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Ex-Murkowski chief of staff takes energy lobbying job

  • Author: Craig Medred
  • Updated: September 27, 2016
  • Published July 27, 2011

According to the National Journal, Karen Knutson, former chief of staff to Sen. Lisa Murkowski and key staffer in the senator's 2010 write-in re-election bid, has taken a job lobbying Washington, D.C., lawmakers on behalf of energy company Oxbow Carbon. Before leaving in June, Knutson had worked for Sen. Murkowski since 2007.

Oxbow Carbon is a diversified energy company based in Florida concerned with coal mines, coke calcining facilities, and natural gas operations in the U.S. and abroad, according to Knutson's email announcing the move to friends. It was founded by Bill Koch, brother of David and Charles Koch, whose financial support of right-wing political causes and influence over academic research have made headlines and controversy.

In an interview with National Journal, Knutson said she's currently familiarizing herself with Oxbow's operations and analyzing its lobbying needs. "I've been an energy policy wonk as long as I've been on the Hill and it's good to be engaged fully in those areas again," she said.

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