Edward P. Ayoob
Ayoob was "one of more than a dozen lobbyists who were members of "Team Abramoff", the tight-knit group who worked under" Jack Abramoff "when he was at the lobbying helm of the Washington office of Greenberg Traurig LLP and, before that, Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds LLP." 
Ayoob, Tyco's current lobbyist, is "lobbying for another cause these days," Robert Scheer wrote September 27, 2005: the confirmation of fellow-"Team Abramoff" member Timothy E. Flanigan "as the nation's second-highest law enforcement officer. Ayoob insisted last week that he is acting on his own and not on behalf of Tyco," Scheer said. "And, oh yes, Flanigan promises that, if confirmed, he will recuse himself from any Abramoff investigation involving Tyco. Sure."
Ayoob's "work on behalf of clients includes areas such as taxation, appropriations, tort reform, and various regulatory concerns, among numerous other issues. Mr. Ayoob is the former legislative counsel, tax counsel, appropriations manager, and foreign affairs advisor to U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D - NV). He was also the senator’s chief aide on judicial nominations and other issues related to the senator’s leadership role.
"Mr. Ayoob also served as Minority Leader Reid’s assistant finance director on the senator’s successful 1998 reelection campaign. He has worked in the government and represented clients’ interests before the government for more than 10 years.
"Mr. Ayoob received his J.D. in 1996 from Duquesne University School of Law, where he was elected vice-president of the Student Bar Association. He also was a member of Duquesne’s Trial Moot Court and Appellate Moot Court Honor Societies. He clerked for Allegheny County (PA) Court of Common Pleas President Judge Robert E. Dauer. Mr. Ayoob graduated in 1991 from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in international relations and political science. In 1990, he attended La Sorbonne and the American University of Paris. Mr. Ayoob is a member of the Board of Directors of the Nevada State Society and served as the organization’s president from 1999 to 2004. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Maronite (Lebanese Catholics) Foundation."
Source: Ayoob's Barnes & Thornburg LLP online Profile.
Related SourceWatch Resources
- James V. Grimaldi, "Lobbyists, Clients Undeterred by Scandal. Alumni of Abramoff's 'Team' Still Collecting Fees, Trying to Influence Government," Washington Post, June 26, 2005.
- "Choctaws hire three ex-Abramoff lobbyists," Indianz.com, June 27, 2005.
- Robert Scheer, "Corrupt Connections. Widening Abramoff scandal exposes GOP cronyism," robertscheer.com, September 27, 2005.