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Former Senate aide now lobbying for CPA organization

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on July 26, 2016

The association for professional bean counters has added a former Senate aide to its team of lobbyists.

Amanda Niehenke has come to Washington to register as a lobbyist with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants after spending two years working for Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) in the state. Niehenke served Risch as a constituent services representative since graduating from the University of Idaho in 2014.

The New York-based professional organization for accountants claims to represent more than 412,000 members.

American Vaping Association lobbying Congress amid new FDA regulations

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on July 25, 2016
In a town known for blowing smoke, an association is taking a different approach with its lobbying. The American Vaping Association has filed its first federal lobbying disclosure in the wake of recent Food and Drug Administration regulations.

In May, the FDA rolled out regulations that would require e-cigarette manufacturers to demonstrate their products' safety and submit to an expensive approval process. The rules are set to go into effect Aug. 8.

The American Vaping Association, founded in 2013, is lobbying on issues related to "vapor products" and the FDA.

While e-cigarette use has risen in popularity in recent years, the number of users in the U.S. has declined by 1.7 million from 2014 to 2015, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Former rep. and Army secretary lobbying for defense sales

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on July 22, 2016

After joining K&L Gates in June, former Rep. John McHugh (R-N.Y.) has wasted no time filing as a federal lobbyist.

McHugh, who served as secretary of the Army from 2009 to 2015, is lobbying on behalf of the U.S. India Security Council regarding National Defense Authorization Act issues related to U.S.-India military cooperation and sales.

McHugh was elected to Congress in 1992 and was a ranking member of the Armed Services Committee at the time of his nomination to be Army secretary.

Once questioned about leak, ex-aide lobbying for Lockheed

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on July 21, 2016

Lorenzo Goco, a longtime Senate Intelligence Committee staffer questioned about a CIA intel leak, has filed his first federal lobbying disclosure as an employee of Lockheed Martin.

Last year, Goco was one of three Senate Intel staffers to testify in the trial of former CIA employee Jeffrey Sterling. Sterling was convicted of violating the Espionage Act for leaking classified information to journalist James Risen. Goco denied having leaked any details or having been in contact with Risen.

Goco served the committee as the Democratic deputy staff director and budget director from 2007 until 2015, when he left for cybersecurity firm KEYW Corp.

Ex-staffer-created lobbying firm takes flight

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on July 20, 2016

B+S Strategies, a lobbying firm created by two former House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee staffers in June, has filed its first federal lobbying disclosure.

Chris Bertram and Beth Spivey had worked for the committee under Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) since 2013 — Bertram as staff director and Spivey as director of outreach and coalitions.

The firm recently disclosed that it's lobbying on behalf of Airlines for America, formerly known as Air Transport Association of America, on airline-policy issues.

This marks the first federal lobbying registration for Bertram, who's worked Senate and House committees for roughly 16 years. Spivey had lobbied before as former vice president for legislative affairs for Rapiscan Systems, an airport X-ray and metal detector manufacturer.

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