A Washington lobbyist for a major drug company was arrested at a Republican political event in Florida late Saturday after he got in an altercation with a man, screaming obscenities and making sexual advances on the person’s wife, according to a police report.
Jason R. Money, a lobbyist for drug giant AmerisourceBergen Corp., was attending a weekend fundraiser for the Republican Main Street Partnership at the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida. Hotel security separated Money and Joe McMahon, another patron at the hotel. McMahon, according to the police report from the Nassau County Sheriff, returned to his room when asked to by security.
When police arrived, according to the report, Money "was sitting in the hotel lobby…and appeared to be highly intoxicated."
"After repeated requests … he refused to go upstairs to his room. As the conversation went on, Mr. Money began yelling and causing a disturbance in the hotel lobby," the report said.
Money ignored several requests from police to return to his room and was arrested for disorderly intoxication, according to the police. Money posted bail Monday morning on an amount of $1,502, according to a county web site. He is being charged with a misdemeanor count of disorderly intoxication.
Reports of the altercation were circulating around K Street and Capitol Hill Monday.
AmerisourceBergen is a major D.C. player, routinely shelling out six figures per quarter for lobbying.
Money did not respond to an email request for comment.
Keri Mattox, a spokeswoman for AmerisourceBergen, said the company is "aware of the matter and are thoroughly reviewing the situation in accordance with our employment policy." She added: "We do not have further information to provide at this time as our internal review is in process and ongoing."
One source familiar with the incident said organizers asked attendees who had video of the incident to delete it and not speak with the press. Republican Main Street Partnership President and CEO Sarah Chamberlain said in an email that she "was told from hotel security that there was an incident involving an attendee and a guest of the hotel that culminated in his arrest."
"It wasn’t during one of our events but after hours and I’m not aware of any other guests of ours who were present. I simply relayed a message from the hotel," Chamberlain wrote.
Main Street Partnership supports moderate Republicans for Congress and counts 69 congressmen and senators as members.