The Jedi Council suspects that Senator Rush Clovis, an InterGalactic Banking Clan delegate and former colleague of Padmé Amidala, may be working for the Separatists. Against Anakin's wishes, the Council asks Padmé if she would accompany Rush to Cato Neimoidia to uncover any clues regarding the Senator's true allegiances. Padmé agrees, feeling that her past relationship with the Senator -- which for a time had been romantic until she ended it -- might give her an advantage in the investigation. Fending off Anakin's jealousy, as well as an attempt on her life by Neimoidian Lott Dod, Padmé successfully reveals Clovis to be conspiring with the Separatists to build a military droid factory on Geonosis.
A senator from the Banking delegation, Rush Clovis was once romantically involved with Padmé Amidala. Padmé travels to Cato Neimoidia with the senator to find out if the Jedi suspicions are true -- that Clovis is now working with the Separatists.
The Neimoidian senator secretly plots the construction of a military droid factory with money from the Banking Clan -- an arrangement dependent on Rush Clovis. Dod poisons Padmé Amidala hoping to strengthen his negotiating position with Senator Clovis, who still harbors romantic feelings for his former colleague and friend.