WASHINGTON — U.S. Trade Representative Carla Anderson Hills, a former secretary of Housing and Urban Development, lobbied her old department on behalf of a real estate firm trying to win federal subsidies, her spokeswoman confirmed.
"They hired her because of her expertise. I don't see a story in it," Clair Buchan said Tuesday night.
Hills represented Swezy Realty in 1987 and 1988 when she was in private practice as a lawyer in Washington.
The two projects were in Florida's Dade and Broward counties.
Buchan said she believed that one project won funds and one was not approved, and she did not know their names or which was successful. She also said she did not know how much money was sought, or what Hills' fee was.
The New York Times reported in its editions today that Hills reported a fee of at least $5,000 from Swezy in her January financial disclosure form.