The National Association of Theatre Owners is using Akin Gump to push for a cut of the federal bailout fund related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On March 18, NATO called on Congress and the White House to consider relief measures to bolster the industry and its "150,000 employees, who live and work in practically every Congressional District, to weather the present COVID-19 pandemic crisis.
NATO noted, "the business model of the movie theater industry is uniquely vulnerable in the present crisis" during the current period of "social distancing."
The DC-based trade group urged lawmakers to "ensure that America’s movie theater industry and its tens of thousands of employees across the country can remain resilient."
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld's NATO lobbying team includes Arshi Siddiqui, former aide to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; Brendan Dunn, one-time staffer for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell; Brian Pomper, who worked for Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT); Zach Rudisill, ex-aide to Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), and Lauren O'Brien, ex-staffer for Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY).