By Theodoric Meyer | 10/11/2017 03:12 PM EDT
With David Beavers and Aubree Eliza Weaver
TWITTER LOBBYIST JUMPS TO NETWORK ADVERTISING INITIATIVE: Will Carty is leaving Twitter's Washington office to join the Network Advertising Initiative, an online advertising trade group, next week as vice president for public policy. He previously spent five years as Twitter's director of public policy and served as its only registered lobbyist after Amanda Faulkner decamped for Google earlier this year. Carty is also a veteran of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
MERCURY ADDS GARCIA: Former Rep. Joe Garcia (D-Fla.), who lost a comeback challenge to GOP Rep. Carlos Curbelo last year, is joining Mercury's Miami office as co-chairman, POLITICO Florida's Marc Caputo reports. Garcia's "extensive policy experience will be invaluable as we expand our footprint in Miami, and across the Sunshine State," Ashley Walker, a Mercury partner, said in a statement. Garcia is the second former member to join the firm this year; former Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) came aboard weeks after leaving the Senate and has signed a number of clients.
INVARIANT SIGNS AIG: Heather Podesta and Mary Stanton of Invariant have signed the American International Group, for which they'll lobby on insurance and cybersecurity. Invariant is the first outside lobbying firm the insurance giant - which was seized by the federal government nine years ago as part of an $85 billion bailout - has hired since 2015, when it parted ways with Ernst & Young and Squire Patton Boggs. The company spent $220,000 on lobbying in the second quarter.
PUERTO RICO OVERSIGHT BOARD ADDS ANOTHER: 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 a second lobbying firm to help secure federal aid after two hurricanes hammered the island. Tripp and Jennifer Baird of Off Hill Strategies will lobby on "disaster relief and recovery efforts," among other issues. PI reported on Tuesday that the board had signed Williams & Jensen.
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GAO ISSUES TRANSITION REPORT: The Government Accountability Office has made public a report requested by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, and Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on President Donald Trump 's transition. The GAO didn't get much help from the White House with the report. "Because several leaders of the Trump-Pence Transition Team moved to the Executive Office of the President following the inauguration, we contacted the White House Counsel to solicit the perspective of the Trump-Pence Transition Team on information and services made available and provided to them during the transition and obtain additional information on the transition," according to the report. "They did not respond to requests for an interview." Neither did Vice President Mike Pence's office.
- Cummings bashed the administration for not cooperating with the GAO, The Hill's Megan Wilson reports. Carper, Warren and Cummings are introducing legislation designed to beef up presidential transition laws. Here's the full report.
- Meanwhile: "The federal government's top ethics officer sent a letter to all federal agencies late last week warning that he is 'deeply concerned that the actions of some in government leadership have harmed perceptions about the importance of ethics,'" The New York Times' Eric Lipton reports. "He urged all federal workers to redouble their commitment to acting honorably. The letter from David J. Apol, named acting head of the Office of Government Ethics in July by President Trump, does not include specifics about what actions by Trump administration employees have elevated his concerns." Full story.
MORE FUNDRAISERS FOR ZINKE: "Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has attended at least two additional political fundraisers while traveling for official business, including a weekend ski getaway less than three weeks after he was sworn in that donors paid up to $3,000 to attend, according to sources and documents reviewed by POLITICO," POLITICO's Esther Whieldon and Ben Lefebvre report. "Zinke's previously undisclosed attendance at the events adds to scrutiny he is facing over his habit of mixing political activities with official business when traveling outside of Washington, D.C., and to questions over travel expenses incurred by members of President Donald Trump's Cabinet." The Justice Department has been investigating Zinke's combined travel and political activities. Full story.
BAUCUS, LUGAR WORKING WITH FARM GROUP: Former Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) have teamed with the American Farm Bureau Federation "to form a new group, Farmers for Free Trade, that will seek to mobilize farmers nationwide as a force for supporting existing and future trade deals," POLITICO's Adam Behsudi reports. "As NAFTA remains under threat and uncertainty clouds U.S. trade policy in Asia, the group will focus on farming communities and rural towns in all 50 states to call attention to the importance of trade to farmers and the rural economy." Full story.
McMORRIS RODGERS HIRES FUNDRAISING FIRM: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), the No. 4 Republican in the House, has hired Gula Graham, the Republican fundraising firm run by Mike Gula and Jon Graham, to handle her PAC fundraising. "I'm thrilled to have Mike and Jon join my team," McMorris Rodgers said in a statement. "Their proven record of success will be a tremendous asset as I help my colleagues and the NRCC be in the strongest position possible in 2018."
MEHLMAN'S LATEST: Bruce Mehlman of Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas sent out his signature quarterly PowerPoint to clients this morning, explaining the political climate using a range of data. It's an abbreviated version of the one sent out last week highlighting the parallels between the Gilded Age and today, which got pickup from The Washington Post and the Cook Political Report.
- "Vice President Mike Pence's former chief of staff and longtime aide Josh Pitcock has landed a new job at the tech giant Oracle, according to two people briefed on the hire," POLITICO's Nancy Cook and Anna Palmer report. He'll be a vice president of government affairs.
- The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, the conservative-leaning watchdog group, has promoted Kendra Arnold to executive director. She was previously the group's general counsel. She replaces Matthew Whitaker, who left to become Attorney General Jeff Sessions' chief of staff.
- Tara Emory Mingledorff has joined American Private Radio, which bills itself as a conservative alternative to NPR, as vice president of development. She was previously the finance director and an adviser at the Club for Growth.
- Crosscut Strategies has added Abigail Fredenburg as a director working with the firm's health care and tech clients and Marcus Reese as a senior adviser. Fredenburg was previously a managing account supervisor at Ketchum. Reese was an independent consultant.
- Planned Parenthood has promoted Beth Lynk to assistant director of federal advocacy communications for both Planned Parenthood and Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
- Retired Col. Butch Kievenaar has joined the Jewish Institute for National Security of America as chief operating officer. He was previously chief of staff for the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization.
- Liam Donovan has joined Bracewell as a lobbyist specializing in tax, infrastructure and energy issues, per Morning Energy. "He comes from the Associated Builders and Contractors where he was a senior director of legislative and political affairs."
ON THE CALENDAR:
- The Alliance of Safe Online Pharmacies and Faegre Baker Daniels will present Reps. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) and Gene Green (D-Texas) and the National Association of State Boards of Pharmacy with the Global Patient Safety Award at a reception this afternoon in the Cannon House Office Building.
NEW JOINT FUNDRAISERS:
Heinrich & Hirono for Senate Victory (Lobo PAC, Pineapple PAC)
Champions for Christ PAC (PAC)
Imperium (Super PAC)
Liberate California (Unknown)
Lobby Corp. (Super PAC)
VGM Group Inc PAC (VGM PAC) (Super PAC)
Vote Greenly (Super PAC)
NEW LOBBYING REGISTRATIONS:
Aaron Lopez: Pine Pharmaceuticals
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP: NexCore Group
Capitol Advocacy Partners: National Association of Charter School Authorizers
Cassidy & Associates Inc.: American Rheinmetall Munitions Inc.
Cassidy & Associates Inc.: CKP Insurance
Cassidy & Associates Inc.: Marnell AK LLC
Cassidy & Associates Inc.: Oakland Gateway Venture LP
Cassidy & Associates Inc.: University of Alabama-Birmingham
Cassidy & Associates Inc.: Verizon
Coffee Group: The Doe Run Resources Corporation
GuidePostStrategies LLC: Maximus Inc.
Invariant LLC: American International Group Inc.
Jeff Burton: Health Care Services Corp
K&L Gates LLP: Eccolab Group Company
Keller Partners & Company: City of Albemarle
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service: Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
Off Hill Strategies LLC: Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico
Olsson, Frank, Weeda, Terman & Matz PC: Global Blood Therapeutics Inc.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP: Blackridge Technology Inc.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP: SCK-CEN
Robertson, Monagle, & Eastaugh PC (formelry [sic] known at Hoffman, Silver, Gilman and: Elite Sky International Inc.
Signal Group Consulting LLC: Ligado Networks LLC
Squire Patton Boggs: TATA Consultancy Services
Strategies 360: Holland Partner Group
The Williams Group: Clark Geduldig Cranford & Nielsen on behalf of Total System Services, ("TSYS")
The Williams Group: Clark Geduldig Cranford & Nielsen on behalf of Transunion LLC
NEW LOBBYING TERMINATIONS:
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld: Save Our Grid (d/b/a Protect Our Power)
Hansen Government Relations LLC: Truthful Labeling Coalition
Holland & Knight LLP: Clinicas Del Camino Real Inc.
Holland & Knight LLP: Tejon Ranch Company
Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP: The Wilderness Society
McDermott Will & Emery LLP: Abbott Laboratories
McDermott Will & Emery LLP: Allergan Inc.
McDermott Will & Emery LLP: Roche Diagnostics Corporation Inc.
Mr. Mark Rey: Climate Advisors,
Podesta Group Inc.: Charlotte School of Law
SB Capitol Solutions: D'Artagnan Consulting LLP
SB Capitol Solutions: Prince Global Solutions LLC
Troutman Sanders LLP: Edison Electric Institute
Wexler | Walker, a unit of Hill+Knowlton Strategies LLC: Analogic Corp.
Wexler | Walker, a unit of Hill+Knowlton Strategies LLC: The Clearing House Association LLC
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