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Former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks

Jason Larrabee served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks. As Principal Deputy, Larrabee assisted the Assistant Secretary who “provides policy guidance and direction for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service” and who also “has the direct responsibility for programs associated with the management and conservation of natural resources.” Larrabee announced he would be leaving the Interior Department on March 30, 2018.

After graduating from California State University, Chico, in 1997, Jason Larrabee worked as a legislative assistant for Congressman Doug Ose from 2001 to 2002. From 2002 to 2006 he worked first as a senior legislative assistant then as a legislative director for Congressman John Doolittle. (Doolittle left Congress shortly thereafter, in 2008, after being investigated as part of the Jack Abramoff scandal.) In 2008, Larrabee became a registered lobbyist and launched his own lobbying firm where he lobbied the federal government on behalf of water agencies through his firm, Jason Larrabee Ventures, LLC. In 2011, Larrabee went through the revolving door from lobbying to government and returned to Capitol Hill as Congressman Jeff Denham’s Chief of Staff. Larrabee is also still a “managing partner for his family’s farm in Butte City, California.”

Sources: [Department of the Interior, Press Release, 10/10/17, “Assistant Secretary For Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Department of the Interior,” Our Public Service, accessed 06/07/17, LinkedIn Profile for Jason Larrabee, accessed 10/25/17, Legistorm Profile for Jason Larrabee, accessed 10/26/17, “Rep. John Doolittle To Retire From House,” Associated Press, 01/10/08, Search for Jason Larrabee, United States Senate Lobbying Disclosure Act Database, accessed 10/25/17, Jeff Denham, “Honoring the Long Service of Jason Larrabee,” Congressional Record, 09/25/17, and Michael Doyle, “Budget nominee lands temp job for fish, wildlife and parks,” Energy & Environment, 03/30/18]

Special Interests

Jack Abramoff (Political Extremism)

Larrabee's former boss, Rep. John Doolittle, left Congress after being investigated in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal. Larrabee worked for Doolittle in the years Doolittle was associating with Abramoff.

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Clean Energy Systems Inc. (Resource Development on Public Lands)

From 2008 to 2010, Jason Larrabee lobbied the federal government on behalf of Clean Energy Systems Inc., a company that "engages in the development of zero emissions commercial power plants."

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Placer County Water Agency (Resource Development on Public Lands)

From 2009 to 2010, Jason Larrabee lobbied the federal government on behalf of Placer County Water Agency, a water agency in California.

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Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority (Resource Development on Public Lands)

From 2008 to 2010 Jason Larrabee lobbied the federal government on behalf of Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority, a nonprofit organization that "represents water contractors in the Central Valley region of California."

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Granite Construction Corporation (Resource Development on Public Lands)

According to his 2017 financial disclosure, Larrabee said he owned between $1,001 and $15,000 of stock in Granite Construction Corp., which builds "power plants, airports, ventilation facilities, parkways, reservations, tollways, bridges, light rails, dams, and highways."

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Imperial Oil Limited (Resource Development on Public Lands)

According to his 2017 financial disclosure, Larrabee said he owned between $1,001 and $15,000 of stock in Imperial Oil Limited, a Canadian oil and gas company.

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Southern Company (Resource Development on Public Lands)

According to his 2017 financial disclosure, Larrabee said he owned between $1,001 and $15,000 of stock in Southern Company, a public utility company that "generates, wholesales, and retails electricity in the southeastern United States."

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Suncor Energy Inc. (Resource Development on Public Lands)

According to his 2017 financial disclosure, Larrabee said he owned between $1,001 and $15,000 of stock in Suncor Energy Inc., an "integrated energy company focused on developing the Athabasca oil sands basin" in Canada.

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Association of California Water Agencies (Resource Development on Public Lands)

When he worked on Capitol Hill, Larrabee went on a $1,361 trip to Palm Springs, California, paid for by the Association of California Water Agencies, "the largest statewide coalition of public water agencies in the country."

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Southern California Edison Company (Resource Development on Public Lands)

When he worked on Capitol Hill, Larrabee went on a $1,119 trip to Fresno, California, paid for by Southern California Edison Company, a public utility that generates and distributes electricity in Southern California.

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Pacific Northwest Generating Cooperative (Resource Development on Public Lands)

When he worked on Capitol Hill, Larrabee went on a $1,367 trip to Portland, Oregon and Clarkston, Washington, paid for by Pacific Northwest Generating Cooperative, an electric generation and transmission cooperative.

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Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (Resource Development on Public Lands)

When he worked on Capitol Hill, Larrabee went on a $1,150 trip around California partially paid for by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the largest water provider in the country.

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Northern California Power Agency (Resource Development on Public Lands)

When he worked on Capitol Hill, Larrabee went on an $825 trip to California paid for by NCPA, "a not-for-profit Joint Powers Agency" a 15-member not-for-profit agency of publicly owned entities that "operates and maintains a fleet of power plants " and has a "mix of geothermal, hydroelectric, and natural gas resources."owns a "mix of geothermal, hydroelectric, and natural gas facilities."

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Southern California Public Power Authority (Resource Development on Public Lands)

When he worked on Capitol Hill, Larrabee went on a $1,656 trip to Hoover Dam, Nevada paid for by SCPPA, a "joint powers agency comprised of eleven municipal utilities and one irrigation district" that delivers electricity in the Southern California basin.

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Northern California Water Association (Resource Development on Public Lands)

When he worked on Capitol Hill, Larrabee went on a $97 trip to Sacramento Valley, paid for by the Northern California Water Association, an "umbrella group of water agencies."

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Background Information

Previous Employers

Larrabee Farms  

Representative Doug Ose, United States House of Representatives 

Representative John Doolittle, United States House of Representatives

Jason Larrabee Ventures LLC

Jeff Denham for Congress

Representative Jeff Denham, United States House of Representatives

Additional Background on Employers of Note:

From 2008 to 2010, Jason Larrabee was a registered lobbyist at his firm, Jason Larrabee Ventures LLC.

While he ran Jason Larrabee Ventures LLC, Larrabee lobbied the federal government on behalf of Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority, Pacific Renewable Fuels Inc., and Clean Energy Systems Inc. [Search for Jason Larrabee, United States Senate Lobbying Disclosure Act Database, accessed 10/24/17]

On his LinkedIn Profile, Larrabee brags that he “successfully negotiated multi-million dollar water transfers from northern California entities to buyers south of the Bay-Delta, worked with federal agencies on regulatory actions, and secured legislative riders and appropriations.” He also says he “secured over $200 million, including the largest federal appropriation in recent times from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation of $107 million.” [LinkedIn Profile for Jason Larrabee, accessed 10/24/17]

Political Connections

Since 2007, Jason Larrabee has donated $8,945 to political campaigns and parties.  

In particular, he has donated to former Representative Dan Lungren (R-CA) and GOP candidate James Ogsbury when he ran for Congress in Arizona. Ogsbury is now Executive Director of the Western Governors’ Association. [Political Moneyline Search for Jason Larrabee, CQ, accessed 10/24/17]

Financials

Financial Disclosure

[Office of Government Ethics]

Department of the Interior salary: $170,000

[Jason Larrabee, ProPublica’s Trump Town, accessed 03/15/18]

Other Information

Jason Larrabee ran for a California Assembly seat but dropped out while federal investigators were looking into connections between Larrabee’s former boss and Jack Abramoff.

In 2007, Jason Larrabee ran for a California Assembly seat but “abruptly dropped his candidacy.” Larrabee pulled out of the race while federal investigators were looking into connections between Larrabee’s former boss, Representative John Doolittle, and “disgraced Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff.” [“Former Doolittle aide quits Assembly race,” Sacramento Bee, 06/28/07]

Lobbyists Jack Abramoff and Kevin Ring hosted fundraisers for John Doolittle, treated Doolittle’s staff to “rock concerts, football games and meals at pricey restaurants,” and employed Doolittle’s wife for event planning work, paying her a total of $66,690, from 2002 to 2004—the same years Larrabee was working in Doolittle’s congressional office. Ring described Doolittle to Abramoff as “‘such a good soldier, doing everything we asked of him.’” [Carrie Johnson and Del Quentin Wilber, “Former Abramoff Associate Is Arrested,” Washington Post, 09/09/08, Rep. John Doolittle To Retire From House,” Associated Press, 01/10/08, and Legistorm Profile for Jason Larrabee, accessed 10/26/17]

Jason Larrabee dropped out of the California Assembly race at the same time that “federal prosecutors [were] contacting former aides to Rep. John Doolittle seeking information in their investigation” of Doolittle’s association with Abramoff.” [David Whitney, “Probers contact former aides; Prosecutors ask about Doolittle’s links to Abramoff,” Sacramento Bee, 06/28/07]

Jason Larrabee has received farm subsidies from the federal government.

From the period of 1995 to 2005, E. Franklin Larrabee and Associates, a farm that Jason Larrabee co-owned, received $7,257,995 in farm subsidies from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. [Larry Mitchell, “Spotlight: Farm subsidies – annual windfall in jeopardy?” Chico Enterprise-Record, 06/02/07]