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HUAWEI ADDS ANOTHER LOBBYIST: Huawei has hired Richard Cunningham of Steptoe & Johnson to lobby on its behalf. The embattled Chinese telecommunications company in March also hired Samir Jain, a former National Security Council senior director who’s now at Jones Day. Jain’s hire drew a critical tweet from President Donald Trump after a Fox News segment suggested lobbying for Huawei might be equivalent to treason. “This is not good, or acceptable!” Trump tweeted. Huawei recently parted ways with former Rep. Don Bonker (D-Wash.) of APCO Worldwide, who’d been lobbying for the company.
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MORE NEW BUSINESS: Deloitte has added Federal Street Strategies to its roster of outside lobbying firms. AT&T has hired Adam Ingols of Owen Evans Ingols to lobby on quantum computing and “the intersection of the telecommunications network with the electrical grid,” according to a disclosure filing. Privacy for America, a coalition of advertising trade groups pushing for “enactment of comprehensive federal consumer data privacy and security legislation,” according to its website, has hired a team at Venable to lobby on its behalf. And Alex Dahl of Strategic Policy Counsel has registered to lobby for the 4 Competition Coalition, which is fighting T-Mobile’s proposed merger with Sprint, as a subcontractor to the Glover Park Group, which represents the coalition.
ELI LILLY BRINGS ON A NEW TOP LOBBYIST: Eli Lilly has hired Shawn O’Neail as vice president for government affairs, heading up the pharmaceutical giant’s federal and state lobbying efforts. He was previously head of federal government affairs for Novartis and before that lobbied for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He’ll replace Joseph Kelley. Eli Lilly spent nearly $1.4 million in the first quarter and boasts eight in-house lobbyists, according to a disclosure filing. The company also retains the BGR Group; GuidePost Strategies; Monument Advocacy; the Simmons & Russell Group; Tarplin, Downs & Young; Venn Strategies; and Williams & Jensen.
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PLUS ADDS A PARTNER: PLUS Communications, the public affairs firm that the managing partners of FP1 Strategies started last month, has hired Kelley McCullough Robertson as a partner. She was previously a partner at the DCI Group and before that worked for the Republican National Committee and on former President George W. Bush’s reelection campaign.
FLYING IN: Executives of the member companies of the Household & Commercial Products Association are in town today, meeting with Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin; Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.); and Reps. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), John Shimkus (R-Ill.) and Greg Walden (R-Ore.). Privacy executives of the member companies of the Retail Industry Leaders Association, including Walmart, Target, Home Depot and Lowe’s, are in Washington for a fly-in of their own.
— And members of the National Grocers Association and Food Marketing Institute are flying in today to advocate passage of the Restoring Investment in Improvements Act, S. 803 (116). They’ll be meeting with Sens. John Boozman (R-Ark.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and Richard Neal (D-Mass.), among others.
MERCURY ADDS A SAN FRANCISCO OFFICE: Mercury is pouring more resources into California, opening a San Francisco office and sending Jennifer Wlach, a managing director previously based in Washington, to the West Coast to run it. The lobbying and public affairs firm hired former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa last year and also maintains offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento.
— The International Liquid Terminals Association has hired Andy Wright as a vice president. He’s a longtime lobbyist who had his own firm, Wright Strategies.
— Amandine Muskus has joined Kia Motors’ Washington office as senior manager of government affairs and branding. She was previously manager of environment and energy policy for the Association of Global Automakers.
— The International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association has hired Joshua Habursky as director of federal government affairs. He most recently was assistant vice president of advocacy at the Independent Community Bankers of America.
— Delve has hired Lindsay Pitts as vice president of research and analysis, Sean McAllister as research manager and Michael Oberman as senior research analyst. Pitts was previously deputy research director at the National Republican Senatorial Committee; McAllister was a research analyst with the National Republican Congressional Committee; and Oberman has recently worked for several provincial Conservative Party organizations in Canada.
— Will Sauer has joined Duke Energy’s Washington office as director of regulatory affairs. He was previously a senior adviser on the National Economic Council.
— Ryan Canfield, a special assistant to the president for legislative affairs, is joining GuidePost Strategies as a principal, per Playbook.
— Former Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) is joining the Pass USMCA Coalition as an honorary co-chairman, per Playbook.
— Michael Huff will leave Ginnie Mae, where he’s head of government and stakeholder relations, at the end of the month to join the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta as vice president and director of government and industry relations.
SPOTTED: At a jazz night sponsored by the Turkey-U.S. Business Council on Tuesday at the residence of Serdar Kılıç, the Turkish ambassador to the U.S., according to a PI tipster: Lydia Borland of LB International Solutions; Robert Siegel, the retired NPR host; and Morris Reid, Brent Petrone, Katya Myagkova and Dan Wilson of Mercury.
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Hold the House PAC (PAC)
Vaccinate Now (Super PAC)
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP: SWF Constructors
Commonwealth Strategic Partners, LLC: Association of Professional Pipeline Surveyors (APPS)
Constantinople & Vallone Consulting LLC: Green Empire Farms, Inc.
Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies: Surterra Holdings
Crossroads Strategies, LLC: Action Now Initiative, LLC (ANI)
Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP: Reliance Industries Limited
Federal Street Strategies, LLC: Deloitte LLP
Foley & Lardner, LLP: Coalition for Tattoo Safety
Forethought Advisors, LLC: DCI Group, LLC
Ice Miller Strategies LLC: Oak Grove Technologies
Kountoupes Denham Carr & Reid, LLC: Vemo Education
Liberty Partners Group, LLC: Dallas Nephrology Associates (DVAC REF)
Midfield Consulting LLC: Modernize the Truck Fleet (Informal Coalition)
Owen Evans Ingols: AT&T Services, Inc.
Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville, P.C.: Blue Lake Rancheria
State Federal Strategies: The American Institute of Architects
Steptoe & Johnson LLP: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
Strategic Policy Counsel PLLC: The Glover Park Group LLC obo 4 Competition Coalition
Strategies 360: Montana Health CO-OP
The DLM Group: B & B Medical Services, Inc.
The Jones Firm: Nuclear Development LLC
The Nardelli Group: TeleHealth Suite, LLC
The Normandy Group, LLC: Taylor Farms
The Russell Group, Inc.: NVG, LLC (on behalf of Reinvestment Fund)
Van Scoyoc Associates: Port of Oakland
Venable LLP: Privacy for America
Arnall Golden Gregory, LLP: Industrial Safety Training Council (ISTC)
Arnall Golden Gregory, LLP: Intersections Inc.
McDermott Will & Emery LLP: Woodland Pulp, LLC
Porter Group, LLC: Neopollard Interactive LLC
Thunderbird Strategic LLC: Goldbelt, LLC
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