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PHRMA ADDS TWO: The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America has added two more outside lobbying firms: FTI Government Affairs and the S-3 Group. John Whitcomb of FTI will lobby on Latin American trade policy for PhRMA, while John Scofield, Rob Collins and Arjun Mody of S-3 will lobby on broader legislative issues, according to disclosure filings. PhRMA is one of K Street’s biggest lobbying spenders, shelling out $25.4 million last year, and retains dozens of outside firms.
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MORE NEW BUSINESS: The deluge of filings ahead of Friday’s deadline continues, and here’s what caught our eye in today’s crop of registrations. Josh Holly’s new firm, Holly Strategies, has added a couple of notable clients: Lockheed Martin and Michelin. And Honeywell has added the Alpine Group to its squadron of outside lobbying firms. Alpine’s Rhod Shaw, a former chief of staff to Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Mike Henry will lobby on fuel-economy regulations, according to a disclosure filing. Honeywell is a big lobbying spender: The conglomerate spent $5.6 million on lobbying last year and retains several other Washington lobbying firms.
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FLYING IN: The Recording Academy is in town today for its annual "GRAMMYs on the Hill" day. Musicians will be pressing members to support the Music Modernization Act of 2018, meeting with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Reps. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), and Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).
— Parent advocates are on the Hill, too, calling on Congress to improve child care quality as part of the Child Care Aware of America symposium. Among the lawmakers they’ll meet with: Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION RESPONDS TO LEAKED POLLING: The National Restaurant Association has responded to a report in The Intercept on Tuesday night on polling the trade group commissioned that “found that the industry’s various talking points against raising the wage are mostly falling flat with the general public.” (The association did not respond to a request for comment for The Intercept’s story.) “The public opinion research confirmed our ongoing efforts to find a solution that balances the needs of customers, employees, and business owners,” the association said in a statement to PI. “When it comes to minimum wage, there is not a one size fits all policy. What works in New York City could be drastically different than what works in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The research addressed a range of employment issues, including immigration reform and second-chance employment for non-violent, first time offenders.”
MORE TARIFF RESISTANCE: “Small and medium-size U.S. manufacturers hurt by President Donald Trump’s new tariffs on steel and aluminum announced a new coalition Wednesday aimed at killing the measures,” POLITICO’s Doug Palmer reports. “Trump‘s decision to impose the tariffs ‘really cuts us off at the knees,’ Troy Roberts, CEO of Qualtek Manufacturing in Colorado Springs, Colo., said at a press conference. ‘It goes way beyond the benefits that we got from the tax reform and the regulatory reform.’” Full story.
— GOPAC has added Christina Aiuto Norton as communications and political director and Taylor Harber Mullon as finance director. Norton was previously director of political operations at the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Mullon was previously vice president of Grand Valley Consulting.
— The Internet Association has hired Sean Perryman as director of diversity and inclusion policy and counsel. He was previously a Democratic staffer on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
— Jon Lindekugel, senior vice president of 3M, has joined the National Association of Manufacturers’ board of directors.
NEW JOINT FUNDRAISERS:
Porter Warren Victory Fund (Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Katie Porter)
Citizens for a Stronger New Jersey (Super PAC)
Homeless Veterans Coalition PAC (Super PAC)
Ohioans for Our Future (Super PAC)
Ohioans for Our Future PAC (Super PAC)
Our Revolution PAC (PAC)
Upstate Conservative Victory PAC, Inc. (Super PAC)
NEW LOBBYING REGISTRATIONS:
Alpine Group, Inc.: ArdentMC
Alpine Group, Inc.: Honeywell
Atlas Advocacy: Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network
Brimley Group Inc.: Firefly Aerospace
Capitol Counsel LLC: National Society of Genetic Counselors
Capitol Counsel LLC: The Walter Group LLC on behalfof Financial Security, Safety & Soundness Coal. Capitol Hill Consulting Group: American Heart Association Capitol Hill Consulting Group: Global Technical Systems (GTS)
Capitol Hill Consulting Group: Offshore Cleaning Systems
Capitol Hill Consulting Group: The St. Joe Company
CarterMcClean LLC: Florida Turbine Technologies
cLausten LLC: David Horne, LLC on behalf of Rye Development
Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies: Environmental Litigation Group
David Turch & Assoc.: West Valley Water District
East End Group, LLC: Exelixis, Inc.
Engler LLC: Wexler | Walker, a unit of Hill+Knowlton Strategies, LLC on behalf of NASSCOM
Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting: Marathon Oil Company
Farragut Partners LLP: Preservation Ranch LLC
Ferox Strategies: Decision Sciences
Ferox Strategies: Diageo North America
FTI Government Affairs: Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)
Hart Health Strategies: American Society of Breast Surgeons
Hart Health Strategies: College of American Pathologists
Health Care Alliance For Patient Safety: Health Care Alliance For Patient Safety
Holly Strategies Incorporated: Ferox Strategies (on behalf of Decision Sciences)
Holly Strategies Incorporated: Ferox Strategies (on behalf of Perceptics LLC)
Holly Strategies Incorporated: Lockheed Martin Corporation
Holly Strategies Incorporated: Michelin North America, Inc.
J.A. Green and Company (formerly LLC): Millennium Corporation
JMH Group, formerly Jamian Mcelroy & Hamlin, LLC: Altair Engineering
McAllister & Quinn, LLC: Sinai Health System
McCarthy Advanced Consulting LLC: Coalition for a Strong America, for Digital Assets Coalition of America
Mercury: Bold Strategies, LLC on Behalf of of Southeast Louisiana Flood Control Authority
Mr. Robert Bissen: National Medal of Honor Museum
Mr. Thomas Hughes: Intuit, Inc.
MWW Group: United Way of Northern New Jersey
National Group, LLP: City of Garden City Kansas
S-3 Group: Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)
Spencer Abraham: Engler LLC on behalf of Wexler | Walker on behalf of NASSCOM
Squire Patton Boggs: Impact Journals, LLC
Squire Patton Boggs: Republic Steel
Sternhell Group: Innovative Lending Platform Association
Strategic Marketing Innovations: Enterprise Ventures Corporation (EVC)
Strategic Marketing Innovations: Qorvo
Strategic Marketing Innovations: Roccor
Strategic Marketing Innovations: Tie Down Engineering
Strategic Marketing Innovations: Ultra-met Carbide Technologies
Thompson Coburn LLP: Rockland Industries
Ulman Public Policy & Federal Relations: Doucet Consulting Solutions (on behalf of Population Health Working Group)
Van Ness Feldman, LLP: Deep Isolation
Van Ness Feldman, LLP: Minnkota Power Cooperative
NEW LOBBYING TERMINATIONS:
American Defense International, Inc.: Fluor Corporation
American Defense International, Inc.: Quantum ICT Research Union
American Defense International, Inc.: Spectra Technologies LLC
Arent Fox LLP: Center for Vein Restoration
Barnes & Thornburg, LLP: Forterra, Inc.
Barnes & Thornburg, LLP: The Methodist Hospitals, Inc.
Brimley Group Inc.: Clark Street Associates
Capitol Counsel LLC: D2L Incorporated
Carliner Strategies LLC: Humanity United
Cavarocchi Ruscio Dennis Associates, L.L.C.: American Brain Tumor Association
Covington & Burling LLP: AnchorFree
Covington & Burling LLP: Chiquita Brands International
Cuneo Gilbert & LaDuca: Integrated Solutions Group on behalf of Simmons, Browder (law firm)
Farragut Partners LLP: Globe Metallurgical
Farragut Partners LLP: MedTag, LLC
Farragut Partners LLP: NextEra Energy, Inc.
Farragut Partners LLP: SteelRiver Infrastructure Partners
Foresight Law + Policy PLLC: National Association of Elementary School Principals
Four Rivers Consulting: Marathon Oil Company
FTI Government Affairs: Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc.
FTI Government Affairs: DigitalGlobe, Inc.
FTI Government Affairs: Space Systems Loral Inc /MDA
Hance Scarborough: Waste Control Specialists, LLC
Impact Management Group: Advantage Capital Partners
Impact Management Group: Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association
James W Segel LLC: Liberty Mutual Insurance
Jenkins Hill Consulting, LLC: M & H Group, Inc.
K&L Gates LLP: Harsco Corporation
K&L Gates LLP: Neurotechnology Industry Organization
Littler Mendelson: Association for Responsible Alternatives to Workers' Compensation
Littler Mendelson: Materion Corporation
Lobbyit.com: Cenikor Foundation
Manatt, Phelps, and Phillips: Alon USA Energy Inc
McGuireWoods Consulting: Anjon Biologics, Inc.
Mercury: HSBC North America Holdings Inc.
Mercury: Morganza Action Coalition
Mercury: Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce
Mercury: Sharp Decision
Miller & Wenhold Capitol Strategies: National Court Reporters Association
Miller Strategies, LLC: Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
Miller Strategies, LLC: Monserrate Simonet & Gierbolini, LLC obo Sun West Mortgage Company, Inc.
Miller Strategies, LLC: Sondhi Solutions
Mr. Gaylord Hughey: East Texas Medical Center
Mr. Theodore (Ted) Jones: Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana
Mr. Theodore (Ted) Jones: Newman's Own Foundation
Mr. Theodore (Ted) Jones: The St. Bernard Port, Harbor & Terminal District
National Group, LLP: Lea County
National Group, LLP: SPO Strategic Consulting
National Group, LLP: Vigilant Solutions
PD Frazer Consulting, Inc.: Niagara Falls Bridge Commission
PricewaterhouseCoopers: Weatherford International Inc
Robbins Ross Alloy Belinfante Littlefield LLC: Celebration Leadership Council
Rubin Health Policy Consulting, LLC: ElevatingHOME
Rubin Health Policy Consulting, LLC: Visiting Nurses Associations of America
Sconset Strategies, LLC: Exchange Capital, LLC
SMW Partners, LLC: Build a Better New York Infrastructure Inc.
SMW Partners, LLC: Laborers' International Union of North America
SMW Partners, LLC: Marks and Sokolov, LLC on behalf of Igor Kolomoisky
SMW Partners, LLC: NES Financial
Squire Patton Boggs: Ohio Business Roundtable
Steptoe & Johnson LLP: Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company
The Estell Group, LLC: Focus: HOPE
The Ingram Group LLC: APTS Action, Inc.
The Livingston Group, L.L.C.: Lake Charles Methanol
The Madison Group: ACT1 Group
The Madison Group: American Retirement Association
The Madison Group: ArmadaGlobal
The Madison Group: Coalition for Investor Choice, Inc
The Madison Group: International Launch Services
The Madison Group: Reset Public Affairs on behalf of CoStar Group
The Madison Group: Signature Renovations
The Madison Group: TLC Engineering
The Majority Group, LLC: Edison Electric Institute
The McKeon Group, Inc.: Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc.
The McKeon Group, Inc.: Cubic Defense Applications, Inc.
The McKeon Group, Inc.: General Dynamics
The McKeon Group, Inc.: The Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas
The McKeon Group, Inc.: U.S. Education Servicing LLC
The Washington Tax & Public Policy Group (formerly The Washington Tax Group): Ally Financial Inc.
The Washington Tax & Public Policy Group (formerly The Washington Tax Group): Enel Green Power North America Inc & Affiliates (F/K/A Enel North America Inc
The Washington Tax & Public Policy Group (formerly The Washington Tax Group): Organization for International Investment
Whitmer & Worrall, LLC: Bcast, Inc.
Whitmer & Worrall, LLC: U.S. Travel Association