Kansas' 4th District Rep. Mike Pompeo is one of 13 incoming Republican members of Congress who are packing registered lobbyists to accompany them to Washington.
Pompeo announced earlier this month that he's chosen Koch Industries heavyweight Mark Chenoweth to serve as his chief of staff. Chenoweth previously worked as a lawyer on the lobbying team for the Kansas oil conglomerate, which has been described as the "Standard Oil of our time." It's owned by zillionaire brothers Charles and David Koch of Wichita. The Koch brothers are behind the right-wing think tank Americans for Prosperity.
previously described Pompeo as "essentially a subsidiary of the Koch brothers' business empire," noting that Pompeo's first reaction to the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico was that he "fervently" hoped the government wouldn't "overreact."
Pompeo spoke at AFP's Tea Party rallies during the last election season. AFP recently applauded Pompeo's brave pledge to ignore climate change.