The circles of influence in Topeka tend to be small and interconnected. For example, Riley Scott, one of the lobbyists for the University of Kansas, used to work for Gov. Sam Brownback when he was in Congress, the Lawrence Journal-World noted. Scott also is a lobbyist for Crossland Construction, whose chief executive officer, Ivan Crossland, is chairman of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce. Scott is also the son-in-law of Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita.
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