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Tech Trade Groups Get High Marks

Thu, Oct. 10, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

LobbyingTrade groups representing the U.S. technology sector were ranked as the highest-performing lobbying sector for effective public policy characteristics, according to an APCO Worldwide research study. (1 reader comment)

Mercury Stands with Parkland

Tue, Oct. 8, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Stand With ParklandOmnicom’s Mercury Public Affairs unit is representing the Stand with Parkland advocacy group that was formed following the 2018 shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (Parkland, FL) that left 17 dead and 17 injured. (1 reader comment)

Sen. Warren Seeks to End 'Weaponization' of Lobbying

Mon, Sep. 16, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Elizabeth WarrenSenator Elizabeth Warren wants to expand the definition of lobbying to cover anybody who is paid to influence lawmakers, as part of her drive to end the "weaponization" of lobbying where corporate interests trump the fundamental promise of US democracy that every voice matters. (1 reader comment)

Facebook Continues Cryptocurrency Lobbying Blitz

Thu, Sep. 5, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

FacebookFacebook has doubled down in its political battle over the network’s controversial cryptocurrency venture Libra, hiring two additional lobbying firms to handle blockchain policy and cryptocurrency regulation matters on Capitol Hill.

Ballard Provides DC Coverage for Ballad Health

Thu, Aug. 29, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Ballad HealthTrump-connected Ballard Partners is handling rural healthcare issues for Johnson City, Tenn-based Ballad Health, which was formed in 2018 by the merger of two rival hospital companies serving the Appalachian region. The Federal Trade Commission publicly opposed the merger.

Huawei Dials up Federal Advocates Inc.

Thu, Aug. 15, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Michael EspositoHuawei, the world’s largest telecommunications gear maker and suspected spying tool of the Chinese government, has hired Federal Advocates Inc., a top Republican firm, for DC representation. (1 reader comment)

Campari Taps Ballard for Tariff Duty

Tue, Aug. 13, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

CampariItaly's Campari America unit, owner of Wild Turkey bourbon, has hired Trump-connected Ballard Partners to handle trade and tariff matters. (1 reader comment)

Invariant Enlists in Apple Corps

Fri, Jul. 19, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Heather Podesta Invariant has joined Apple's corps of DC lobbyists, handling issues such as privacy, encryption, copyright, intellectual property and competitive matters. (1 reader comment)

FTI Takes on Boy Scouts

Mon, Jun. 24, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Boy Scouts of AmericaFTI Government Affairs is representing the Boy Scouts of America, which House Democrats say has been lobbying about stricter sexual abuse laws.

T-Mobile Places Call to Ex-Congressman Wynn

Tue, Jun. 18, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Albert WynnFormer Maryland Congressman Albert Wynn is representing T-Mobile as it works to merge with Sprint to create the No. 2 wireless carrier.

Rogers Takes Top Advocacy Post at CompTIA

Tue, Jun. 18, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Cinnamon RogersCinnamon Rogers, who most recently was senior VP-government affairs at Telecommunications Industry Assn., has moved to Computing Technology Industry Assn. as executive VP for public advocacy.

ACLU Retains Raben Amid Border Crisis

Mon, Jun. 17, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

BorderThe Raben Group is working on behalf of the ACLU's Texas branch to lobby Congress in an effort to protect the rights of immigrants and asylum seekers and fight abuses at the U.S. border with Mexico.

Carmen Group Pilots Lockheedís F-35 Fighter Push

Thu, Jun. 13, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

F35Carmen Group is spearheading the lobbying push for Lockheed Martin’s controversial F-35 fighter jet program, which represents the Pentagon's biggest deal ever. (1 reader comment)

Tech Sector Wages Lobbying Salvo Amid Antitrust Probe

Thu, Jun. 6, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

Facebook, Amazon, Google, AppleThe Big Four technology companies have upped their spending on lobbying retainers in light of increased chatter regarding a federal crackdown, according to a New York Times report.

Kivvit Reps Landlords in Rent Reform Fight

Fri, May 24, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Rich BambergerKivvit is representing the Alliance for Rental Excellence NY, a group backed by landlords and business owners, that seeks to thwart an overhaul of rent regulations in the Empire State.

FTI Works for Pfizer on Drug Pricing Matters

Thu, May 16, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Charlene MacDonaldFTI Consulting’s government affairs unit is representing Pfizer on pharmaceutical drug pricing matters. Pfizer is named in a federal suit that alleges it jacked up generic drug prices.

AHA Appoints Lobbying Firm to Advocate Charity Bill

Tue, May 14, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

AHAThe American Heart Association has hired Uncorked Advocates to pitch a tax bill that would expand the amount seniors can donate tax-free each year for charitable purposes.

Ballard Partners Goes To Bat For Cuban Ball Players

Mon, May 13, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

FCBFlorida's Ballard Partners, which has close ties to the White House, is working with Major League Baseball following president Trump's decision to strike out an agreement that made it legal and safer for Cuban ballplayers to play in the US.

L.A.ís Top Lobbyist Takes Off to Mercury

Mon, Apr. 29, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

John EkJohn Ek, a top lobbyist in Los Angeles, has joined Mercury, which is part of the Omnicom Public Relations Group, as co-chairman.

Cannabis Group Taps VS Strategies

Thu, Apr. 25, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Cannabis Trade FederationCannabis Trade Federation Action has hired VS Strategies, the public policy wing of "the country's first powerhouse marijuana law firm," to push for a sensible marijuana public policy.

Media Mogul Hindery Grabs Gephardt

Mon, Apr. 22, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Leo HinderyLeo Hindery, who founded the Yes Network in 2001 as the cable home of the New York Yankees, hired Gephardt Group Government Affairs for work regarding infrastructure funding.