By Theodoric Meyer | 12/05/2017 02:49 PM EDT
With David Beavers and Aubree Eliza Weaver
WASHINGTON STRATEGY GROUP GETS A NEW NAME: The clash between Washington's two Washington Strategy Groups has come to an end. The first Washington Strategy Group, a foreign lobbying firm run by Joel Rubin, sent a cease-and-desist letter in May to the second Washington Strategy Group, a lobbying shop started by supporters of Fethullah Gülen, a Turkish cleric living in Pennsylvania whom the Turkish government blamed for instigating a failed coup last year. The letter demanded the newer group stop using the name. Suleyman Turhanogullari, a partner at the Gulenist group, said they'd never received the letter from Rubin's lawyer, Karen Post . But Rubin said the newer group had FedExed the letter back to his lawyer unopened.
- The newer Washington Strategy Group relented last week and changed its name to the Washington Diplomacy Group. "[We] had thought that the issue was over about the name conflict as we had not received any letter from Mr. Rubin," Turhanogullari wrote in an email to PI. "But after your article, we learnt that Mr. Rubin was still concerned about our name. We therefore decided to change our name as we do not want to upset any people while we're doing business."
WARMBIERS HIRE McGUIREWOODS: The parents of Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student who died in June after being held captive for more than a year in North Korea, have hired McGuireWoods Consulting to lobby on their behalf. "We have retained Richard Cullen and McGuireWoods to advise and counsel us in connection with the death of our son Otto at the hands of North Korea," Fred and Cindy Warmbier said in a statement released by the firm. The Warmbiers hired McGuireWoods on Nov. 10 to lobby on "economic sanctions and state sponsor of terror designation against North Korea," according to a disclosure filing. President Donald Trump designated the country as a state sponsor of terror 10 days later. The firm declined to comment on what role it played in securing the designation.
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TAX LOBBYISTS HOME IN ON CORPORATE AMT: "Technology, banking and other industries mounted a new round of lobbying Monday to save a wide range of tax breaks following the last-minute switch in the federal tax overhaul by the U.S. Senate," The Wall Street Journal's Theo Francis and Richard Rubin report. "The Senate on Saturday decided to keep a corporate alternative minimum tax , or AMT, a move that gave the senators $40 billion over a decade to use on other priorities, according to the official estimate. ... Business lobbyists argue that keeping the corporate AMT would make it harder for tech companies to claim tax credits for research and development spending and for banks to claim credits for investing in troubled U.S. areas."
- "It also could undermine the international-tax structure Republicans created elsewhere in the same bill, undercutting incentives to put intellectual property in the U.S., tax experts say. The provision is 'hugely problematic,' said Jennifer McCloskey, director of government affairs at the Information Technology Industry Council, whose members include Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc. and Alphabet Inc. 'We will be working to see it resolved this week.'" Full story.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: William Crozer, Lanny Griffith, Les Munson and Dan Runde of BGR Group will host a breakfast fundraiser for Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) on Dec. 14 at 8:30 a.m. at the firm's offices. It'll cost you $1,500 to attend as a host ($2,500 for PACs) or $500 as an attendee ($1,000 for PACs).
STRANGE BEDFELLOWS: "In his 20 years of promoting renewable energy in Washington, Gregory Wetstone has made common cause with a range of special interest groups: environmentalists, power utilities, even a handful of natural gas producers," Bloomberg News' Ari Natter and Jennifer Dlouhy report. "But President Donald Trump's efforts to bail out the coal industry led Wetstone, the head of the American Council on Renewable Energy, to find a surprising new partner: Big Oil." Wetstone's group is working with the American Petroleum Institute to fight a proposal being pushed by Energy Secretary Rick Perry that would help coal and nuclear power plants. Full story.
CORRECTION: PI misstated the name of the trade group giving out free breakfast tacos outside Tortilla Coast in Monday's edition. It was the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America. PI also misstated how long it has been since Prohibition was repealed. It's 84 years. PI regrets the errors.
- Airlines for America has tapped Alison McAfee as managing director for communications. She was previously senior director of corporate communications for Hawaiian Airlines.
- Eric Rizzo has joined the newly opened Washington office of Mizuho Bank as a director. He was previously a lobbyist for Fifth Third Bank.
- Catherine Pepper Pickels has joined the Conference of State Bank Supervisors as director of communications. She was previously a senior director at Proactive Communications and is also a former aide to Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas).
NEW JOINT FUNDRAISERS:
Cramer Victory Fund (Rep. Kevin Cramer, Badlands PAC, North Dakota Republican Party, NRCC)
Kohl Victory Fund (Dan Kohl, Democratic Party of Wisconsin)
Arizona First PAC (Unknown)
Beshear PAC (PAC)
Ceteris Paribus (Unknown)
Citizens For A Resilient America And Pizza (Unknown)
Lucha Inititive [sic] (Unknown)
The Keystone Communities Initiative (Unknown)
Women Electing Liberty (Super PAC)
NEW LOBBYING REGISTRATIONS:
CGCN Group, LLC (formerly known as Clark Geduldig Cranford & Nielsen, LLC): Coalition for a Domestic Insurance Industry
Dickinson Wright PLLC: Osirius Group LLC
Donald Itzkoff: Wabtec Corporation
Federal Business Group: W&O
Greenberg Traurig, LLP: Rodan & Fields, LLC
Husch Blackwell, LLP: Special Health Resources for Texas, Inc.
Mack Strategies: The Institute for Liberty
Mayer Brown LLP: Dole Food Company
Michael Best Strategies LLC: Build America Mutual
Michael Best Strategies LLC: Consumer Mortgage Coalition
Michael Best Strategies LLC: Madison Gas and Electric Company
Michael Best Strategies LLC: MBO Partners, Inc.
New Century Government Affairs (f/k/a Terrence C. Wolfe): Florida Association of Child Care Management
O'Neill and Associates: Insulet Corporation
Pierre Ciric: The Bitcoin Foundation
Tarplin, Downs & Young, LLC: Baxter
NEW LOBBYING TERMINATIONS:
Heidepriem & Associates, LLC: American Optometric Association
Ietan Consulting, LLC: Shingle Springs Rancheria
Ietan Consulting, LLC: Table Mountain Rancheria
Lone Rock Strategies: Keep Eastmoreland Free
QGA Public Affairs (formerly Quinn Gillespie & Associates): Science Coalition
QGA Public Affairs (formerly Quinn Gillespie & Associates): United for Medical Research
Rosemont Group: Medallion Foundation
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