Gibson has been in the headlines since federal agents raided its factories in Tennessee in August, seizing pallets of wood, electronic files and guitars. Since then, the agents have been trying to figure out if Gibson was using illegal wood from India in violation of The Lacey Act, which “combats trafficking in ‘illegal’ wildlife, fish and plants,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Gibson has been fighting back via social networking, tapping into anti-government anger via Twitter. Gibson also has became something of a poster child for the Republican Party’s campaign against burdensome regulations.
Gibson has called the raid bullying and is still fighting to get wood back from a similar raid that occurred in 2009.
Patrick Donnelly, a former Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forest staffer, and Stephanie Daigle, a former associate administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency, are among the Crowell & Moring lobbyists who will be working for Gibson.