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The lobbyist couple whose condo EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt leased for $50 a night paid a $2,034 fine Friday for wrongly renting out the property, a spokesman for the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs said.
“The owner agreed to pay the fine for engaging in a business without a housing residential license,” the spokesman told POLITICO.
Pruitt rented the condo for several months last year from Vicki Hart. It emerged in late April that Pruitt had met with her lobbyist husband, Steven Hart, despite his denials, and that Hart had also recommended three people to serve on the agency’s Scientific Advisory Board.
The Harts’ condo arrangement with Pruitt was already rocky. The EPA chief was reportedly slow to pay his rent and the Harts eventually had to change the locks.
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