Former FEMA Chief Is at Work on Gulf Coast
Lobbyist Allbaugh Gives Clients Help
By Thomas B. Edsall
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, September 8, 2005; A27
During his two years as director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency during President Bush’s first term, Joe M. Allbaugh traveled to Louisiana for a series of disasters, from tropical storms Allison and Isidore to Hurricane Lili.
Yesterday, Allbaugh, now head of his own Washington lobbying and consulting firm, was in Baton Rouge, La., helping his clients get business from perhaps the worst natural disaster in the nation’s history.
Allbaugh said he was there “just trying to lend my shoulder to the wheel, trying to coordinate some private-sector support that the government always asks for.” In the case of one client, UltraStrip Systems Inc., a Florida company, Allbaugh said he persuaded “them down here” to present the case for a water filtration system.