Two former U.S. senators -- Republican Majority Leader Trent Lott and Democrat John Breaux -- are now working as lobbyists for the Russian-owned Gazprombank, according to a Friday filing. That bank, controlled by the Russian state-owned Gazprom energy company, was a target of U.S. sanctions in July.
The filing, first spotted by the Center for Public Integrity, a non-profit investigative journalism organization, lists the two former senators as lobbyists on behalf of the institution for "banking laws and regulations including applicable sanctions." They're representing the Russian bank through the lobbying firm, Squire Patton Boggs. (The pair started working for Patton Boggs when it bought their shop -- Breaux-Lott Leadership Group -- four years ago. Lott left the Senate in 2007, while Breaux left in 2005.)