The emails obtained by the AP also show Bennett and his staff conducting campaign work through state email and on state time, a likely violation of the state's "ghost employment" law. Heather Neal, Bennett's former chief of staff, discussed campaign fundraising tallies in one message and was included in weekly fundraising phone calls.
Bennett has said he was not campaigning from his Statehouse office and denies any wrongdoing. Emails seeking comment sent to Bennett and Savage weren't returned.
Neal left work as Gov. Mike Pence's chief lobbyist last August amid the grade-change scandal and took a job with Savage's campaign firm.
Bennett's resignation in Florida and the subsequent ethics charges represent a steep fall for a national education reform star once mentioned as a potential education secretary in a future Republican White House. Bennett has since taken a job with student testing giant ACT, which is crafting a test to sell to states that have adopted the national Common Core education standards.
The Bennett case is the highest-profile issue the ethics commission has taken on in recent years. Barclay said the only other prominent case he can recall is that of Scott Storms, a former Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission lawyer who had negotiated a job with Duke Energy while overseeing regulation of Duke's proposed Edwardsport plant.
Barclay would not discuss how much they are charging Bennett, but Orentlicher said talent like Mackey and Baclay could possibly run more than $500 per hour.