By Theodoric Meyer | 04/19/2017 03:55 PM EDT
With help from David Beavers and Aubree Eliza Weaver
THE LOBBYISTS WHO GAVE TO THE TRANSITION: At least three registered lobbyists gave to President Donald Trump's inaugural committee, despite the committee's insistence last year that lobbyists would be banned from contributing. David Tamasi of Rasky Partners, an early Trump supporter, gave $500 to the committee, according to its FEC report. Samantha Frith of Growth Energy gave $600 and Mitchell Vakerics of Prime Policy Group gave $400. At least two lobbying firms also gave to the transition. Kelley Drye & Warren and Manatos & Manatos each gave $2,500.
- According to an inaugural committee official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the lobbyists showed up in the report because they purchased tickets to the inaugural balls, which cost $50 each. That's also the likely explanation for why the lobbying firms showed up in the report. (The committee refunded a wired $25,000 contribution from Brown Rudnick, another lobbying firm, according to the official.) But the committee did not check everyone who bought tickets to the balls to see whether they were registered lobbyists. "That's something we just didn't have the capacity to do," the official said.
- Several other Washington firms without registered lobbyists on staff wrote much bigger checks, including Millfield Global Strategies, which gave $120,000; CapitalKeys, which gave $100,000; and Off the Record Strategies, which gave $50,000. A number of members of Congress also showed up in the report, including Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Reps. Ralph Abraham (R-La.), Rick Allen (R-Ga.), Lou Barletta (R-Pa.), Garret Graves (R-La.), Pete King (R-N.Y.), Adrian Smith (R-Neb.) and Randy Weber (R-Texas). South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, who endorsed Trump ahead of the Iowa caucuses when he was lieutenant governor, also gave money.
PARTNERSHIP FOR OPEN & FAIR SKIES SIGNS CHAMBER'S SCOTT REED: The Partnership for Open & Fair Skies, a coalition led by Delta, American and United airlines, has signed its first lobbyist. Scott Reed of Chesapeake Strategies will lobby for the coalition on Gulf carrier issues, according to a disclosure filing. (Reed is also the senior political strategist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.) The coalition is lobbying the Trump administration to take action against the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, which they accuse of violating "Open Skies" agreements with the U.S. by subsidizing their state-owned carriers, Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways. The coalition spent more than $6 million with four firms - the Dewey Square Group, SKDKnickerbocker, the Messina Group and Beacon Global Strategies - in 2015, according to a previous tax filing, but none of the firms were registered to lobby for the group.
EXXON MOBIL SEEKS WAIVER FROM RUSSIA SANCTIONS: "Exxon Mobil Corp. has applied to the Treasury Department for a waiver from U.S. sanctions on Russia in a bid to resume its joint venture with state oil giant PAO Rosneft, according to people familiar with the matter," The Wall Street Journal's Jay Solomon and Bradley Olson report. "Exxon has been seeking U.S. permission to drill with Rosneft in several areas banned by sanctions and applied in recent months for a waiver to proceed in the Black Sea, according to these people. ... The State Department" - led, of course, by former Exxon chief executive Rex Tillerson - "is among the U.S. government agencies that have a say on Exxon's waiver application, according to current and former U.S. officials." Full story.
SCHWARZMAN STANDS TO GAIN FROM POLICIES HE HELPED SHAPE: "Billionaire investor Steve Schwarzman's newfound status as a trusted outside adviser for President Donald Trump has created blurred lines in which the Blackstone CEO is offering guidance on policies that could boost the fortunes of his company and his personal wealth," POLITICO's Isaac Arnsdorf and Josh Dawsey report. "The starkest example was Trump's reversal last week on labeling China a currency manipulator - a central campaign pledge that could have dealt a major blow to U.S.-China relations."
- "While many factors likely played into Trump's decision, including the president's desire to encourage China to get tough on North Korea, it also followed extensive advice Schwarzman had given the president on the topic, warning Trump against such a move. Even if Schwarzman was acting in the capacity of an economic expert, those policy changes directly help Schwarzman's bottom line as CEO of Blackstone, the private equity giant. And Blackstone has gone so far as to warn its investors about the stakes of Trump's China policy. In a recent regulatory filing , Blackstone explicitly warned its investors that Trump's tough talk on China threatened to hurt Blackstone's portfolio." Full story.
RUBIO AIDE HEADS TO TECHNET: "Sen. Marco Rubio's longest-serving paid adviser, Alex Burgos, is leaving the Republican's Capitol Hill office to lobby and plot strategy for the technology industry," POLITICO Florida's Marc Caputo reports. "Burgos will officially begin work at TechNet - which bills itself as the 'national, bipartisan network of innovation economy CEOs and senior executives' - on April 25 as its vice president of federal policy, government relations, and communications. As Rubio's deputy chief of staff and communications director, Burgos spent eight years by his side under the glare of the national spotlight as a media handler and go-to adviser who became well-versed in the nitty gritty of complicated tax and technology policy - as well as an issue that particularly vexed the senator, immigration. TechNet is keenly interested in the debate over H1-B visas." Full story.
AHEAD OF THE FILINGS - CROSSROADS BRINGS IN $2.7 MILLION THIS QUARTER: Crossroads Strategies will report $2.7 million in lobbying income in the first quarter, according to the firm. That's up from just under $2 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and $1.9 million in the first quarter of 2016.
- Adam Lotspike has joined the California Life Sciences Association's Washington office as associate director for federal government relations. He was previously manager of federal affairs for the American Psychiatric Association.
- Wiley Rein has added William Lake as consulting counsel in the firm's telecom, media and technology practice. He was previously the head of the Federal Communications Commission's media bureau.
SPOTTED: At Glen Echo Group's fundraiser for Techdirt on Tuesday evening, according to two PI tipsters: Mike Masnick, Techdirt's founder; Josh Lamel of BGR Group; Laurent Crenshaw of Yelp; Gary Shapiro and Michael Petricone of the Consumer Technology Association; Maura Corbett of the Glen Echo Group; Elizabeth Frazee of TwinLogic Strategies; Andrew Shore of Jochum Shore & Trossevin; Jesse Blumenthal of the Charles Koch Institute; Chris Harrison of Sirius; Katie Oyama of Google; Chris Frates of Storyline (who sent out the very first edition of PI back in 2011); Jonathon Hauenschild of the American Legislative Exchange Council; Katie Peters of Pandora; Tim Sparapani of SPQR Strategies; Beau Phillips of Reset Public Affairs; Sasha Moss of the R Street Institute; Alan Inouye of the American Library Association; and Patrick Ruffini of Echelon Insights.
NEW JOINT FUNDRAISERS:
Moolenaar Victory Fund (John Moolenaar; Together United for Liberty, Integrity and Prosperity PAC; NRCC)
NEW LOBBYING REGISTRATIONS:
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld: Aurora Health Care
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld: Veterans Post-Traumatic Science and Policy Coalition
Brimley Group Inc.: National Council for Behavioral Health
Brookfield Renewable: Dentons US LLP
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP: Insperity Services, L.P.
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP: Sidley Austin LLP, on behalf of Vifor Pharma, Ltd
Chesapeake Enterprises: Partnership for Open & Fair Skies
Covington & Burling LLP: MGP Ingredients, Inc.
Cypress Advocacy, LLC: AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company
Dan Burton International LLC: ECM BioFilms, Inc., a corporation, also d/b/a Enviroplastics International
Federal Policy Group, LLC: S&P Global
Foley & Lardner LLP: FuelCell Energy, Inc.
Freemyer & Associates P.C.: Klondex Holdings Inc.
Geoffrey P. Gray: CoreLogic
Glenmark Pharmaceuticals: Glenmark Pharmaceuticals
Hogan Lovells US LLP: Fulcrum Bioenergy, Inc.
Hunton & Williams LLP: Agrium U.S. Inc.
Ice Miller LLP: Maximus Inc.
J M Burkman & Associates: Elite Care
J.A.Hill Group, LLC: American Library Association
Jones Walker, LLP: Industrial & Crane Services, Inc.
Lincoln Park Group L.L.C.: Google Inc.
Lincoln Park Group L.L.C.: Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, Inc.
Lucas | Compton, LLC formerly Madison Policy Group, LLC: Nossaman, LLP
McAllister & Quinn, LLC: Villanova University
Meguire Whitney, LLC: Northeast Public Power Association
Mercury: Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina
ML Strategies, LLC: American Network Of Community Options and Resources
ML Strategies, LLC: National Association of Counties
ML Strategies, LLC: The Jewish Federations of North America
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP: International Foodservice Distributors Association
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP: New York State Teamsters Conference Pension and Retirement Fund
Mullen Consulting LLC: BC Consulting, LLC on behalf of Border Trade Alliance
Navigators Global LLC (Formerly DC Navigators, LLC): U.S. Global Leadership Coalition
NVG, LLC: Habitat for Humanity International, Inc.
NVG, LLC: National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF)
NVG, LLC: The Food Trust
Ott Bielitzki & O'Neill PLLC: BioPorto Diagnostics A/S
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP: Euronet Worldwide, Inc.
Prasam: Tactical Air Support
Redstone Law Firm LLP: Granite Telecommunications, LLC
S-3 Group: FMR LLC
S-3 Group: VMware, Inc.
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.: HSN, Inc
Siekman and Siekman LLC: Transportation Research Center, LLC
Strategic Marketing Innovations: NanoRacks LLC
Strategic Marketing Innovations: Solid Power
The O Team LLC: Discovery Communications, LLC
The Petrizzo Group, Inc.: Starbucks Corporation
The Smith-Free Group, LLC: Walker & Dunlop Inc.
Theresa Pugh Consulting LLC: Florida Municipal Electric Assoc.
Wexler | Walker, a unit of Hill+Knowlton Strategies, LLC: Launchspace Technologies Corporation
Wexler | Walker, a unit of Hill+Knowlton Strategies, LLC: Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc.
NEW LOBBYING TERMINATIONS:
Alfred W. Cors, Jr: Retiresafe
American Defense International, Inc.: Positive ID Corporation
American Defense International, Inc.: Zaptec AS
Arent Fox LLP: Allergan PLC
Beveridge & Diamond PC: Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
Biersack Government Relations Team, LLC: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Birch, Horton, Bittner & Cherot: American Falconry Conservancy
Birch, Horton, Bittner & Cherot: Chenega Corporation
Birch, Horton, Bittner & Cherot: Denise and Ron VanAmburgh
Birch, Horton, Bittner & Cherot: UMIAQ
Capitol Counsel LLC: Blackhawk Network, Inc.
Cassidy & Associates, Inc. (formerly known as Cassidy & Associates): Fluor
CGCN Group, LLC (formerly known as Clark Geduldig Cranford & Nielsen, LLC): FMR LLC (Previously Reported As Fidelity Investments)
CGCN Group, LLC (formerly known as Clark Geduldig Cranford & Nielsen, LLC): Halliburton Company
CGCN Group, LLC (formerly known as Clark Geduldig Cranford & Nielsen, LLC): Mortgage Bankers Association
CGCN Group, LLC (formerly known as Clark Geduldig Cranford & Nielsen, LLC): ODS Technologies L.P. d/b/a TVG Network
CGCN Group, LLC (formerly known as Clark Geduldig Cranford & Nielsen, LLC): Talen Energy Supply LLC (Fka PPL Energy Supply LLC)
Cornerstone Government Affairs, LLC: Computer Science Education Coalition
David Turch & Assoc.: City Of Palmdale CA
Davis & Harman LLP: Business Roundtable
Duetto Group, LLC: Center for Innovation Foundation
ENS Resources, Inc.: Delta Diablo Sanitation District
Freemyer & Associates P.C.: North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California
Freemyer & Associates P.C.: Solidus Resources, LLC
FTI Government Affairs: Huntsville Hospital
FTI Government Affairs: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Gordon Parker: Bristol Bay Telephone Cooperative
Gray Global Advisors, LLC.: American Gas Association
Greenberg Traurig, LLP: Mead Johnson & Company, LLC
Greenberg Traurig, LLP: Robertson Fuel Systems, LLC
Hobart Hallaway & Quayle Ventures, LLC: Prospect Silicon Valley
Jenkins Hill Consulting, LLC: Cargo Global Holdings, Inc
Jenkins Hill Consulting, LLC: Radiation Therapy Alliance
Jenkins Hill Consulting, LLC: Sherman's 1400 Broadway NYC LTD.
Jenkins Hill Consulting, LLC: X Bomb Energy Drink
Jim Saxton, LLC: Emergent BioSolutions
Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, PLLC: Dell Inc.
Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, PLLC: Rackspace, Inc.
Kutak Rock LLP: City of Waukee, Iowa
Kutak Rock LLP: West Gate Bank/Arvest Bank
Leavitt Partners, LLC: Choices
Liberty Partners Group, LLC: Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare
McAllister & Quinn, LLC: Chestnut Hill College
McAllister & Quinn, LLC: GenoPATH
McAllister & Quinn, LLC: The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association
McDermott Will & Emery LLP: Huguley Consulting, LLC
Monument Policy Group, LLC: The Miller Firm
Nossaman LLP (Formerly Nossaman LLP/O'Connor & Hannan): Coyote Springs Investment LLC
Ogilvy Government Relations: Doctors Hospital at Renaissance
Park Strategies, LLC: The Loan Syndications and Trading Association
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP: Buchanan and Edwards
Potomac Partners DC: Compliance Management Services, LLC
Podesta Group, Inc.: SolarCity
Prime Policy Group: Airbus Americas Inc
Prime Policy Group: Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration
Rampy Northrup LLC: St. Jude Medical, Inc.
Tarplin, Downs & Young, LLC: Council For Medicare Integrity (Amer Coalition For Healthcare Claims Integrity)
The Ingram Group LLC: American Suntanning Association
The Ingram Group LLC: LeadsMarket.com
The Ingram Group LLC: Lowry Strategies (On behalf of Betafence USA)
The Ingram Group LLC: Planetary Resources, Inc.
The Madison Group: CenturyLink
Vitello Consulting: Tribal Diagnostics
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