Cornerstone lands four, including sheep association – Resolute adds app …

October 14, 2013 by  
Filed under Wind Energy Tips

By Byron Tau

With Andrea Drusch

CORNERSTONE LANDS FOUR, INCLUDING SHEEP ASSOCIATION: Lobbying shop Cornerstone Government Affairs has landed four new clients, according to public records. The American Sheep Industry Association, Dynamic Aviation, Efia Consulting LLC and Plains Pipeline, L.P. have all signed lobbying contracts with the firm. The sheep association is lobbying on the farm bill, appropriations issues for Interior and USDA, immigration reform and public lands management issues. Efia Consulting is lobbying on “enterprise social network” and federal appropriations. “We have had some new hires and also an expansion of both our homeland security and energy practices,” said a spokesman for the firm. “We have added both Nelson Peacock, former assistant secretary for legislative affairs at DHS and Denise Bode, former CEO at the American Wind Energy Association. We have also recently added Erik Fatemi.”

RESOLUTE ADDS APP DEVELOPMENT ARM: Resolute Consulting — a public affairs and strategic communications firm — is now in the app-making business. The firm has added a in-house app development service for Apple iOS and Android devices — including both phones and tablets. Rick Albert recently joined Resolute as director of mobile development to bolster the firm’s digital capabilities. Resolute can now create custom apps for clients — aimed at both grass-roots advocacy campaigns and government affairs teams alike. Those apps include capabilities like data mapping, push notifications, multimedia features and others.

PI suspects that custom-made apps will become a big part of advocacy campaigns in the future. In April, the Consumer Electronics Association demonstrated a custom app just for its Capitol Hill fly-in to PI. That app allowed the electronics trade association to collect real personal stories — in both video and text form — from its membership and share them with members of Congress. In a release, Resolute also touted its work with American Beverage Association to develop a mobile app for the ABA national conference.

GOOD MONDAY AFTERNOON and a very happy Columbus Day and/or Indigenous Peoples Day. PI is working, but we hope at least some of you are not. The day has only been a federal holiday since 1937 as a result of a lobbying campaign by the Knights of Columbus. The Knights of Columbus still lobby — but not on the issue of Columbus Day. As of 2013, they still have Quinn Gillespie Associates on a contract, working mostly on tax issues. On other other side of the issue, PI can’t find anyone formally lobbying on Columbus Day’s status as a federal holiday — but plenty of groups and activists have loudly objected to it over the years. Send your lobbying news, gossip, tips and scoops to And keep up with PI on Twitter by following @ByronTau or @PoliticoPI.

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SELLERY TEAMS UP WITH WILDHORSE: Sellery Associates, Inc., and Wildhorse Consulting are linking up on a new strategic partnership, both firms announced Friday. Sellery — a consulting and lobbying firm based in D.C. — will team up with Sacramento-based lobbying and political consulting shop Wildhorse. “This is an especially good fit for us,” said Bill Sellery, president of Sellery Associates. “It provides an added value for our clients who have interests in both the federal government, as well as in California. It enhances our overall effectiveness.” The two firms will retain their existing staff and structures, but will collaborate on client work as needed. “Having served in elected office in California as well [as] at the federal level, I understand the value and the benefit of this arrangement. It provides added tools and capabilities for clients who choose to be effective in both Sacramento and D.C,” said former Rep. Richard Pombo, who is a partner at both firms.

EGYPT HIRES GPG: Egypt’s exile on K Street is over. Following a suspension of some United States foreign aid this month. the country has hired the Glover Park Group on a lobbying and public affairs contract. The firm filed the forms with the Department of Justice on Friday and provided copies of the registration to PI. (The DOJ’s foreign agent database has not updated since the shutdown.) Glover Park will “provide public diplomacy, strategic communications counsel and government relations services” for Egypt — including communications with government officials and business leaders. Egypt and Glover Park are in the process of working out a formal written agreement. In its filing, Glover Park says it will file the formal contract as an extension.

Egypt has been without a K Street lobbying shop since lobbyists Bob Livingston, Toby Moffett and Tony Podesta all jointly terminated their relationships with the country in early 2012. Since, the country has had a rocky relationship with the United States — as power struggles between the military and civilian government have rocked the country and the region. The news of the hire of GPG was first reported by Kevin Bogardus of The Hill. The documents are here: Exhibit A: Exhibit B:

‘DEADLIEST CATCH’ INDUSTRY SNAGS A LOBBYIST AS SHUTDOWN GRINDS ON: Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers are bringing on Dentons US to lobby on several pieces of legislation, including the Senate’s Pirate Fishing Elimination Act. The bipartisan bill would implement an international agreement on port measures to deter unregulated fishing. The fishery trade association represents an industry featured by the Discovery Channel for its high-risk conditions on the show “Deadliest Catch.” The show’s star, Captain Keith Coburn, was on Capitol Hill this past Friday explaining to the Senate Commerce Committee that furloughs from the government shutdown are preventing Alaskan crab fishers from having their catch quotas when the four-week fishing season opens tomorrow. The group is also lobbying for reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, enacted in 1976 to protect the fish ecosystem and phase out foreign vessels in a 200-mile exclusive economic zone. Todd Bertoson, a former legislative assistant for the law’s namesake, the late Sen. Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, will lobby for Dentons.

VENABLE HIRES LOUGHLIN, HARDY: Via POLITICO’s Morning Tax: Venable has hired Stephanie Loughlin and Ralph Hardy as partners in the lobbying firm’s Washington office. Both formerly of Dow Lohnes, Hardy will work in Venable’s corporate division and Loughlin is joining the tax division.

AND … the firm inked a contract with Lafarge North America, according to Senate public records. Venable will lobby for expanded boundaries on the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary for the construction supply company.


FURLOUGH WATCH: The DOE tells furloughed employees that working at Starbucks or Macy’s during a shutdown is fine, but lobbying for an oil company is not.

HOTEL ASSOCIATION URGES SHUTDOWN END: It’s had a big impact on tourism, the American Hotel Lodging Association said in a letter. Blog of the Legal Times has more:


American Defense International: Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck: Reed Elsevier Inc.

Cassidy Associates, Inc.: The Shaw Group Inc., a CBI Company

Cornerstone Government Affairs: American Sheep Industry Association

Cornerstone Government Affairs: Dynamic Aviation

Cornerstone Government Affairs: Efia Consulting LLC

Cornerstone Government Affairs: Plains Pipeline, L.P.

Dentons US: Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers

McDermott Will Emery: BG Medicine

McGuireWoods Consulting: HPS Development, Co.

Nelson, Mullins, Riley Scarborough: Duke Energy Business Services, LLC

Ogletree Government Affairs: MEPA Alliance

Polaris Government Relations: Think Finance

SC Partners: Alliance for Industrial Efficiency

Venable: Lafarge North America

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CORRECTION: An earlier version of Influence misspelled Denise Bode’s name.

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