyerwho was raising money for Democratic Reps. Matt Kisber and Paul Phelan, among othersprotests that he’s been singled out for rough treatment.
“I’m not doing anything different than anybody else does down there,” he says.
While that isn’t precisely trueit’s rare that anyone is brazen enough to camp out in legislative offices and demand contributions as lobbyists pass throughDyer’s activities are probably an indication of things to come as the money chase begins in earnest for the 2000 elections.
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