By Theodoric Meyer | 10/10/2017 02:32 PM EDT
With David Beavers, Aubree Eliza Weaver and Daniel Lippman
PUERTO RICO TURNS TO K STREET FOR HELP: The Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico, the federal board created last year to help Puerto Rico get its finances under control, has hired Williams & Jensen to lobby the federal government for help after a pair of hurricanes devastated the island. J. Steven Hart, the firm's chairman, and seven other Williams & Jensen lobbyists will represent the island on "disaster relief and recovery efforts; Puerto Rico Medicaid funding; tax reform; economic development; transportation, energy and electricity; financial services; budget and appropriations," according to a disclosure filing.
- The oversight board isn't the only entity in Puerto Rico turning to Washington lobbyists for help. The Puerto Rico Telephone Company has hired Wiley Rein's Scott Weaver to lobby on disaster relief funding, according to a disclosure filing. Weaver previously lobbied for the company on other issues before the registration lapsed last year. A Puerto Rican medical school and a nonprofit based on the island have also hired lobbyists in the wake of the hurricanes, as PI noted on Friday.
- Another interesting filing: The Normandy Group has signed the Coalition for Fair Gaming, which is in a dispute with the National Indian Gaming Commission over technical standards for gambling machines. Former Rep. Henry Bonilla (R-Texas) is among the lobbyists are representing the coalition.
CASSIDY & ASSOCIATES SIGNS VERIZON: Cassidy & Associates has signed signed six new clients, including Verizon. The telecommunications giant's phalanx of Washington lobbying firms also includes Capitol Hill Consulting Group; Capitol Hill Strategies; Capitol Impact; Capitol Tax Partners; CGCN Group; Cove Strategies; Crossroads Strategies; D&D Strategies; DCI Group; Empire Consulting Group; Forbes Tate; Glover Park Group; Jones Group International; the Livingston Group; Mayer Brown; McGuireWoods Consulting; Mercury Strategies; Ogilvy Government Relations; Parry, Romani, DeConcini & Symms; Polaris Government Relations; Sextons Creek; Subject Matter; Twenty-First Century Group; and Wiley Rein. Cassidy's other new clients are American Rheinmetall Munitions, CKP Insurance, Marnell AK, Oakland Gateway Ventures and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
BOEING ADDS TAX LOBBYIST: Boeing is bringing on a new in-house tax lobbyist as the looming battle over tax reform gets closer. Curt Beaulieu will be Boeing's senior director for tax policy. He was previously senior counsel at Bracewell and before that served as tax counsel to the Senate Finance Committee.
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NEW DIGS FOR PRISM GROUP: The Prism Group has moved into new office space near the intersection of H Street and New York Avenue. The firm was previously located south of Dupont Circle, near the corner of 20th Street and M Street. "As we continue to expand our public affairs offerings, we're at the center of activity in Washington - two blocks from City Center and four blocks from The White House," Garrett Marquis, the firm's founder and managing partner, said in a statement. It's the latest lobbying firm on the move: Van Scoyoc Associates moved into new offices on the Southwest Waterfront last month, and Cornerstone Government Affairs is moving into the same development next year.
TRUMP LIFTS SANCTIONS ON SUDAN, GIVING SQUIRE PATTON BOGGS A VICTORY: From The Hill's Megan Wilson: "The Trump administration has decided to permanently lift some of the economic sanctions on Sudan, handing a victory to the country and its lobbyists. ... Sudan had previously been on President Trump's list of countries whose citizens were banned from flying to the United States. When the White House unveiled a revised ban last month, Sudan was no longer on the list - the only country to be removed." Sudan's government hired Squire Patton Boggs in May "for $40,000 per month to work on the sanctions issue and on an effort to 'improve Sudan's investment climate.'" Full story.
EQUIFAX RIVAL HIRES CGCN GROUP TO LOBBY ON CYBERSECURITY: TransUnion has hired CGCN Group, the plugged-in GOP lobbying firm, to lobby on cybersecurity as Equifax, one of its rival credit-reporting agencies, has been savaged by Democrats and Republicans alike for botching its response to a massive data breach. A spokesman for TransUnion told Recode's Tony Romm over the weekend that the company had "engaged additional lobbyists to help us monitor and respond to legislative and regulatory reaction to the Equifax breach announcement."
IF YOU MISSED IT THIS WEEKEND: "The first big move of Leah Vukmir's Senate campaign wasn't a traditional kick-off speech or a catchy web video, but a private audience with an influential billionaire," POLITICO's Maggie Severns and Kevin Robillard report. "Vukmir, a nurse and longtime Republican state legislator in Wisconsin, was only vaguely familiar with roofing magnate Diane Hendricks . But shortly before launching her Senate bid, Vukmir met with the megadonor and other businesspeople at a wood-paneled country club owned by Hendricks. After two hours hearing from Vukmir about her political beliefs and preliminary campaign plans, Hendricks stood up and told the soon-to-be candidate she had her support. Just like that, Vukmir had acquired this year's must-have Senate campaign accessory: a billionaire backer." Full story.
- Speaking of donors: "Longtime Republican donor Foster S. Friess said Monday that he is exploring a 2018 bid for U.S. Senate in Wyoming, making him the latest conservative figure to consider challenging Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), a low-key member of the leadership," The Washington Post's Robert Costa reports. Full story.
FIVE MINUTES WITH HEALY BAUMGARDNER: POLITICO's Daniel Lippman interviewed Healy Baumgardner, a former Donald Trump campaign staffer turned lobbyist, for Playbook's "Birthday of the Day" feature. Here's the full interview.
- Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas) has hired Kevin Boland as her communications director. He was previously a senior associate at the Glover Park Group.
- The National Defense Industrial Association has added Wesley Hallman, a retired Air Force colonel, as senior vice president for policy. He was previously the Air Force's chief legislative liaison to the House of Representatives.
- Cassie Williams starts this week as a communications associate at Nahigian Strategies. She was previously press secretary at the Federation for American Immigration Reform and is also a Republican National Committee alum.
NEW JOINT FUNDRAISERS:
Cumberland Health And Wellness PAC (PAC)
Democratic Conservation Alliance PAC (PAC)
Foreign Policy For America Action Fund (PAC)
HarveyRSpecter PAC (PAC)
The Debt Me Out Initiative (PAC)
NEW LOBBYING REGISTRATIONS:
BGR Government Affairs: Dickinson College
BGR Government Affairs: Energy Innovation Reform Project
BGR Government Affairs: Wine Institute
CapitalEdge Advocacy Inc. (formerly CapitalEdge Advocacy, LLC): Soquel Creek Water District
CGCN Group, LLC (formerly known as Clark Geduldig Cranford & Nielsen, LLC): TransUnion, LLC
Holland & Knight LLP: Delta Star, Inc.
Holland & Knight LLP: International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials
The Ingram Group LLC: Blyncsy, Inc.
The McKeon Group, Inc.: CAST
The Normandy Group, LLC: American Association of State Colleges and Universities
The Normandy Group, LLC: The Coalition for Fair Gaming
Williams and Jensen, PLLC: Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico
NEW LOBBYING TERMINATIONS:
Carliner Strategies LLC: Lockheed Martin Corporation
CarterMcClean LLC: Maritime Applied Physics Corporation
Fidelis Government Relations: General Dynamics
Fidelis Government Relations: Ngai Nguyen
Health and Medicine Counsel of Washington: Crohn's & Colitis Foundation (Formerly Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Of America)
Health and Medicine Counsel of Washington: The National Pancreas Foundation
Holland & Knight LLP: Bissell Homecare, Inc.
Holland & Knight LLP: DOF Subsea USA, Inc.
Holland & Knight LLP: Solmetex, LLC
James Edwards: U.S. Business & Industry Council
Lincoln Park Group L.L.C.: Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, Inc.
Markley and Company: City Of Hoonah Alaska
Packard Government Affairs: Vista Irrigation District
Parry, Romani, Deconcini & Symms: Sanofi US Services Inc (Formerly Known As Sanofi-Aventis U S Inc )
Parry, Romani, Deconcini & Symms: Sicpa Securink Corp
Robison International, Inc.: Custom Manufacturing & Engineering
Ryberg and Smith, L.L.C.: Altantic Coffee Solutions [sic]
Smith Dawson & Andrews: City Of Hesperia
Stanton Park Group: Insignia Health
Trimpa Group, LLC: Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, Inc
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