OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Republican Sen. Doug Ericksen has registered as a foreign agent in order to consult and lobby for the country of Cambodia.
Under documents filed with the U.S. Department of Justice under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, Ericksen signed an agreement between PacRim Bridges, LLC — a company he formed in 2017— with the Kingdom of Cambodia on March 25. Under the contract, PacRim will receive $500,000 a year to provide consulting services and to “work to support legislation that is positive for Cambodia.” Among the services offered by PacRim will be arranging for cultural exchanges and visits by Cambodian delegations.
Ericksen is CEO of PacRim, and former Republican Rep. Jay Rodne serves as general counsel and chief legal officer.
Because the Washington Legislature does not run year-round, many lawmakers hold outside employment. According to Jennifer Strus, attorney for the Legislative Ethics Board, nothing in the state Ethics in Public Service Act prohibits lawmakers from registering at the federal level as a foreign agent.