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Former House Speaker Who Served Prison Time Wants to be Lobbyist

Former Massachusetts Speaker of the House Salvatore DiMasi, was convicted of taking bribes in the 2011 case.

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    Former House Speaker Who Served Prison Time Wants to be Lobbyist
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    A former Massachusetts House speaker who served five years in prison on federal corruption charges is appealing a decision that bars him from registering as a Beacon Hill lobbyist.

    Salvatore DiMasi, a Boston Democrat, was convicted in 2011 using his political clout to steer lucrative state contracts to a software company in exchange for $65,000 in payments.

    The Boston Globe reports that DiMasi's bid to register as a lobbyist was denied in March by Secretary of State William Galvin's office.

    The office cited a 2011 state law that prevents anyone from lobbying for 10 years following convictions on crimes related to state lobbying and ethics rules.

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    DiMasi argues the federal crimes he was convicted of aren't covered by the state law.

    An administrative judge is scheduled to hear DiMasi's appeal next week.

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