Herrick Feinstein inks two — Cheney’s pro-cap-and-trade benefactor …

December 7, 2013 by  
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With Andrea Drusch

HERRICK FEINSTEIN INKS TWO: Law firm Herrick Feinstein has inked two new clients, according to Senate public records. Electronic cigarette company GreenSmartLiving has hired the law firm to work on policy and regulation related to electronic cigarettes. The CARCO Group has hired Herrick for “issues concerning outside contractors, security clearances, background checks, and uniform government procedures concerning the aforementioned.” Michael McMahon and Daniel Hart are listed on the contract for Herrick. The two new clients are the firm’s first lobbying registrations since 2011.

CHENEY’S PRO-CAP-AND-TRADE BENEFACTOR: Cowboy PAC — a new super PAC backing Liz Cheney‘s Wyoming Senate bid — held a high dollar Thursday fundraiser at Cafe Milano. Red Cavaney, a longtime Washington lobbyist, former White House staffer in the Ford administration and longtime friend of former Vice President Dick Cheney, hosted the event, according to the New York Times. Cavaney has served in senior roles for the American Petroleum Institute and ConocoPhillips, among others — and has made some supportive comments about a cap-and-trade system that excluded transportation fuels like oil. Such a system would be to the detriment of the coal industry — a major force in Wyoming. Wyoming is the top coal-producing state in the country — and is a $1 billion industry in the state. Most of the state’s electricity is also generated from coal-fired plants. Cheney’s opponent, Sen. Mike Enzi, has also taken some corporate PAC contributions from members of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership — a pro-greenhouse gas reduction corporate group. The Cheney campaign declined to comment on Cavaney’s previous support for cap-and-trade and his support for the Cheney bid.

GOOD FRIDAY AFTERNOON, where it’s been 40 years since Gerald Ford was confirmed by the House of Representatives in a vote of 387-35 to replace Spiro Agnew as vice president. A week earlier, the Senate voted to confirm Ford 92-3. An hour after the House vote, Ford would be sworn in. Send your lobbying news, gossip, tips and scoops to btau@politico.com. And keep up with PI on Twitter by following @ByronTau or @PoliticoPI.

TWINLOGIC DECKS THE HALLS: TwinLogic Strategies celebrated its second annual holiday party Thursday — which coincided with a celebration of passage of the Innovation Act in the House.  The party, held at the TwinLogic offices, saw the tech crowd heavily represented. House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, who received applause when he arrived following passage of the patent bill. Also spotted: Shelley Husband, Branden Ritchie Alli Halataei, Rachel Woblers, Troy Stock, Jonathan Nabavi, Jaclyn Louis, and Shannon Taylor of the House Judiciary Committee, Michael Petricone and Veronica O’Connell of CEA, Steve Berry of the Competitive Carriers Association, Margaret Nagle of Yahoo, Laura McPherson and Hugh Carroll of Sprint, Emmett O’Keefe and Brian Huseman of Amazon, Luther Lowe and Laurent Crenshaw of Yelp, Rick Whitt and Melissa Tye of Motorola Mobility, and of course the hosts Elizabeth Frazee, Sharon Ringley, Alyssa Gowens and Tiffany Moore of TwinLogic. Startup Social Booth was present to capture shots of attendees and post them directly to social media.

ESA GETS IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT: The Entertainment Software Association hosted its annual holiday party with Ubisoft in the newly renovated event space at historic LongView Gallery in Shaw. Hundreds of K-Streeters, Capitol Hill aides, tech executives and even a few hip reporters were seen mingling in the gallery that featured both original artwork and the latest gaming consoles. Spotted: ESA’s Mike Gallagher, Erik Huey, Rich Taylor and Dan Hewitt; Microsoft‘s Frank Cavaliere, David Pryor and Stephanie Peters; Ubisoft‘s Michael Beadle; former Congressman Bart Stupak; CBC‘s Hassan Christian; British Embassy’s James Harris; Software Alliance’s Chris Hopfensperger; Disney’s Jessica Moore; Visa’s Carl Holshouser; EMILY’s List’s Marissa Strickfaden; ThanksUSA’s Michele Stork; Third Way’s Leah Chandler; and many others.

INNOVATION ACT PASSES: NOW WHAT?: The big picture, from POLITICO’s Erin Mershon: “Supporters of a bill to crack down on so-called patent trolls cheered its passage by the House on Thursday and immediately began to push for Senate action on the measure. The House passed the Innovation Act by an overwhelming vote of 325-91, just six weeks after it was introduced by Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.). The swift action marked a stark contrast to the years of negotiation that led up to the last congressional patent overhaul, the America Invents Act, in 2011. … Supporters say Thursday’s lopsided vote in the House sends a signal to the Senate as it starts to shape its own bill. … But opponents caution that … the substitute amendment offered by leading House Judiciary Democrats John Conyers (Mich.) and Mel Watt (N.C.) received significant support, even though it ultimately failed.” More, for Pros: http://politico.pro/19kP0iX

SOLAR ENERGY ASSOCIATION HIRES BIRCHER: Via POLITICO’s Morning Energy: The Solar Energy Industries Association‘s Solar Heating and Cooling Alliance has picked up Chip Bircher, formerly a coordinator for DOE’s Utility Solar Water Heating Initiative. Solar heating and cooling makes up a relatively small slice of the U.S.’s solar capacity, but offers a tempting area for expansion — a goal that will require disseminating better information and “creating opportunities to engage in conversation and exchange ideas,” Bircher said.

CUOMO ON K STREET: Via Capital New York’s Playbook: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is collecting big checks while talking about campaign finance reform. From Buffalo News Tom Precious: The gathering will be at 8:30 a.m. Monday at the G Street offices of The Podesta Group, whose influential principal, Tony Podesta, is listed as one of three “event chairs,” along with Washington lobbyist Steve Elmendorf and philanthropist Catherine Reynolds. Tony Podesta’s brother, John, served as White House chief of staff during the Clinton administration. Host committee members listed on the invitation, a copy of which was obtained by The Buffalo News, include powerhouse lobbying firm Akin Gump as well as Tonio Burgos, a longtime lobbyist who was an inside player during the administration of former Gov. Mario Cuomo, the governor’s father. http://goo.gl/cXLK71

BILIMORIA JOINS  GAVI ALLIANCE: Natasha Bilimoria will head the U.S. portion of a major global immunization funding drive for GAVI Alliance,  a public-private partnership to immunize children. Bilimoria is a former White House staffer, and she most recently was president of the NGO Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. She previously served on the Obama-Biden transition team, in the Clinton White House and as a key supporter of the George W. Bush administration’s push to establish PEPFAR.


WILDEST QUASI-LOBBYING STORY EVER: It involves eunuchs, rapists, murderers, drug traffickers, a man named Douglas Brice Jordan, and Lachlan Markay from the Washington Free Beacon ordering pizza under a fake name as part of an elaborate stakeout plot. http://bit.ly/195skqB

MOST SUPER PACS ARE LAME: USA Today crunches the numbers. http://usat.ly/1f3hLW0


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