Ex-congressman starts new job 11 days after jury finds him guilty of felony

Oew days after resigning from Congress after a jury found him guilty of three counts, Jeff Fortenberry had already started a new job.

On March 24, Fortenberry was found guilty of concealing information and making false statements to the FBI, which was investigating potentially illegal campaign contributions. He resigned from Congress a week later. Four days later, he started working as director of employee programs for Practice Management of America, which provides business support for physicians, according to a disclosure he filed in July.

Members of Congress are allowed to negotiate for future employment as long as they notify the House Ethics Committee within three days, according to a 2020 memorandum from the panel. This note only clarifies that the notification will become public if the legislator also decides that there is “a conflict of interest or the appearance of a conflict” and files a declaration of recusal. The clerk has only one recusal statement on file since 2014, and it’s not from Fortenberry.

The Nebraska politician had a connection with New York-based Practice Management of America Inc. during his tenure. Since January 2018, he has held shares in the private company in his IRA account. His wife also holds a stake in the company. Practice Management of America employees, who aren’t typically big political donors, contributed $16,000 to Fortenberry’s campaign between 2018 and 2022.

Fortenberry knows a thing or two about health care, having served as a prominent member of a House Appropriations subcommittee that jurisdiction of the Food and Drug Administration. He resigned from this and other committee assignmentsafter his indictment in October 2021.

Fortenberry and Practice Management of America did not respond to requests for comment. Fortenberry, who was sentenced to two years probation, appealed his sentence.

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