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Senate Appropriations snags Chamber lobbyist

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on April 25, 2018

An attorney is back to the Senate after only a year lobbying for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Brian Daner is now counsel to the Senate Appropriations Committee's Financial Services Subcommittee under Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.).

Daner previously spent a combined five years with the Senate Banking Committee and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He left the Hill for the Chamber's Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness last April. Daner lobbied on a range of budget, finance and government-reform issues.

Hyperloop lobby makes stop in Washington

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on April 24, 2018

Another company is testing the premise that politics abhors a vacuum.

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies is the second group in a year lobbying the federal government to make hyperloop — the proposed system that would use partial vacuums to transport objects and people at ultra-high speeds — a reality. The start-up has hired G2G Consulting to "educate and advocate for hyperloop," according to a disclosure released yesterday. HTT is reportedly in talks with government officials about building a route that would connect Chicago, Ill. and Cleveland, Ohio.

Last year, the unrelated Virgin Hyperloop One also hit up the federal government, hiring Jochum Shore & Trossevin to "educate" Congress on the much-hyped system.

Neither Virgin Hyperloop One nor NTT is affiliated with Elon Musk, who popularized the hyperloop concept.

Rep. Fleischmann's son lobbying Congress

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on April 23, 2018

The son of Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.) has made his federal lobbying debut.

Jamie Fleischmann is representing the American Association of Colleges of Nursing before Congress, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education, according to a recent Polsinelli disclosure. He has worked as an associate in the law firm's Chattanooga, Tenn. office since 2016, when he graduated from Alabama Law.

Jamie is one of three sons of Rep. Fleischmann, who has been in office since 2011. He is lobbying on a range of budget, health care, education, immigration and tax issues.

Native American gaming group adds Rep. Torres aide

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on April 20, 2018

A congressional staffer and expert on Native American issues is trying his luck at the National Indian Gaming Association.

Rudy Soto was most recently a legislative assistant to Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif.), ranking member on the Natural Resources Committee's Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs Subcommittee.

Soto, a member of the sovereign Confederated Tribe of Grand Ronde of Oregon, joins NIGA this month as legislative director. Before going to work for Torres in 2016, Soto was a policy analyst at the National Council of Urban Indian Health and a youth engagement specialist at the National Indian Child Welfare Association.

GOP outmourns Democrats after Barbara Bush's passing

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on April 19, 2018

When partisan battles have raged over the years in Washington, first ladies mostly have risen above the fray and managed bipartisan respect. During her life, Barbara Bush was no exception. 

Yet after Barbara Bush passed away on Tuesday evening, many Republicans in Congress memorialized Bush with press releases and tweets, while Democrats were far more likely to mourn in silence. Congressional Republicans published five press releases for every one issued by Democrats. Republicans were twice as likely to tweet about it.

As of noon today, 90 members have issued press releases memorializing the former first lady. Of those, more than 83 percent — 75 press releases — are from Republicans. Only 14 Democrats, plus Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), have so far published official statements on Bush's death.

Republicans were also more likely to tweet about Bush, with 279 tweets and retweets to official and campaign accounts since her passing. Democratic members have posted 157 tweets, plus one tweet each from the independent Sens. King and Bernie Sanders (Vt.).

A LegiStorm analysis found similar partisan divides following the 2015 death of Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.), when Republicans issued three times the number of press releases compared to Democrats, and the 2013 death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), when Democrats published nearly twice as many as Republicans.

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