By Theodoric Meyer | 04/20/2017 02:30 PM EDT
With David Beavers and Aubree Eliza Weaver
BOSWELL JOINING AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT: Kristi Boswell, the American Farm Bureau Federation's director of congressional relations, is joining the Agriculture Department as a senior adviser to Agriculture Secretary-designee Sonny Perdue starting May 1, according to email from Boswell announcing the move, which was obtained by POLITICO. She'll be working on labor and immigration issues. Her last day at the federation, where she is a registered lobbyist, is on Wednesday. Boswell did not respond to a request for comment. Under the Trump administration's ethics rules, she may require a waiver to work on any issues that she previously lobbied on.
PAONE RETURNS TO PRIME POLICY GROUP: Marty Paone is rejoining Prime Policy Group as a senior adviser, the firm announced today. He was previously Senate liaison and deputy assistant for legislative affairs in the Obama administration. His lobbying clients from his previous stint at Prime Policy Group included the National School Transportation Association, the United Motorcoach Association, Google, IBM and the National Restaurant Association.
LEWANDOWSKI'S FIRM LOSES FIRST CLIENT: Avenue Strategies, the lobbying firm founded by President Donald Trump's first campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, and Barry Bennett after the election, signed Flow Health Inc., a San Francisco medical data firm, in February as its first lobbying client. Now Flow Health is parting ways with the firm, according to a disclosure filing. Bennett and Mike Rubino lobbied the Department of Veterans Affairs for Flow Health, and the company paid them $50,000 in the first quarter. Avenue continues to represent three other lobbying clients.
CARDIOLOGIST HIRES LOBBYIST TO HELP HIM SNAG AMBASSADORSHIP: Ngai Nguyen, a cardiologist in San Jose, Calif., hired Fidelis Government Relations this month to lobby on "State Department Personnel and Appointment issues," according to a disclosure filing. His goal: to become President Donald Trump's ambassador to Vietnam. Nguyen, a Vietnamese-American, described himself in an interview as a longtime Republican and a Trump supporter "from the beginning." While he hasn't given as much as the top bundlers who typically snag ambassadorships, Nguyen gave more than $2,200 to Trump's joint fundraising committee last year, although he donated to Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush during the primaries.
- Nguyen was connected to Fidelity's Terry Allen through his nephew, who's a lobbyist in California, he said. He took the step of hiring a lobbyist in part because he's has been jailed in Vietnam in the past for working on democracy and human rights issues. "The Vietnamese government won't be happy to see my application," he said.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO PI: PI usually leaves the birthdays to Playbook, but we're making an exception for our own. Chris Frates sent the very first edition of PI six years ago today. He wrote PI for two months before decamping for National Journal. Mike Allen stepped in to write several editions before Anna Palmer (now of Playbook fame) and Dave Levinthal (now at the Center for Public Integrity) took over, followed by Byron Tau (now at The Wall Street Journal), Tarini Parti (now at BuzzFeed News) and Isaac Arnsdorf (who's still at POLITICO ), with guest authors filling in from time to time.
- The first edition featured an eerily prescient item (I am not making this up) called "LINE OF THE DAY" that read: "From a Republican lobbyist upon receiving an email from the RNC that Donald Trump will attend a May 6 fundraiser at Trump National Golf Course: 'This is a sign of the apocalypse.'" Other boldfaced names from the first edition: Matt Blunt of the American Automotive Policy Council; Rich Gold of Holland & Knight; Jonathon Jones of Peck Madigan Jones and Stewart (now styled Peck Madigan Jones); and Jamie Brown Hantman (who had just started the JBH Group).
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AHEAD OF THE FILINGS - BROWNSTEIN HYATT, CASSIDY & ASSOCIATES, FORBES TATE'S FIRST-QUARTER NUMBERS: Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck will report more than $6.6 million in first-quarter lobbying revenue, down slightly from $6.7 million in the first quarter of 2016. Cassidy & Associates, meanwhile, will report more than $3.3 million in first quarter revenue, up from $3 million in the first quarter of 2016. And Forbes Tate will report more than $2.4 million in lobbying revenue, up slightly from just under $2.4 million in the first quarter of 2016. (The last four quarters have been Forbes Tate's highest-grossing ever, according to the firm.)
DOW PUSHING TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO IGNORE PESTICIDE STUDY: "Dow Chemical is pushing a Trump administration open to scrapping regulations to ignore the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species," The Associated Press' Michael Biesecker reports. "Lawyers representing Dow, whose CEO is a close adviser to Trump, and two other manufacturers of organophosphates sent letters last week to the heads of three of Trump's Cabinet agencies. The companies asked them "to set aside" the results of government studies the companies contend are fundamentally flawed. Dow Chemical wrote a $1 million check to help underwrite Trump's inaugural festivities, and its chairman and CEO, Andrew Liveris, heads a White House manufacturing working group." Full story.
AN INTRIGUING INAUGURAL COMMITTEE DONOR: "A $900,000 donation [to Donald Trump's inaugural committee] came in December from Avenue Ventures, a California-based boutique money management firm founded by the entrepreneur Imaad Zuberi," The New York Times' Nicholas Confessore, Nicholas Fandos and Rachel Shorey report. "Mr. Zuberi was a top fund-raiser for President Barack Obama and for Hillary Clinton 's 2016 presidential campaign. Mr. Zuberi was also paid millions of dollars to work in Washington on behalf of the scandal-plagued government of Sri Lanka and its central bank, work he did not initially disclose to the Justice Department as required by federal law, according to a report in Foreign Policy magazine."
- "Mr. Zuberi is now making inroads in Mr. Trump's circle. After making the donation, he earned a coveted spot at the Chairman's Global Dinner, a pre-inauguration, black-tie gathering intended to introduce the incoming president to the foreign diplomatic corps. A photo from the event shows Mr. Zuberi in conversation with Mr. Trump and other guests." Full story.
MEANWHILE, IN CHICAGO: "The Chicago Board of Ethics on Wednesday found there is probable cause that eight more individuals and the companies they represented broke the city's lobbying laws for actions revealed in Mayor Rahm Emanuel's personal emails - a substantial expansion of the number of potential lobbying violations now under review," The Chicago Tribune's Bill Ruthhart reports. "The sharp increase in cases follows a Chicago Tribune report last month that found Emanuel's personal email accounts have served as a private avenue of influence for lobbyists, corporate executives and campaign donors who sought action from - or access to - the mayor. The Tribune found 26 possible instances where individuals contacted the mayor or city officials but did not register as a lobbyist or report that contact to the ethics board." Full story.
- POLITICO's Alex Byers is leaving for the Glover Park Group, where he'll be a director of strategic communications, working on technology, media and telecommunications issues. He starts on Monday. He's been at POLITICO for seven years, including the past five as a tech reporter. We'll miss you, Alex!
- Fresenius Medical Care has added Susan Zook as vice president of government affairs. She was previously senior director of government affairs at Aetna.
- John Rah has joined DLA Piper's Washington office as a partner in the firm's litigation practice. He was previously a partner at Morgan Lewis.
- Blue Cross Blue Shield Association has promoted Amanda Therrian to executive Washington representative. She was previously senior policy manager.
SPOTTED: At a congressional staff happy hour last night at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck's offices, according to a PI tipster: Eli Joseph and Ryan Donovan of the Credit Union National Association; Joe Harris of the National Association of Realtors; Meredith Mull of PricewaterhouseCoopers; George Shevlin of the Investment Company Institute; Mary Kate Cunningham of the American Society of Association Executives; Megan Hannigan of PayPal; Sam Beaver of the Senate Finance Committee; Joe Carapiet of the Senate Banking Committee; Bill Hulse of Rep. Randy Hultgren's office; Ernie Jolly of Rep. Gregory Meeks' office; Noah Marine of Rep. Ed Perlmutter's office; Greg Sunstrum of Rep. Debbie Dingell's office; Ricky Le of Rep. Eric Swalwell's office; Tanner Daniel of Rep. David Scott's office; Aaron Schmidt of Rep. Suzan DelBene's office; Jennifer Shapiro of Rep. Emanuel Cleaver's office; Jennifer Storipan of Rep. Joyce Beatty's office; and Andrew Rothe of Sen. Mike Rounds' office.
NEW JOINT FUNDRAISERS:
McConnell Victory Committee (Mitch McConnell, Bluegrass Committee, NRSC)
Accountants For America (Super PAC)
Campaign For Competitive Elections (Super PAC)
East Bay Animal PAC (PAC)
Partnership For Medicaid Home-Based Care PAC (PAC)
NEW LOBBYING REGISTRATIONS:
ADS Ventures, Inc.: Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld: Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld: Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine
Alcalde & Fay: True Organic Products, Inc.
American Defense International, Inc.: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
American Defense International, Inc.: Fortuna Fix
American Defense International, Inc.: MCM Technology, LLC
Arena Strategies, LLC: Independence Blue Cross
BGR Government Affairs: Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings
BGR Government Affairs: Northfork Strategies, LLC (on behalf of Solix Inc.)
BGR Government Affairs: Pharma & Biopharma Outsourcing Association
Capitol Counsel, LLC: Nurse-Family Partnership
Cardinal Infrastructure: Hanson Bridgett LLP for Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board
Cornerstone Government Affairs, LLC: Federal Solutions, LLC obo Camgian Microsystems
Cultural Heritage Partners, LLC: Coalition for American Heritage (Informal Coalition)
Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting (f/k/a FaegreBD Consulting): Coalition for Pediatric Medical Research
Husch Blackwell, LLP: Franklin Savings Corporation
Husch Blackwell, LLP: JTPI, LLC
JMH Group, formerly Jamian Mcelroy & Hamlin, LLC: Graphika, Inc.
McAllister & Quinn, LLC: Main Line Health System
Northstate Youth Alliance Incoporated: lliana rural youth [sic]
Podesta Group, Inc.: National Association for the Education of Young Children
Polsinelli PC: Peabody Energy Inc.
Prime Policy Group: Alkermes, Inc
Prime Policy Group: Bridge Investment Group
Prime Policy Group: International Dairy Foods Association
Prime Policy Group: National Public Relations
Prime Policy Group: North Carolina Hospital Association
Prime Policy Group: San Mar
Prime Policy Group: Service Year Alliance
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.: Geeknet, Inc
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.: Mueller Sports Medicine, Inc.
Sorini, Samet & Associates, LLC: Newell Brands Inc.
Squire Patton Boggs: Management and Training Corporation
Strategies 360: Bristol Bay Native Corporation
Strategies 360: STEM Revolution
TCK International, LLC: DLA Piper (for Furie Operating Alaska, LLC)
The Chwat Group: American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
The Keelen Group, LLC: American Federation of Government Employees
The Roosevelt Group: Bi-State Regional Commission - Quad Cities Defense Alliance
The Smith-Free Group: Walker & Dunlop Inc.
Urban Swirski & Associates, LLC: American Federation for Children
Wexler | Walker, a unit of Hill+Knowlton Strategies, LLC: Mortgage Bankers Association
NEW LOBBYING TERMINATIONS:
A1.9 Strategies LLC: Cornerstone Government Affairs obo Stupp Bros.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld: American Investment Council
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld: Denver International Airport
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld: Magna Services of America
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld: Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
Arent Fox LLP: Katena Products, Inc.
Arent Fox LLP: Tupperware Brands Corporation
Armitage Consulting, LLC: Lowry Strategies (On Behalf of Betafence USA)
Avenue Strategies: Flow Health Inc.
Blank Rome Government Relations: Network Innovations
Blank Rome Government Relations: Response Industry Coalition
Bose Public Affairs Group: Electro-Spec, LLC
Bracewell LLP: Chicken of the Sea International
Brimley Group Inc.: National Alliance on Mental Illness
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP: JANA Partners LLC
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP: Noranda Aluminum
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC: HealthPlanCRM LLC d/b/a Cavulus
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC: Pharmaceutical Associates, Inc.
Capitol Counsel, LLC: Blackhawk Network, Inc.
Capitol Counsel, LLC: Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc.
Capitol Counsel, LLC: Golden Living
Capitol Counsel, LLC: Westfield LLC
Capitol Decisions, Inc.: Residential Eating Disorders Consortium
Capitol Strategies, LLC: Arizona Commerce Authority
Capitol Strategies, LLC: Sockwise, Inc
Cardinal Point Partners: Innoventor
Cassidy & Associates, Inc.: Fluor
Cassidy & Associates, Inc.: Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
Cassidy & Associates, Inc.: Tri Alpha Energy
Cassidy & Associates, Inc.: Waterton Global Resource Management
Cassidy & Associates, Inc.: Western Exploration
Cornerstone Government Affairs Inc: American Council of Independent Laboratories
Cornerstone Government Affairs Inc: Computer Science Education Coalition
Cornerstone Government Affairs Inc: H&R Block
Cornerstone Government Affairs Inc: Institute of Food Technologists
Covington & Burling LLP: Alkermes, Inc.
Crossroads Strategies, LLC: Caron Treatment Centers
Crossroads Strategies, LLC: Washington Council on International Trade (WCIT)
Daryl Owen Associates, Inc: Bechtel National Inc
Daryl Owen Associates, Inc: Bechtel Power Corporation
Davis & Harman LLP: Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
Dentons US LLP: Evansville Western Railway, Inc.
Empire Consulting Group: Aetna Inc.
Empire Consulting Group: Celgene Corporation
Ernst & Young LLP (Washington Council Ernst & Young): Biomass Power Association
Ernst & Young LLP (Washington Council Ernst & Young): Health Management Systems, Inc.
Etherton and Associates, Inc.: Accenture Federal Services
GovBiz Advantage, Inc.: Keiser University
Greenberg Traurig, LLP: Israeli-American Coalition for Action
Greenberg Traurig, LLP: Netafim USA
Greenberg Traurig, LLP: Textron Systems Corporation
Guida, Slavich & Flores, P.C.: Apria Healthcare LLC
Hecht Latham Spencer & Associates, Inc., formerly known as Hecht Spencer & Assoc: 3M Company
Hogan Lovells US LLP: Irvine Company LLC
Hogan Lovells US LLP: Veterans Park Conservancy
Holland & Knight LLP: America'S Essential Hospitals
International Business-Government Counsellors, Inc. [aka IBC]: Lanzess Corporation
International Business-Government Counsellors, Inc. [aka IBC]: Syngenta America, Inc.
J.A. Green and Company (formerly LLC): Software AG Government Solutions, Inc.
J.C. Watts Companies: Tarrant Regional Water District
Jim Massie & Partners, LLC: Booz Allen Hamilton
J M Burkman & Associates: Akouba Inc
J M Burkman & Associates: Alteris Advisers
J M Burkman & Associates: Corigin
J M Burkman & Associates: Southwind Capital LLC
J M Burkman & Associates: Stevenson Food Concepts LLC
J M Burkman & Associates: Versed
JMH Group, formerly Jamian McElroy & Hamlin, LLC: ATC Materials
JTK Consulting, LLC: Capitol Strategies, LLC (Arizona Commerce Authority)
JTK Consulting, LLC: Capitol Strategies, LLC (on behalf of Sockwise, Inc)
K&L Gates LLP: Blanchard Training And Development Inc
K&L Gates LLP: Bloom Energy Corporation
King & Spalding LLP: Conceivex, Inc.
Kyle House Group: CARE Action Now, Inc
Mabry Public Affairs LLC: Ultra Electronics Advanced Tactical Systems
Manatt, Phelps, and Phillips: Baxter Healthcare
Manatt, Phelps, and Phillips: Minnesota Society of Anesthesiologists
Manatt, Phelps, and Phillips: Multnomah County Drainage District #1
Manatt, Phelps, and Phillips: Starkist
McAllister & Quinn, LLC: Hypres
McAllister & Quinn, LLC: Walsh University
Miller & Chevalier, Chtd: Pulte Home Corp
MJ Capitol Consulting, LLC: Access
MKW Group, LLC: Aveiro, LP
ML Strategies, LLC: Bridge to Renewables
ML Strategies, LLC: Deepwater Wind, LLC
ML Strategies, LLC: Dominion
ML Strategies, LLC: Suddenlink Communications
Mr. Gary Hoitsma: Carmen Group on behalf of Cohen Compnaies [sic]
Ms. Elizabeth Lavach: Flir Detection Inc (Formerly Know As Icx Technologies Inc /Flir
Ms. Michelle Richardson: Electronic Frontier Foundation
MSLGroup Americas, Inc., d/b/a Qorvis
MSLGroup: PAA Public Affairs Advisors (on behalf of Sterigenics LLC)
MWW Group: BioReference Laboratories, Inc.
Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough: BCO, Inc.
Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough: Curry College
Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough: mZeal
Park Strategies, LLC: The Juice Press, LLC
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP: American Family Mutual Insurance Company (Formerly American Family Insurance)
Preti, Flaherty, Beliveau & Pachios, Chartered, LLP: Food Democracy Action
Prime Policy Group: ACU Strategy Partners, LLC
Robertson, Monagle, & Eastaugh PC (formelry known at Hoffman, Silver, Gilman and: Ketchikan Public Utilities [sic]
Runyan Public Affairs, LLC: R. R. Donnelley & Sons Co.
Smith Dawson & Andrews: Forest Preserve District of Will County
Smith Dawson & Andrews: Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois
Squire Patton Boggs: High Negotiations Committee of the Syrian Opposition
Squire Patton Boggs: Neustar, Inc.
Squire Patton Boggs: Shipcom Wireless
Steptoe & Johnson LLP: TracFone Wireless, Inc.
Strategies 360: Capitol Counsel LLC on behalf of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc.
Strategies 360: Summit Power Group, Inc.
Summit Strategies Government Affairs LLC: VH Strategies LLC
Summit Strategies Government Affairs LLC: Moda Health
Summit Strategies Government Affairs LLC: Pacific Seafood Group
Texas Hospital Association: Texas Hospital Association
The Glover Park Group LLC: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP
The Glover Park Group LLC: Bloomberg, L.P.
The Glover Park Group LLC: Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas
The Glover Park Group LLC: Liberman Broadcasting
The Outlaw Group: American Tinnitus Association
The Raben Group: Airbnb
The Raben Group: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
theGROUP DC, LLC: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Thompson Coburn LLP: ACUTA, The Assoc. For Information Communications Technology Prof. in Higher Ed.
Thompson Coburn LLP: Ranchers for Protection of SRHA Property (an informal coalition)
Thompson Coburn LLP: Ranku, Inc.
Thompson Coburn LLP: Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association
Twenty-First Century Group, Inc.: Infrastructure Networks, LLC
Upstream Consulting, Inc.: Verifone
Van Scoyoc Associates: Fabiani & Company (Keya, Inc.)
Van Scoyoc Associates: Florida Institute of Oceanography
Van Scoyoc Associates: GL Homes Corporation of Florida
Van Scoyoc Associates: Iomax USA Inc (Formerly Known As Iomax Management Group)
Van Scoyoc Associates: Kronos Incorporated
Van Scoyoc Associates: National Association of Clean Water Agencies
Van Scoyoc Associates: Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Van Scoyoc Associates: VesselVanguard
Venable LLP: Native American Rights Fund on Behalf of The Klamath Tribes
Venable LLP: Native American Rights Fund on Behalf of The Tule River Tribe
West Front Strategies LLC: Sunrun Inc.
Wexler | Walker, a unit of Hill+Knowlton Strategies, LLC: Canadian Standards Association, Operating as CSA Group
Williams and Jensen, PLLC: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP (Formerly AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals Group)
XO Communications: XO Communicationsstty
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