By Theodoric Meyer | 04/18/2017 01:46 PM EDT
With David Beavers and Aubree Eliza Weaver
FIRST IN PI - S-3 PUBLIC AFFAIRS ADDS BARRASSO AIDE: Arjun Mody, a top aide to Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), is leaving the Hill to join S-3 Public Affairs as a principal. Mody is currently the policy director for the Senate Republican Policy Committee, which Barrasso chairs. Barrasso praised Mody is a statement, saying he had "rewritten the playbook on running an effective policy committee for Senate Republicans." He'll start later this month. Mody is the third recent hire for S-3, which has also brought aboard Kate Dickens, a former chief of staff to former Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), and Todd Wooten, a former senior tax and energy counsel to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) on the Finance Committee.
POTENTIAL EPA APPOINTEE SIGNED NEW LOBBYING CLIENT IN FEBRUARY: "Andrew Wheeler, the lobbyist expected to be tapped for EPA's deputy administrator position, in February signed a new uranium client, according to a recently filed disclosure," POLITICO's Alex Guillén reports. "Wheeler, an attorney and lobbyist at Faegre Baker Daniels since 2009, recently signed on to represent Energy Fuels Resources, a Colorado-based uranium miner. He is the company's first hired lobbyist."
- "The contract began on Feb. 1, and does not list any other FaegreBD employees on the account. It says only that Wheeler will lobby on 'general energy issues related to uranium mining and milling.' Wheeler is also a registered lobbyist for coal producer Murray Energy, as well as lab firm Underwriters Laboratories and cheese maker Sargento. He formerly represented utility Xcel Energy." Full story.
CASINO LOBBY KICKS OFF SMALL BUSINESS JOBS TOUR: The American Gaming Association will kick off a new campaign touting the gambling industry's economic benefits on Wednesday in Laurel, Md., at an event featuring Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.); American Gaming Association President Geoff Freeman and Bill Boasberg, the general manager of MGM 's new casino at National Harbor. The event will spotlight a new report from the AGA on the economic benefits of casinos, which the report claims support 350,000 small business jobs. The campaign comes as the gambling industry hopes that President Donald Trump, a former casino owner, will move to legalize sports gambling. "What we're trying to say is we're a huge economic contribution, we're helping small businesses, and regulations and policy should be keeping up with that fact," said Sara Slane, the AGA's senior vice president of public affairs.
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HOW GERRIT LANSING MADE $1 MILLION LAST YEAR: "The Republican Party's top digital strategist in 2016 got a nearly $1 million payout from a firm he co-founded that collected online contributions to the party and its nominee, Donald Trump - despite earlier claims that the strategist had severed his ties to the company," POLITICO's Shane Goldmacher reports. "Gerrit Lansing's joint roles, while legal, have raised questions of cronyism and profit-making at the Republican National Committee - and now sparked an internal review 'to prevent a situation like this from happening again,' the RNC told POLITICO in a statement."
- "Republican operatives representing multiple GOP presidential and Senate campaigns said that Lansing pushed them to use the company he co-founded, Revv, to collect their online donations after he was hired for the top RNC job - and that he used the fact that the RNC was using his platform as a selling point. ... The controversy puts White House press secretary Sean Spicer in an awkward spot. As the RNC's chief strategist, Spicer denied to POLITICO in mid-2016 that Lansing had any financial stake in Revv. 'He has zero connection to Revv,' Spicer said then. 'He had to sever the ties.'" Full story .
AHEAD OF THE FILINGS - MONUMENT, THORN RUN DISCLOSE QUARTERLY INCOME: Monument Policy Group will report $1.7 million in lobbying income in the first quarter, according to Stewart Verdery, the firm's founder, up 16 percent compared to the first quarter of 2016. The firm signed six new lobbying clients in the first quarter: the Claim Your Health Data Coalition, Grifols, Incident Catering Services, the International Franchise Association, Snapchat and Workday.
- Thorn Run Partners, meanwhile, will report lobbying income of $2.3 million in the first quarter, according to Andy Rosenberg, a Thorn Run partner, up 13 percent compared to the first quarter of 2016.
PHRMA HAS DEEP TIES TO NONPROFIT FIGHTING DRUG IMPORTS: "A nonprofit organization that has orchestrated a wide-reaching campaign against foreign drug imports has deep ties to the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, or PhRMA, the powerful lobbying group that includes Eli Lilly, Pfizer and Bayer," Kaiser Health News' Emily Kopp and Rachel Bluth report. "The nonprofit, called the Partnership for Safe Medicines, has recently emerged as a leading voice against Senate bills that would allow drugs to be imported from Canada."
- "Both the lobbying group and the nonprofit partnership have gone to great lengths to show that drugmakers are not driving what they describe as a grassroots effort to fight imports, including an expensive advertising blitz and an event last week that featured high-profile former FBI officials and a former Food and Drug Administration commissioner. However, a Kaiser Health News analysis of groups involved in the partnership shows more than one-third have received PhRMA funding or are local chapters of groups that have received PhRMA funding, according to PhRMA tax disclosures from 2013 to 2015." Full story .
FIRM ANALYSIS: Squire Patton Boggs' Jeremy Cape and Aline Doussin break down British Prime Minister Theresa May's surprise decision this morning to call a snap election. Read it here.
CHINA GRANTS IVANKA'S BUSINESS NEW TRADEMARKS: "On April 6, Ivanka Trump's company won provisional approval from the Chinese government for three new trademarks, giving it monopoly rights to sell Ivanka brand jewelry, bags and spa services in the world's second-largest economy," The Associated Press' Erika Kinetz and Anne D'Innocenzio report. "That night, the first daughter and her husband, Jared Kushner , sat next to the president of China and his wife for a steak and Dover sole dinner at Mar-a-Lago. ... Trump did not sign off on the new trademark applications, her brand said in a statement, adding that they are 'not necessarily an indication that the brand is planning to launch a category or a store in a specific territory.'" Full story.
KUSHNER MOVES TO SELL STAKE IN REAL-ESTATE TECH FIRM: "Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of President Donald Trump who has become a senior adviser in the White House, is in advanced talks to sell his stake in a real-estate technology company to a venture-capital firm as part of his efforts to divest himself of many business ties, according to people familiar with the matter," The Wall Street Journal's Peter Grant reports. "Mr. Kushner is close to selling his stake in WiredScore to a group including Los Angeles-based Fifth Wall Ventures , according to the people, as he moves to separate himself from conflicts of interest. The price and other group members couldn't be determined, and the talks could still end without a deal." Full story.
COULD PRIVATE-SECTOR LAWYERS REWRITE OBAMA'S WATER REGULATIONS? "Industry groups with close ties to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt are studying whether he could hire lawyers from the private sector to redo the Obama administration's most controversial water rule," POLITICO's Annie Snider reports. "Such an approach would effectively privatize the rulemaking process, allowing Pruitt to sidestep career bureaucrats who spent the last five years writing the Waters of the U.S. regulation, which President Donald Trump has promised to swiftly replace. But legal experts say the unusual move also would raise a host of ethical questions and likely limit the public's view into how decisions are made about which streams, wetlands and lakes across the country receive federal protection." Full story.
COLLEGES LOBBY AGAINST TAXING THEIR ENDOWMENTS: "Some of the richest U.S. colleges are pushing back against scrutiny by Congress over the tax-exempt status of their endowments," Bloomberg News' Janet Lorin reports. "Lobbying disclosure forms show almost two dozen schools such as Princeton University, University of Notre Dame and Cornell University are including endowment tax issues in their federal agenda, along with perennial topics such as student loans and funding for scientific research. Orrin Hatch , a Republican from Utah and chairman of the Senate Finance committee, said Monday that college endowments would be included in a tax code review." Full story.
- Two former Senate majority leaders turned lobbyists - Trent Lott and Tom Daschle - will serve as honorary co-chairmen of the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship.
- Emily Hartman has joined Kia's Washington office as manager of events and branding. She was previously manager of public relations for Children's National Health System.
- "Michelle Richardson has joined the Center for Democracy and Technology as deputy director of its Freedom, Security and Technology Project," per Morning Cybersecurity. "She spent the past year consulting with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Mozilla and the Open Policy Center, and before that spent 10 years at the American Civil Liberties Union."
ON THE CALENDAR:
- House Speaker Paul Ryan will headline BakerHostetler's annual legislative seminar on April 26. Also attending: Sens. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.); House Majority Whip Steve Scalise; House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer; and Reps. Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio), Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.).
- The Glen Echo Group is hosting a fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. today. for Techdirt to support the blog in its fight against a lawsuit. Among the hosts: Joshua Lamel of the BGR Group, Maura Corbett of Glen Echo Group, Tim Sparapani of SPQR Strategies, Beau Phillips of Reset Public Affairs, Elizabeth Frazee of TwinLogic Strategies, Michael Petricone of the Consumer Electronics Association, Jesse Blumenthal of the Charles Koch Institute, and Zach Graves of the R Street Institute.
NEW JOINT FUNDRAISERS:
Heller Senate Victory Committee (Dean Heller, Hellerhighwater PAC, NRSC)
Walter Hay Oats Alliance PAC (PAC)
Win For California (PAC)
NEW LOBBYING REGISTRATIONS:
Alignment Government Strategies: Tellurian Inc.
Clark Hill, PLC: Sigma Space Corporation
Cornerstone Government Affairs, LLC: Atlantic Strategies Group obo Economic Development Commission of Charles County
Covington & Burling LLP: American States Utility Services, Inc.
DLA Piper LLP (US): Rapid Ratings International Inc.
Emmer Consulting, Inc. (formerly known as Emmer Consulting, P.C.): Montgomery Hospice
Ernst & Young LLP (Washington Council Ernst & Young): American Road and Transportation Builders Association
Faegre Baker Daniels: CMFG Life Insurance Company
NormInc: Connect 4 Strategies on behalf of USAgainstAlzheimer's
Paul Gray: Nordion (Canada), Inc.
SB Capitol Solutions: D'Artagnan Consulting, LLP
SB Capitol Solutions: Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
SB Strategic Consulting, Inc.: GridLiance
SB Strategic Consulting, Inc.: Valley Electric Association
Squire Patton Boggs: Georgia Ports Authority
Squire Patton Boggs: Shipcom Wireless
Squire Patton Boggs: The Coca Cola Company
NEW LOBBYING TERMINATIONS:
Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz: Thales USA Inc
Broydrick & Associates: ProHealth Care
Broydrick & Associates: Wisconsin Medical Society
Cornerstone Government Affairs, LLC: American Council of Independent Laboratories
Cornerstone Government Affairs, LLC: Institute of Food Technologists
Greenberg Traurig, LLP: Brooks Street
Holland & Knight LLP: Illinois Institute Of Technology
Jochum Shore & Trossevin PC: Snapchat
Jochum Shore & Trossevin PC: Target Corporation
John T. Doolittle, LLC: Panoche Valley Solar, LLC
Leschi Group, LLC: CollegeNET, Inc.
Lowry Strategies: Betafence USA
McAllister & Quinn, LLC: Edwards Vacuum
McAllister & Quinn, LLC: Hawaii Medical Service Association Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Hawaii
McAllister & Quinn, LLC: Port of South Lousiana [sic]
McDermott Will & Emery LLP: CGI Federal, Inc.
McDermott Will & Emery LLP: Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy, Inc.
McDermott Will & Emery LLP: Washington Gas
Mercury: DLT Solutions, Inc.
Merevir Consulting: Used Car Recall Coalition
National Environmental Strategies: Geothermal Energy Association
Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough: American Geriatrics Society
New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance: New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance
Perry Bayliss Government Relations, LLC: Donuts Inc.
Podesta Group, Inc.: eHealthInsurance Services, Inc.
Podesta Group, Inc.: Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board
Polsinelli PC: Bulbrook Drislane Brokerage
Regional Programs, Inc: NY AREA (Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance)
Sidley Austin LLP: Vertos Medical
Sixkiller Consulting, LLC: DynCorp International, LLC
Sixkiller Consulting, LLC: Native Network
Sixkiller Consulting, LLC: Tohono Oodham Nation
Squire Patton Boggs: Fondation Perspectives DAvenir
Strategic Marketing Innovations: Thermacore
The Joseph Group, LLC: Dropbox, Inc.
Vermont Energy Partnership: Vermont Energy Partnership
Thales USA, Inc.: Thales USA Inc
Thorn Run Partners: Providence Health & Services
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