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BALLARD ADDS ANOTHER DEMOCRAT: Ballard Partners, one of the go-to lobbying firms for those looking to influence the Trump administration, is adding another Democrat as the firm repositions itself to lobby President Joe Bidens Washington. The firm has hired John OHanlon, one of the co-founders of the Washington Group, where he worked alongside John D. Raffaelli (who went on to start Capitol Counsel) and former Rep. Susan Molinari (R-N.Y.) (who later became Googles top lobbyist).
Ketchum bought the Washington Group in 2001, and the firm later merged with Clark & Weinstock, which is now part of Mercury Public Affairs following another merger. OHanlon, meanwhile, moved to Maine with his family. But he was always looking to get back into lobbying with the right firm, he said in an interview, and hes back in Washington now. Hes one of several Democrats Ballard has hired since November, including Tola Thompson, who was until recently chief of staff to Rep. Al Lawson (D-Fla.).
FORMER TRUMP ADMINISTRATION PENTAGON OFFICIALS HEAD TO K STREET: The lobbying firm Invariant has hired Nick Mikula, who served as a special assistant to the undersecretary of defense for intelligence during the Trump administration. Mikula stuck around as a consultant in the office for the first four months of the Biden administration. He plans to concentrate on lobbying the Hill hes a former House Armed Service Committee staffer but might lobby the Pentagon as well even though hes a Republican. I come from the intel side of the Department of Defense, and a lot of their senior leadership is not political in any way, shape or form, he said.
Covington & Burling, meanwhile, has hired David Norquist, who served as President Donald Trumps deputy defense secretary and briefly ran the Pentagon during the first days of the Biden administration before the Senate confirmed Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. Hell be a senior adviser in Covingtons aerospace and defense industry practices but doesnt plan to lobby, according to the firm.
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NEW BUSINESS: Facebook has added the S-3 Group to its lineup of Washington lobbying firms, which includes nearly two dozen firms. S-3s Matt Bravo, a former House Republican leadership aide, will lobby for Facebook on security data legislation, discussion regarding cyber security, data security, encryption, and platform integrity, according to a disclosure filing.
FLYING IN (VIRTUALLY): Members of the National Shooting Sports Foundation are holding a virtual fly-in this week timed to coincide with the Senate Judiciary Committees confirmation hearing on Wednesday for David Chipman, Bidens nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Theyll meet with Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa),Lisa Murkowski(R-Alaska) and Joe Manchin(D-W.Va.), among other lawmakers, to protest his nomination.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) will address members of the Distilled Spirits Council and the American Craft Spirits Association this week at their annual fly-in. Distillers will also meet virtually with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell; Sens.Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) andRon Wyden (D-Ore.); and Reps. Jason Crow (D-Colo.) andJohn Yarmuth (D-Ky.).
And the National Utility Contractors Association is scheduled to hear from Reps. Peter DeFazio(D-Ore.), Sam Graves(R-Mo.), Frank Pallone(D-N.J.) and Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and Sens.Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Amy Klobuchar(D-Minn.) as part of its own virtual fly-in.
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MILLER CONDEMNS GREENES ‘IGNORANT TWEET: The Republican lobbyist Jeff Miller, a top fundraiser for President Donald Trumps reelection campaign, lashed out at Rep.Marjorie Taylor Greene(R-Ga.) over her comparison of vaccine passports to Jews being forced to wear yellow stars in Nazi Germany. WTF is wrong with you? he tweeted. I think you need to pay a visit to the US Holocaust Museum.Id be happy to arrange.Then maybe going forward you wouldnt make anymore disgusting, ignorant and offensive tweets.If Im wrong and youre not ignorant about Holocaust..then you are disgusting.
Miller, who built Miller Strategies into a prominent lobbying firm during the Trump administration, was appointed by Trump last year to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. He was hardly the only Republican to speak out against Greene. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, whos close to Miller, also denounced Greenes tweet in a statement this morning (which Miller duly retweeted).
Miller also bashed the press for failing to take notice of his earlier criticism of Democrats for what he called their anti-Israel and anti-Semitic statements. The mainstream media now only pays attention to what Im saying because theres one and only one Republican doing the same and I attack her for it, he wrote on Twitter after his original tweet attracted attention. The media bias is so gross.
Francisco Carrillo has left the Hill to join Pfizers Washington office. He’ll be a senior director of federal government relations and will concentrate on lobbying House Democrats, according to the company. He was previously district director for Rep. Nanette Barragán (D-Calif.).
Nutrien has hired Connor Hamburg as a manager of government and industry affairs. He’ll start June 1. He previously worked as a lobbyist for the Renewable Fuels Association and also interned in President Joe Biden’s office during the Obama administration.
The U.S. Green Building Council has hired Ben Evans as its federal legislative director. He was previously the Alliance to Save Energy’s vice president for public affairs.
Reservoir Communications Group has hired Michelle Nealy as a director. She was previously Faith in Public Life’s vice president of communications and digital strategy.
Elan Carr will join the Heritage Foundation as a visiting fellow. He was previously the State Department’s special envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism during the Trump administration.
Honeywell has hired Dimple Shah as senior director of global technology and data policy. She previously worked for the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency as a senior counselor.
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New Joint Fundraisers
New Lobbying Registrations
ABI Associates: Arrival Automotive USA Inc.ABI Associates: North Americas Building Trades UnionsBell & Lindsay, Inc.: Everglades UniversityBell & Lindsay, Inc.: Southeastern CollegeBlue Mountain Strategies: Focus DC, LLC on behalf of Revolution Corporate Services, Inc.Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP: Alaris Strategies obo R-Pace Providers CoalitionBrownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP: Apex Clean Energy, Inc.Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP: Heineken USABrownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP: Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP: Os Distilling CompanyBrownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP: Royal Gold, IncBrownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP: Top Rank, Inc.Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP: Zotec PartnersCapitol Counsel, LLC: Arthur Kill Terminal LLCCapitol Tax Partners, LLP: American Clean Power AssociationClark Hill, PLC: Mutualink, Inc.Delta Development Group, Inc.: Colonel Drake Cultural Alliance, Inc.Delta Development Group, Inc.: The Bridge HBG, LLCFranklin Creek Consulting: White Earth NationHoboken Strategy Group: Winning Strategies Washington (on behalf of TechUnited:NJ)Holland & Knight LLP: Marathon Petroleum CorporationHolland & Knight LLP: Nuseed AmericasHolland & Knight LLP: SKF USA Inc.Invariant LLC: Ericsson Inc.Kelley Drye & Warren LLP: VF CorporationKing & Spalding LLP: Flagler Health +LSN Partners, LLC: Aristotle Unified Communications dba AristotleNorton Rose Fulbright US LLP: Canadian National RailwayPlaymaker Strategies, LLC: Low Carbon Fuels CoalitionRutledge Policy Group, LLC: Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP obo AmeripriseRyberg and Smith, L.L.C.: Florida Crystals Corp.S-3 Group: FacebookSC Partners LLC: Leeward Renewable EnergySC Partners LLC: Quanta Services, Inc.theGROUP DC, LLC: CDP North America, Inc.The Smith-Free Group, LLC: Scotch Whisky AssociationThe Smith-Free Group, LLC: WCG Clinical, Inc.Venable LLP: Regions Financial Corporation
New Lobbying Terminations
Fulcrum Public Affairs LLC: Medical Debt Resolution, Inc. D/B/A RIP Medical DebtInnovative Policy, PLLC: SK Hart Management, LLCInnovative Policy, PLLC: The Navajo Nation Office of the Speaker and the 24th Navajo Nation Coucil [sic]
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