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Wed., Mar. 9, 2016
National Watershed Coalition Gets Washington Representation
By Jon Gingerich
National Watershed CoalitionEnvironment and sustainability consultancy 9b Group, Inc. has been retained by the National Watershed Coalition to advocate the PL-566 Watershed Program on Capitol Hill.
Category: Lobbying
Fri., Mar. 4, 2016
PhRMA Enlists Federal Health Counsel
By Jon Gingerich
PhRMAFederal Health Counsel is providing Capitol Hill representation for industry trade giant the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.
Category: Lobbying
Thu., Feb. 25, 2016
Covington & Burling Works WalMart
By Jon Gingerich
WalmartInternational law firm Covington & Burling is representing retail colossus WalMart in Washington for lobbying issues related to government insurance plan Tricare.
Category: Lobbying
Thu., Feb. 18, 2016
T-Mobile Taps Farragut Partners
By Jon Gingerich
T-MobileWireless network giant T-Mobile has hired newly formed Washington, D.C. lobbying firm Farragut Partners, LLP for Capital Hill representation.
Category: Lobbying
Wed., Feb. 17, 2016
Yelp Taps Monument
By Jon Gingerich

YelpInternet business review site Yelp Inc. has hired lobbying firm Monument Policy Group for Capitol Hill representation.

Category: Lobbying
Tue., Feb. 16, 2016
BHFS Serves National Restaurant Association
By Jon Gingerich
Natl Restaurant Assn.The National Restaurant Association has tapped Denver-based, national law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP for D.C. representation.
Category: Lobbying
Mon., Nov. 9, 2015
The Recording Academy Taps Finn Partners for Lobbying Efforts
By Matthew Schwartz

Finn PartnersThe move comes as Congress prepares to overhaul copyright laws that determine how creators are compensated for the use of their work.

Category: Lobbying
Thu., Oct. 1, 2015
Cornerstone Builds Annapolis Presence
By Greg Hazley
Cornerstone Gov't AffairsWashington-based Cornerstone Government Affairs is building up an Annapolis outpost, its 10th office.
Category: Lobbying
Wed., Sep. 30, 2015
Somalia Gets DC PR Help
By Greg Hazley
Republic of SomaliaVirginia-based Grieboski Global Strategies is advising the Federal Republic of Somalia on the PR and lobbying front.
Category: Lobbying
Wed., Sep. 16, 2015
Ma Bell's McGivern Dials Up Ogilvy
By Kevin McCauley

Ogilvy PRTim McGivern, a 15-year veteran of AT&T, has shifted to Ogilvy Government Relations' DC office.

Category: Lobbying
Tue., Sep. 15, 2015
Far East Lines Ships Lobbying to Prime Policy Group
By Kevin McCauley
Prime Policy GroupHong Kong-based Far East Lines Limited ocean shipping company signed up Prime Policy Group for a 40-day US lobbying blitz.
Category: Lobbying
Fri., Sep. 11, 2015
FTI Reps PayPal
By Kevin McCauley
PayPalFTI Government Affairs has scooped up DC lobbying work for PayPal, the global online payments company spun off from eBay in July.
Category: Lobbying
Wed., Sep. 9, 2015
Hart Takes Crossroads
By Kevin McCauley
Crossroads StrategiesElizabeth Hart, who was chief to staff for Delaware Congressman John Carney, has joined Crossroads Strategies.
Category: Lobbying
Fri., Aug. 28, 2015
Carmen Group Slapped With Disclosure Penalty
By Kevin McCauley

Carmen GroupThe Carmen Group has agreed to pay a $125K fine to settle allegations that it violated the Lobbying Disclosure Act.

Category: Lobbying
Fri., Aug. 28, 2015
Democratic Politico Lehane Joins Airbnb
By Kevin McCauley
Chris LehaneChris Lehane, who worked in the Clinton White House, has joined Airbnb as chief of global policy and PA to help defuse political opposition to its expansion and pushback from the hotel lobby.
Category: Lobbying
Thu., Aug. 27, 2015
Beer Institute Cheers Dunckel
By Kevin McCauley
Denise DunckelDenise Dunckel, a veteran of the private and public sectors, is joining The Beer Institute on Sept. 14 to handle the trade group's PA efforts.
Category: Lobbying
Tue., Aug. 11, 2015
Nickles Takes on Theranos
By Kevin McCauley
The firm of former Oklahoma Republican Senator Don Nickles has signed up Theranos, the 10-year-old blood-testing biotech venture company, for Food & Drug Administration advocacy work
Category: Lobbying
Mon., Aug. 10, 2015
Senators Shut 'Revolving Door'
By Kevin McCauley
senatorsDemocratic Senators Michael Bennet (CO) and Al Franken (MN) on Aug. 5 introduced the "Close the Revolving Door Act of 2015" to permanently ban Congressmen from becoming lobbyists after they retire.
Category: Lobbying
Mon., Aug. 3, 2015
Cannabis Group Lights Up Podesta
By Kevin McCauley
NCIAThe National Cannabis Industry Assn. has tapped Heather Podesta + Partners to work on its federal priorities including access to banking services and taxation.
Category: Lobbying
Mon., Jul. 27, 2015
Lauder Hires ACG to Pursue Nazi-Stolen Art
By Kevin McCauley
Ron LauderCosmetics kingpin Ron Lauder has hired American Continental Group to bolster his campaign to pressure museums to return Nazi era-confiscated art to the children/heirs of their owners.
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Fri., Oct. 28
The Beginning of Publlc Relations
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Thu., Oct. 27
Trust is What’s Ailing Healthcare
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Thu., Oct. 27
McCarthy Must Be Smiling
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Thu., Oct. 27
Getting the Most Out of Your Pitching Hours
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Wed., Oct. 26
Integrated Communications in the Life Sciences
By James Heins
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Tue., Oct. 25
NBC Doubling Down on Buzzfeed
By Ronn Torossian
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Tue., Oct. 25
The Problem with Cable TV Political Coverage
By Arthur Solomon
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Tue., Oct. 25
Leveraging Technology to Shape Health Messaging
By John Carnett
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Mon., Oct. 24
Redefining Success: a Timeless Debate
By Stephanie DeViteri
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Mon., Oct. 24
Trump Fails Presidential Character Test, Bigly
By Bodine Williams
Bodine Williams

Fri., Oct. 21
Missed Opportunity of the 2016 Al Smith Dinner
By Patrick Hirigoyen
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Fri., Oct. 28
AR Dept. of Parks and Tourism Seeks AOR
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Thu., Oct. 20
Santa Monica Seeks Marketing Help
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Mon., Oct. 17
Redmond, WA Wants Creative Services
City of Redmond

Fri., Oct. 14
Compton Calls for Comms.
City of Compton

Tue., Oct. 11
FL Airport Seeks PR Pitches
Northwest Florida Beaches Int'l Airport

Thu., Oct. 6
Nassau Health Care Seeks Ad Agency

Wed., Oct. 5
Hawaii Calls for PR Services
Hawaii Tourism Authority

Tue., Oct. 4
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Warren County Tourism Department

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