By Theodoric Meyer | 12/04/2017 02:33 PM EDT
With David Beavers, Aubree Eliza Weaver and Daniel Lippman
FORMER PODESTA, BGR LOBBYISTS START NEW FIRM: "Two more former lobbyists from the Podesta Group are striking out on their own after Tony Podesta's firm imploded last month," POLITICO's Theodoric Meyer reports. "The lobbyists, Oscar Ramirez and Dana Thompson, are teaming up with Josh Lamel, who recently left BGR Group, to start InSight Public Affairs. Ramirez and Thompson had originally planned to join Cogent Strategies, the new firm that the Podesta Group's longtime Chief Executive Kimberley Fritts started last month . Their pictures were included on the firm's website when it launched. 'From a client-service perspective and an everyday work perspective, it seemed natural' to join Cogent, Thompson said in an interview on Friday."
- "But Thompson and Ramirez continued to consider their next moves in the wake of the Podesta Group's collapse and decided they'd rather start a firm of their own. They teamed with Lamel, who had left the BGR Group, a top Washington lobbying firm, in October with plans to open a shop of his own. ... InSight Public Affairs will do lobbying and other public affairs work for a variety of clients with a focus on the tech and telecommunications sectors. 'A large chunk of our business is going to be working with clients that are part of the innovation economy,' Ramirez said, including the clean energy industry, tech startups and financial and educational technology firms.'"
- "Ramirez and Thompson lobbied for several of the same clients at the Podesta Group, according to disclosure records, including Airbnb, Lyft and T-Mobile. The two have already signed another former Podesta client, a trade group called Career Education Colleges and Universities. Lamel, meanwhile, will continue working with the Re:Create Coalition, which advocates on copyright issues." Full story.
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DONOHUE TAPS SHAY: Matthew Shay, the president and chief executive of the National Retail Federation, will be the chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Association Committee of 100, Tom Donohue, the Chamber's president and chief executive, said on Monday morning at a Committee of 100 meeting in San Diego. Susan Neely, the head of the American Beverage Association, has served as chairman for the past five years.
HOW CREDIT UNIONS KEPT THEIR TAX BREAK: The credit union "industry recorded $9.6 billion in net income last year that wasn't subject to corporate income tax," The Wall Street Journal's Ryan Tracy reports. "That has made it a thorn in the side of banks, which must pay the tax and have for years been lobbying to kill the exemption by arguing it gives credit unions an unfair advantage. But credit unions have kept themselves off the chopping block as lawmakers scurried to find tax breaks to eliminate to help fund an overhaul of the tax code, making it a case study on why the tax code is so hard to rewrite." Full story.
STAFFERS WHO STOLE DONOR INFORMATION OUT AT NRSC: "Two fundraising staffers for the National Republican Senatorial Committee who broke into the computer servers of the House GOP campaign arm resigned late last week, Republican sources told POLITICO," POLITICO's Kevin Robillard reports. "The staffers, Laura Kleffner and Krista Madaio, had previously worked at the National Republican Congressional Committee. Three Republican sources said last week that the NRSC aides used their old NRCC passwords to collect information on more than 200,000 donors. The digital break-in infuriated NRCC officials when they became aware of it in October." Full story.
MARS LEAVES GROCERY MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION: Mars, Inc., one of the largest privately held food companies in the United States, will not renew its membership with the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the company confirmed Friday," POLITICO's Helena Bottemiller Evich and Catherine Boudreau report. "'At this time, we believe we can more effectively drive our business objectives and meaningful progress for our categories and consumers by working with other like-minded companies and through other sector-specific trade associations and collaborations,' the company said in a statement, in response to questions about its status in the trade association." Full story.
THE PLAYBOOK POWER LIST: 18 TO WATCH IN 2018: The final Playbook Power List of the year highlights 18 politicians, activists and operatives across the country who are poised to make waves in 2018. From the anti-Trump "Resistance" on the left to the far right Bannonite wing trying to remake the GOP, keep an eye on these people over the next 12 months. Click HERE to find out who made the list.
WHAT HAPPENED TO MANAFORT: Corey Lewandowski has a piece in POLITICO Magazine that's excerpted from the new book he wrote with David Bossie, "Let Trump Be Trump." Here's his account of how Donald Trump decided to fire Paul Manafort: As Trump was about to go onstage at rally in Charlotte, N.C., a "friend showed him a printout of an AP story written by Jeff Horwitz and Chad Day."
- "Based on emails that the AP had obtained, the story described Manafort running 'a covert Washington lobbying operation on behalf of Ukraine's ruling political party, attempting to sway American public opinion in favor of the country's pro-Russian government.' It also said that Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, had 'never disclosed their work as foreign agents as required under federal law.' 'Tell Jared to fire him,' Trump said." Full story.
- Denise Forte has joined the Century Foundation as a senior fellow. She was previously the staff director for the House Education and Workforce Committee's minority staff.
- A round of promotions at the International Franchise Association: Suzanne Beall is now vice president of government relations and public policy; Erica Farage has been promoted to vice president of political affairs and grassroots advocacy; Jeff Hanscom is now vice president of state government relations and public policy; Lynette James is now senior director of sponsorships and exhibits; Ryan Kennedy is now senior manager of public affairs and grassroots advocacy; Courtney Moore is now a senior marketing manager; Patrick Pitts is now coordinator for international affairs; and Andie Snider is now senior director for conferences and meetings.
SPOTTED: At a book party hosted by Juleanna Glover and Christopher Reiter in their Kalorama home for Brink Lindsey and Steve Teles' new book, "The Captured Economy: How the Powerful Enrich Themselves, Slow Down Growth, and Increase Inequality," according to a PI tipster: Shoshana Weissmann of the R Street Institute; Abdulwahab al-Hajjri, the former Yemeni ambassador to the U.S.; Gloria Dittus of Story Partners; Margaret Sullivan and Tom Toles of The Washington Post; Neera Tanden of the Center for American Progress; Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute; Bruce Bartlett; David Chavern of the News Media Alliance; Ryan Williams of FP1 Strategies, Tina Nguyen of Vanity Fair; Mona Charen; Michael Hirsh; Soroush Shehabi of the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans; Nancy Bagley of Washington Life; Jerry Taylor, Maura Flynn and Joe Coon of the Niskanen Center; Edward-Isaac Dovere of POLITICO; Gordon Cummings of the National Taxpayers Union; Jamie Kirchick of the Brookings Institution; Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy Research; Tim Lee of Ars Technica; Idrees Kahloon of The Economist and Max Pappas of Google.
ON THE CALENDAR: The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Association will be handing out free breakfast tacos outside Tortilla Coast on Capitol Hill on Tuesday morning between 8 and 10 a.m. to celebrate the 86th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition.
NEW JOINT FUNDRAISERS:
Bikers For The President PAC (PAC)
House Freedom Action (Super PAC)
Its the Rent Stupid [sic] (PAC)
Making America Great PAC (PAC)
NEW LOBBYING REGISTRATIONS:
Adams and Reese, LLP: Metro Govt of Nashville and Davidson County
Bracewell LLP: Williams Companies
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP: American Indian Health & Services
Capitol Counsel, LLC: Brian Wishneff and Associates
Chris Parandian Consulting, LLC: AREVA, Inc.
Husch Blackwell, LLP: Stueve Siegel Hanson
Parry, Romani, Deconcini & Symms: Brandt Miles
The Glover Park Group LLC: YPF S.A
Van Heuvelen Strategies, LLC: 21st Century School Fund
NEW LOBBYING TERMINATIONS:
American Defense International, Inc.: SK Telecom Co., Ltd.
Earth & Water Group: Simkins River Farms
Heidepriem & Associates, LLC: American Optometric Association
Veritas, LLC: ACKC, Action to Cure Kidney Cancer
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