Former Sen. Mel Martinez has joined the lobbying shop of major law firm DLA Piper -- just two weeks after resigning from the Senate.
Martinez has joined the firm as a partner and will advise on issues ranging from government affairs, litigation, defense, energy and real estate, according to a statement released by DLA Piper.
USA Today reports that Martinez will come to the firm with $456,220 in cash from his campaign committee. DLA Piper made $11.8 million last year lobbying for clients that include the Royal Bank of Scotland and Lockheed Martin.
Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey left DLA Piper last month amid negative media attention his Freedom Works organization received for its involvement in town hall protests.
Under the Senate's post employment rules, Martinez will be unable to lobby the Senate for two years.
-- Jenna Staul