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Ex-Sen. D'Amato's Firm Settles Sanctions Case

Wed, Jan. 22, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Al D'AmatoFormer Senator Al D’Amato’s Park Strategies paid $12,250 to settle allegations that its work for a Somalia-based client that is on the Treasury Dept. global terrorism list violated US sanctions.

FTI Puts Hawkeye 360 in DC Orbit

Thu, Jan. 16, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

HawkeyeFTI Government Affairs represents satellite company Hawkeye 360 on defense and budgetary matters in Washington.

Glover Park Feasts on Cell-Based Meat, Fish

Tue, Jan. 14, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Meat Poultry AssnGlover Park Group has picked up the Alliance for Meat, Poultry & Seafood Innovation, a coalition formed in August to educate the public about food grown directly from animal cells.

McClatchy Taps BGR for Fed Pension Bailout

Mon, Dec. 30, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

McClatchyMcClatchy Co. has turned to BGR Government Affairs for strategic guidance and counsel on pension issues as the nation’s third-largest newspaper publisher wants a federal bailout of its underfunded pension fund.

Juul Labs Turns to Tiger Hill Partners

Mon, Dec. 23, 2019

By Kevin McCauley


Juul Labs has hired Tiger Hill Partners to handle federal lobbying efforts regarding legislation related to e-cigarettes and Congressional investigations.

Soros-Backed Group Tackles Immigration Law

Thu, Dec. 19, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

Open Society Policy Center George Soros’ Open Society Policy Center has retained a lobbying firm to advocate for a bill that which would limit the President’s ability to prohibit people from entering the U.S. based on their faith, place of birth or nationality.

Cherokee Nation Calls Venable

Tue, Dec. 10, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

Cherokee NationThe Cherokee Nation has hired D.C. legal/lobbying firm, Venable to help the federally recognized tribe with Indian and Native American affairs issues on Capitol Hill.

BGR Recruits Cleveland Clinic's Farmer

Wed, Dec. 4, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Dan FarmerDan Farmer, who was senior director of government relations at the Cleveland Clinic, will be joining BGR Government Affairs next month.

Ex-Rep. Gordon Stars in TikTok's DC Push

Tue, Nov. 19, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Bart GordonFormer Congressman Bart Gordon represents Beijing-headquartered ByteDance, parent company of Chinese social media darling TikTok, which is trying to fend off US sanctions.

Ex-Congressman Duffy Lands at BGR

Wed, Nov. 13, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Sean DuffySean Duffy, former Wisconsin Republican Congressman, has joined BGR Government Affairs to lead its financial services practice.

Ballard Pulls Plug on Indicted Turkish Bank

Fri, Oct. 18, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

HalkbankBallard Partners, which has close ties with president Trump, terminated its relationship with Turkey's Halkbank on Oct. 16, the day after the US Justice Dept. filed fraud and money-laundering charges against the country's No. 2 state-owned bank. (1 reader comment)

BGR Steps Into Russian Sanctions Fight

Wed, Oct. 16, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Haley BarbourBGR Government Affairs represents Allseas Nederland, Dutch energy services company that is laying pipe under the Baltic Sea for the controversial Nord Stream 2 project of Russia's Gazprom. (1 reader comment)

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.