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Anti-tax waste lobbyist back to House

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on Oct. 20, 2017

A lobbyist and former House chief of staff is back on the Hill as Rep. Randy Weber’s (R-Texas) legislative director.

Bill Christian most recently worked as government affairs director at Citizens Against Government Waste. The fiscally conservative advocacy group's lobbying arm, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, endorsed Weber’s re-election last fall. Christian was a registerd lobbyist for the Council.

Chistian has served as chief of staff to President George W. Bush’s Selective Service System and as chief of staff to Rep. John Culbertson (R-Texas). The Texas native has also worked as a lobbyist at now-defunct Austin Copelin and Reyes, as well as his alma mater, the University of Texas. 

Rep. DesJarlais nabs traffic-safety aide

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on Oct. 19, 2017

Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) has given the green light to a traffic-safety advocate.

Hannah Russell, who DesJarlais has hired as a legislative assistant, previously spent two years as a government-relations assistant at the American Traffic Safety Services Association. 

So far this year, ATSSA has disclosed $250,000 spent to lobby the federal government on infrastructure legislation, highway funding and vehicle-communication issues. Russell did not register as a federal lobbyist through the trade group.

Ex-aide back to House for Rep. Wasserman Schultz

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on Oct. 18, 2017

A longtime House policy aide has traded in palmettos for politicians, returning to Congress to become Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's (D-Fla.) legislative director.

Matthew Ellison had spent the last year working as the South Carolina Democratic Party's policy and communications director before returning to Congress this month.

The Georgetown Law grad previously spent six years working for House Democratic Whip-turned-Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.).

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer snags Sen. Barrasso LA

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on Oct. 17, 2017

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer has scored a Senate legislative assistant for the group's lobbying team.

Marné Marotta was most recently a legislative assistant to Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.). The William and Mary Law School grad has also held policy positions with former Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Scott Brown (R-Mass.).

Marotta's first disclosed gig as a APKS associate is lobbying on trade issues for Hyosung, a South Korean industrial conglomerate.

Puerto Rico lobbying balloons after Maria

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on Oct. 16, 2017

In the month after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, some lobbyists are finding opportunity from the crisis.

While the island was already the subject of federal lobbying efforts involving the debt crisis, statehood and health care, the September hurricane accelerated the pace of new registrations. Four lobbying firms have already disclosed new contracts related to Puerto Rico disaster recovery. In the nine months prior to Maria, lobbying firms signed 10 new contracts for Puerto Rico-related work.

New clients include Puerto Rican investment company Omega Enterprises, which disclosed lobbying work through Prime Policy Group last week. The contract's lobbyists include Charlie Black, who previously had been a longtime business partner of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone.

So far, there have no new lobbying filings specifically focused on the U.S. Virgin Islands following similar hurricane devastation.

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