"My stories clearly show that she has voted in cases that on the face of them are conflicts of interest," Mr. Slater told The Washington Times via telephone. "She has voted on legislation affecting her client, who pays her, and that's a fact. The question is whether that's illegal, and we certainly haven't said that. It's something of a gray area as to what's permitted."
"It has long been interpreted that, if you vote on legislation that affects a whole class of people or affects everyone similarly situated in that industry, then it may be a conflict of interest, but it's not necessarily against the law," Mr. Slater said.