The Democratic staff of the Senate Budget Committee under Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) experienced some turnover recently as one staffer left for a group that lobbies and another joined the committee from a lobbying firm.
Joel Friedman, a longtime Conrad aide, returned this month to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities where he spent over six years as a fellow before joining Conrad's staff in 2006. Known as a left-leaning think-tank, CBPP's recent lobbying filings from the second quarter of 2012 show the group targeting various spending bills. Friedman most recently served as Conrad's deputy staff director.
Tyler Kruzich became a professional staff member with the committee after a year-and-a-half stint with lobby shop Carpi and Clay. Kruzich's clients included a variety of municipalities and water interests in California, according to lobby filings dating back to 2011. Kruzich cut his teeth in the House working on two subcommittees focused on water policy before his time with Carpi and Clay.