Several national labs including Los Alamos and Sandia appear to have improperly used federal funds to pay former Rep. Heather Wilson about $450,000 to lobby the federal government to expand lab funding by luring new projects, according to a federal inspector general’s report released today.
The use of Department of Energy funds by the labs to lobby the federal government to increase lab funding, known by the labs as “business development,” is prohibited.
“Despite these prohibitions, our examination of relevant documents at both Sandia and Los Alamos tend to indicate such activities did occur,” the report says.
Wilson established Heather Wilson and Company, LLC, to work as a lab contractor between 2009 and 2011. Wilson suspended her contract work for the labs before her unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate in 2012 that she lost to then-Rep. Martin Heinrich.