PI scoop … MPAA making major additions – McBee Strategic adds innovation VP …

June 26, 2013 by  
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With Andrea Drusch

PI SCOOP … MPAA MAKING MAJOR ADDITIONS: Anna and Tony Romm have the exclusive on the Motion Picture Association of America looking to bring on Neil Fried, top telecom aide to House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, to lead the trade group’s government affairs operation under Michael O’Leary. Shanna Winters, former top IP aide to then-Rep. Howard Berman, is also joining. Click here for more on the changes: http://politi.co/1abcWtr

FIRST IN PI … McBEE STRATEGIC ADDS INNOVATION VP: McBee Strategic Consulting is adding Ray Glendening as vice president of innovation. Glendening, co-founder of the political engagement company Ruck.Us, will oversee special projects and new business development. The addition comes as the firm is also launching a digital media vertical within its strategic communications unit, McBee|Gibraltar. Prior to founding Ruck.Us, Glendening served as national political director for the Democratic Governors Association from 2008-10.

FARM INTERESTS PLEDGE ANOTHER GO AT FARM BILL: After months of working almost exclusively on the failed farm bill, lobbyists from the top trade associations are picking up the pieces and preparing for another go around after the House rejected it last week. Representatives from the American Farm Bureau, Biotechnology Industry Organization and National Pork Producers Council all say they’re going back to work with Congress to secure what they see as much-needed legislation before the end of the fiscal year.

“Obviously we’ve got a little recalibrating to do,” said Dale Moore, executive director of public policy for the American Farm Bureau. “We’re looking for signals from both committee leadership and from Mr. [John] Boehner’s perspective as to how we’re going to move forward.”

Chris Wall, a senior lobbyist for the pork producers, said his organization will now turn to its grass-roots and begin contacting congressional offices to stress the need for a five-year extension so that famers can plan their finances for the coming year. “I am cautiously optimistic that we will see this on the House floor again in the near future,” he said. “It’s my understanding that tomorrow morning when House Republicans get together for caucus, I think this will be a large part of the discussion.” And Paul Winters of the Biotechnology Industry Organization expressed concern that a one-year extension of current farm policy would not suffice for businesses trying to access capital over multiple years to implement new renewable energy projects.

GOOD TUESDAY AFTERNOON, where it’s been 20 years to the day since David Letterman left NBC for what turned out to be much greener pastures. On June 25, 1993, Letterman broadcast his final show on the network. Bruce Springsteen was the surprise musical guest. Letterman jumped over to CBS, moving his show an hour forward — and the rest is history. Send all your lobbying and campaign finance news, gossip, tips and scoops to btau@politico.com and apalmer@politico.com. And follow us on Twitter at @ByronTau and @apalmerdc.

BURKMAN SIGNS FIVE, ADDS MUNNS: J.M. Burkman Associates has inked five new clients. The firm, headed by Jack Burkman, will lobby for American Automated Warehouses, EE Development, Hoops and Fitness, MSP and Wind River LLC. According to the public registrations, most of those clients are looking for federal contracts or grants. Burkman tells PI that the firm is expanding into the area of government contracting lobbying and has recently hired Earle D. Munns to work on those issues. Munns is a military veteran who has also held positions at BAE Systems and Raytheon, among others. “We’re kind of beefing up on the government contracting,” Burkman told PI.

OUTDOOR ASSOCIATION HIRES HARPER: The Outdoor Industry Association has hired Rich Harper as trade policy adviser, the firm announced yesterday. He joins the association from Sen. Dianne Feinstein‘s (D-Calif.) office, where he worked on trade, foreign policy and defense issues.

SPEAKING OF FEINSTEIN … OFFICE HIRES BACK DUCK: Feinstein’s office has hired back Jennifer Duck as chief of staff. Duck most recently served as vice president of government relations and corporate leadership for Pfizer, Inc. She’ll take over for outgoing chief of staff Chris Thompson, who is heading back to California. Duck previously served as staff director and chief counsel to Feinstein on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

17 OUT AT PATTON BOGGS — INCLUDING A FEW LOBBYISTS: A wave of major departures hit the law firm Patton Boggs yesterday. The Washington Post first had the news that 17 partners planned to move on from the firm — which is also K Street’s biggest lobbying shop by revenue. The firm confirmed to PI a significant number of departures but not the exact number. PI was told “a few” of the departing partners were registered lobbyists who routinely did advocacy for clients. “Recently, a number of attorneys at the firm announced their intention to move on. These colleagues are our friends, and we thank them for their service and wish them well in their new endeavors,” said Elliott Frieder, director of public relations and communications for the firm. Frieder emphasized that such departures were routine in the changing legal industry. “Although we regret partner departures, we, too, need to change to remain competitive. Patton Boggs has a sound underlying practice and a strong brand. We will continue to strengthen our firm through strategic hiring and acquisitions where they make sense,” he said.

Patton also saw a wave of layoffs in March, when the firm let go of 65 employees — including two dozen in the D.C. office. At the time of those layoffs, the Legal Times reported that a number of partners were asked to either improve their performance or leave the firm before the end of 2013.

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NRF HOSTS ECONOMISTS CONFAB: The National Retail Federation is hosting a group of other business trade association economists at its downtown D.C. office. NRF chief economist Jack Kleinhenz will lead the discussion on the current economic outlook and walk through upcoming government updates to the measurement of gross domestic product, expected July 31. The aim of the meeting is to share information about industries and help trade association economists who analyze and scrutinize government economic data and activity for their members, the media and the public.

BSA ADDS DELL: BSA Software Alliance announced today that Dell would be joining the trade association. Dell will participate in the alliance’s advocacy initiatives, which include protecting intellectual property, opening global markets and advancing the global cloud. Dell Software president John Swainson said in the news release that BSA membership was a natural fit for Dell because of the alliance’s “robust anti-piracy programs and a focused advocacy agenda.”

DROBAC JOINS DLA PIPER: Krista Donahue Drobac has joined DLA Piper in the firm’s government affairs practice, the firm announced today. Drobac most recently served as director of the health division at the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices. Prior to that, she worked at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Drobac will be a policy adviser in the firm’s Washington office.

QUIGLEY PUSHES JOLT ACT: Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) held a roundtable yesterday aimed at promoting Chicago tourism and the JOLT Act — a top travel industry priority. Representatives from Choose Chicago, United Airlines, Second City and the U.S. Travel Association attended the Chicago meeting. The JOLT Act would modernize and expand the visa waiver program, reduce visa wait times and expand the Global Entry Program — all aimed at easing travel into the United States.

COAL INDUSTRY PLANS MULTI-MILLION $$ CAMPAIGN: The coal industry is ramping up its plans to push back against President Barack Obama as he looks to make headway on his climate policy for the second term. Anna has the scoop on how they are about to engage in a multi-million dollar effort that will include polling, paid digital, rapid response, grass-roots and other activity. Click here for the full story: http://politi.co/15CjHNX

ENERGY MONEY FAVORS MARKEY 76 to 1: When it comes to energy money in today’s special election for the open Massachusetts Senate seat, Ed Markey is winning — by a factor of 76 to 1. Markey has benefited from nearly $3.1 million in energy cash, according to a POLITICO review of Federal Election Commission records. POLITICO’s Alex Guillen has more: http://politi.co/1aKkYZ0


Writing in The Atlantic, Norm Ornstein escalates his campaign finance fight with Mitch McConnell. http://bit.ly/147qUYv

CPI: Obama invites a Democratic donor to CEO confab. http://bit.ly/10ixpHo

The high-tech industry and labor are the two big immigration reform backers, reports Open Secrets. http://bit.ly/136GEhu




Center for Food Safety: Center for Food Safety

Gibson, Dunn Crutcher: Perry Capital, LLC

J M Burkman Associates: American Automated Warehouses

J M Burkman Associates: EE Development

J M Burkman Associates: Hoops and Fitness

J M Burkman Associates: MSP

J M Burkman Associates: Wind River LLC

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