Pepi joins Story Partners — Hanson joins Sinclair, NAB board — Fabricant …

April 8, 2014 by  
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With Andrea Drusch and Anna Palmer

SCOOPLET … PEPI JOINS STORY PARTNERS: Samantha Pepi has joined the public affairs firm Story Partners as director of digital communications and advertising. She brings a decade of experience in traditional media, crisis communications, brand reputation management and digital engagement to the firm. She previously worked at MXM Social, where she designed successful digital campaigns and developed online influencer strategies for a wide range of corporate and consumer clients. Story Partners also recently hired Cameron Coursen and Jen Voss from Ogilvy Public Relations and Lauren Culbertson from Capitol Hill — all earlier this year. “We are thrilled to have someone of Samantha’s caliber join Story Partners, said Andrew Fimka, a vice president with the firm. “She brings a wealth of diverse public affairs experience, with a successful history of developing and executing award-winning digital campaigns and strategies.”

HANSON JOINS SINCLAIR, NAB BOARD: Former FCC senior adviser Rebecca Hanson was brought on as an in-house lobbyist for the Maryland-based telecommunications group Sinclair Broadcast Company this past January, and has now registered to lobby for the company on joint services agreements. She will lead the company’s new D.C. office as senior vice president of strategy and policy. Hansen was also appointed to the board of the National Association of Broadcasters last week, serving as senior vice president for strategy and policy to the TV board of directors. She’ll be working with the broadcast industry in pursuing large-scale regulatory goals such as ownership, incentive auctions, a new broadcast transmission standard and new video and data distribution models.   “Sinclair previously hadn’t had a D.C. presence,” Hanson said of the company, which has not had a registered lobbyist since 2006. “There’s a lot going on in the industry and Sinclair’s grown so quickly in the past 18 months that they wanted to someone close to the center of those decisions in D.C.” Hanson previously served on the Incentive Auction Task Force at the media bureau of the FCC. She’s also a former vice president of strategic initiatives at Sprint Nextel, where she helped launch the WiMAX network and oversaw the merger with Clearwire. Prior to Sprint, Hanson was a senior vice president of business development at XM Satellite Radio.

GOOD TUESDAY AFTERNOON where it’s been 110 years since Longacre Square in midtown Manhattan was renamed Times Square by Mayor George B. McClellan Jr. The New York Times moved its headquarters to the intersection that year and the mayoral proclamation was made in honor of the paper. The annual tradition of a New Years Eve ball drop began two years later, in 1907. Send your lobbying news, gossip, tips and scoops to Andrea is And keep up with PI on Twitter by following @ByronTau or @PoliticoPI.

FABRICANT JUMPS BACK FROM FDA TO NPA: The Natural Products Association — a nonprofit trade organization dedicated to the natural products industry — will announce Tuesday that Daniel Fabricant will be its new CEO. Fabricant comes to the NPA from his position as director of the division of dietary supplement programs at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It’s a return for Fabricant, who previously served as vice president of global government and scientific affairs for NPA prior to his job at the FDA. He replaces John Shaw, who is leaving the association. “We couldn’t be more pleased that Dr. Fabricant will be returning to NPA. His service to this association in the past, coupled with the invaluable experience he has gathered at FDA, make him the perfect choice to lead our association in this era of growth,” said NPA President Roxanne Green.

GOP ALLIES COME OUT FOR HALL: Rep. Ralph Hall‘s allies are coming out in full force this month to help the Texas Republican raise money before his runoff against John Ratcliffe in early May. There at least two other fundraisers in the works in addition to a Wednesday fundraiser event organized by House Republican Conference Chairman Cathy McMorris Rodgers and nearly the entire Texas delegation is expected to attend ( Texas Reps. Jeb Hensarling, Randy Neugebauer and Pete Sessions are headlining a reception April 28 at the Capitol Hill Club for Hall, according to a copy of the invite. Cost to attend: “Platinum Host Level” is $5,000 for PACs or $2,500 for personal contribution; “Gold Co-Host Level” is $2,500 for PACs or $1,000 in personal contributions; and “Silver Attendee Level” expects $1,000 for PACs or $500 in personal contributions. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is also trying to put together another fundraiser for Hall, according to a PI tipster.

ANDREA DRUMM CONSULTING FOR THORSEN FRENCH: Recent Catholic University law grad Andrea Drumm has joined Thorsen French Advocacy as a consultant on four of its clients, including the Beer Institute and Cultural Care Au Pair. Drumm comes from the Hill where she has worked for Rep. Anthony Weiner, Rep. Henry Cuellar and the House Judiciary Committee. Drumm left Judiciary in 2010 to attend law school, but returned to the committee as an intern while pursuing the law degree. “We had grown to a place where we needed an extra set of hands, especially with the skills and background that Andrea had, so we scooped her up,” Carl Thorsen said of the hire. “She’s a star.”

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FMC, GE SIGN KOUNTOUPES: Kountoupes | Denham has registered to lobby for General Electric Company andFMC Corporation. Lisa Kountoupes, Lori Denham, Julie Hershey Carr and Mary Reid will work on both accounts. For the chemical company FMC, they’ll work on energy and environmental issues, food safety, nutrition and trade. For GE, they’ll work on oversight in the nuclear manufacturing industry.

INTERNET ASSOCIATION HONORS WYDEN, ISSA: The Internet Association is hosting its first-ever charity awards gala at the Carnegie Library on Tuesday night. Association President Michael Beckerman will present awards to Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Darrell Issa and raise money to benefit “Girls Who Code” — a nonprofit teaching young women and girls computer science and coding. About 200 guests are expected, including top executives from member companies, including: Susan Lyne of AOL Brands Group, Alexis Maybank and Kevin Ryan of Gilt Group, Teresa Carlson of Amazon Web Services, Erika Rottenberg of LinkedIn and Burke Norton of Salesforce, among others.

ALCALDE FAY BRINGS TWO ON FROM THE HILL: Lobbying shop Alcalde Fay has brought on two new staffers from Capitol Hill: Christian Riddell and Greg Rogers. Riddell was most recently a legal fellow for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He has an LLM in law and government from American University, a J.D. from Rutgers University and a B.A. in English from the University of the South in Sewanee. Rogers is a former staff of Rep. Adam Schiff and is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley where he majored in political economy.

CURT WELLS HIRED AT THE ALUMINUM ASSOCIATION: Curt Wells has joined the Aluminum Association as manager of regulatory affairs. In his new position, he works on a range of environmental and other regulatory activities of interest to association members. Before joining the Aluminum Association, Wells was manager of waste services at Alcoa.

LINDSAY GOES FROM POWELL TATE TO CROSSROADS: GOP outside money network American Crossroads has hired Paul Lindsay as its new communications director. He replaces Jonathan Collegio who returned to the trade association world earlier this year. In his new role, Lindsay will provide strategic communications counsel and manage media relations for American Crossroads. Lindsay joins Crossroads from Powell Tate/Weber Shandwick, where he served as a vice president in the firm’s public affairs practice. Prior to that, Lindsay served as the communications director for the National Republican Congressional Committee during the 2012 election cycle.

AWEA HIRES JAMES REILLY: Via POLITICO’s Alex Guillen: The American Wind Energy Association has hired James D. Reilly, Sen. Tom Carper‘s chief of staff, as its new senior vice president for federal legislative affairs. The announcement comes just days after the Senate Finance Committee approved a two-year revival of the wind production tax credit, though whether the extension can make it through Congress remains unclear. Reilly has been chief of staff to the Delaware Democrat since 2007 and will move to the wind industry group by the end of the month.


CASSIDY’S RHOADS: DON’T ASSUME BRAC ISN’T COMING: “The conventional wisdom that there won’t be another Base Realignment and Closure round is dangerously short-sighted. First, significant force structure and basing decisions are already occurring even without a formal BRAC round, what I call a ‘shadow BRAC.’ Second, there is a much greater chance that President Barack Obama’s request for a BRAC round in 2017 will be passed than most expect.”

WISCONSIN DEMS GET COLD SHOULDER FROM LOBBYISTS: “[Lobbyists’] avoidance of [state Rep. Terese Berceau] and other Democrats reflects the perception that Republicans will be running the show in Wisconsin for many years to come. Unlike in past years, when the balance of power in the Capitol was more delicate, lobbyists no longer see an incentive to cultivate relationships in both parties. ‘There’s been a notable change this year,’ Berceau says. ‘I have always been visited by lobbyists, even when we’re in the minority. They’re not even bothering now.’”

NAB PRESIDENT SLAMS FCC: National Association of Broadcasters President and Chief Executive Gordon Smith says the Federal Communications Commission needs to work closer with the industry, instead of undermining it with a singular focus on broadband. At NAB’s annual convention in Las Vegas, he said the agency is regulating like it’s “stuck in the 1970s.”






Andrea Drumm: Thorsen French Advocacy on behalf of Beer Institute

Andrea Drumm: Thorsen French Advocacy on behalf of Cardinal Health

Andrea Drumm: Thorsen French Advocacy on behalf of I.A.T.S.E.

Arent Fox: Reef Points Advisors LLC

Commonwealth Consulting Corporation: XCOR Aerospace

Crossroads Strategies: Apollo Education Group

Kountoupes | Denham: FMC Corporation

Kountoupes | Denham: General Electric Company

Mr. Michael Pieper: Newmont Mining Corporation

Sinclair Broadcast Group: Sinclair Broadcast Group

Smith Advocacy Group: The Tatitlek Corporation

Squire Sanders Public Advocacy: Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida

Squire Sanders Public Advocacy: The University of Miami

Squire Sanders Public Advocacy: The Villages

The Glover Park Group: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

The Ingram Group: Rogers Group Inc.

The Puerto Rico Equality Forum: The Puerto Rico Equality Forum

NEW LOBBYING TERMINATIONS (Firm: Client (Type of Termination))

East End Group: Gilead Sciences (Q1 Termination)

East End Group: Medimmume(Q1 Termination)

East End Group: Merck Co. (Q1 Termination)

JM Environmental Health Consulting Inc.: Children’s Environmental Health Network (Q1 Termination)

JM Environmental Health Consulting Inc.: Learning Disabilities Association of America (Q1 Termination)

KDA Kevin Doyle and Associates / Wexford Strategies: NATLABS — National Prosthetic Dental Laboratories (Q1 Termination)

Law Office of Edward D. Kalman: National Association of Long Term Care Hosptials (Q1 Termination)

Polsinelli: United Negro College Fund (Q1 Termination (No Activity))

The Majority Group: Americans for Responsible Solutions (Q1 Termination (No Activity))

Townsend Public Affairs: South Orange County Community College District (Q1 Termination)

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