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Ex-lobbyist advising House Budget Committee

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on Aug. 23, 2016

Former lobbyist and Senate counsel Jim Musser is back on the Hill, this time as a special adviser to the House Budget Committee.

Musser began the temporary appointment for the Republican side this summer.

Musser, whose most recent law business offered "strategic guidance in dealing with federal and state legislative processes and devising government relations strategies to further the client's interests," has lobbied for clients including the American Small Business Association, Pfizer and the Grocery Manufacturers Association.

He previously served as senior staff counsel to former Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) from 1993 to 1996.

Alleged fraudster lobbying for new PAC

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on Aug. 22, 2016

Only weeks after being released from federal custody for allegedly defrauding investors, lobbyist Cary Lee Peterson is back to advocate for his newly created Alliance for Disabled Inmate Abuse PAC.

In March, Peterson was arrested by the FBI and charged with several counts of false certification and securities fraud. He was released from federal custody in June on a $200,000 bond.

Peterson registered two PACs — the Alliance for Disabled Inmate Abuse, and the Democrats Socially United —  with the FEC "within days of his release," the Center for Public Integrity reported in June

Now, Peterson has filed to lobby on behalf of the Alliance for Disabled Inmate Abuse on issues related to abortion legislation for minors and rape victims, law-enforcement training, special-education study and other issues, according to a disclosure form.

Gene Autry's museum lassoes its first Washington lobbyist

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on Aug. 19, 2016

Gene Autry is lobbying from the grave. The Autry Museum of the American West, founded by the late Western film star, recently disclosed its first federal lobbying activity.

Law firm Stewart and Stewart is lobbying on the museum's behalf on issues related to education, Native-American culture and historic preservation, according to the disclosure form.

Autry co-founded the museum with his his wife Jackie, Western-film actor Monte Hale and Hale's wife Joanne as the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum in 1988.

Chaplaincy group lobbying for hospital "spiritual care"

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on Aug. 18, 2016

A nonprofit that provides chaplaincy services in hospitals is lobbying to expand access to "quality spiritual care in the U.S. health care system," according to a disclosure form.

HealthCare Chaplaincy Network offers "spiritual care" services for religious and nonreligious patients and other people "faced with illness and grief."

The organization also publishes a number of "spiritual care" resources, including a cultural-sensitivity handbook "meant to describe beliefs and practices generally found" in particular religious, ethnic and racial groups.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is lobbying on behalf of the organization.

Anti-special interests group lobbies for FEC reform

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on Aug. 17, 2016

A nonprofit that aims to reduce the influence of "well-financed" special interest groups and that counts dozens of former members of Congress among its members has filed its first federal lobbying registration.

Issue One, which is lobbying on its own behalf, is advocating for increased political-spending transparency and FEC reform, among other issues.

Issue One's "ReFormers Caucus" is made up of 150 former members of Congress and governors. Though a bipartisan group, most of its members are Democrats.

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