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Ethics and Apartheid: How Israel Junkets Undermine U.S. Democracy

by Foreign Policy Journal on 02/02/2016

Lobbying World

by The Hill on 01/26/2016

For one day only, the Senate’s a matriarchy

by Roll Call on 01/26/2016

The wait is over for ex-lawmakers ready to lobby

by Roll Call on 01/19/2016

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Posted by Sean Myers on Feb. 3, 2016

A former House staffer turned lawyer is a newly minted registered lobbyist. Daniel David Graver's path from Capitol Hill to lobbying was not a straight shot, however.

He was a legislative assistant with Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) before leaving in mid-2008. He then went to law school at the University of Texas and spent a summer interning with the law firm and lobbying power Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Following Graver's graduation in 2013, he joined the firm as an associate to focus on data privacy in the health field. The firm's most recent filings as a lobbyist shows him covering issues related to the implementation of the Life Safety Code, an advisory instrument on fire and building safety.

 

Posted by Sean Myers on Feb. 2, 2016

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) will get up and close with his constituents Feb. 27: He will commute with them to work.

Moulton will ride the T's commuter rail from Rockport to North Station. He is inviting his constituents and other Bostonians to join him and talk about their political concerns. He will board the train at 7:22 a.m. in Rockport and is scheduled to ride to downtown Boston's North Station until 8:33 a.m.

A Marine veteran of the Iraq War, Moulton was among the first U.S. troops to enter Baghdad in 2003. In Moulton's fourth and final tour of duty, Gen. David Petraeus tapped him to work as a special liaison to tribal leaders in southern Iraq. Since being elected to Congress in 2015, Moulton has been active in the Armed Services Committee and the Small Business Committee, where he is the ranking member of the Health and Technology Subcommittee.

Posted by Sean Myers on Feb. 1, 2016

A constitutional law professor and thrice-defeated candidate for the House of Representatives has joined a congressional panel to investigate Planned Parenthood.

Frank Scaturro is the newest member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives. Congress created the group to gather information about the medical and business practices of abortion providers, specifically Planned Parenthood, and whether it sells baby parts. Leading Democrats compare the panel to the recent, "politicized" one that investigated Hillary Clinton's role in the Benghazi attack.

Scaturro, a longtime champion and expert of President Ulysses S. Grant, gained fame with his 1998 book "President Grant Reconsidered." The book sparked a reassessment of the Civil War general turned president.

Scaturro practiced law before joining the staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee as counsel for the Constitution Subcommittee in 2005. The Republican ran and lost races in 2010, 2012 and 2014 for the 4th congressional district of New York. 

Posted by Sean Myers on Jan. 29, 2016

A career legislative staffer has left her role as chief policy adviser to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) for a job in a nonprofit organization that promotes philanthropy.

Katherine Haley, who has been on Capitol Hill since 2002, has joined the advocacy group Philanthropy Roundtable as senior director for K-12 education programs. Haley had been an assistant to the Speaker of the House since 2011, serving both Ryan and Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) on education, antipoverty and other social issues.

The Philanthropy Roundtable's mission is to "foster excellence in philanthropy, to protect philanthropic freedom, to assist donors in achieving their philanthropic intent, and to help donors advance liberty, opportunity, and personal responsibility in America and abroad."  Haley will focus on philanthropic missions in the educational realm. An advocate for school choice, she was instrumental in the successful reauthorization of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, which awards scholarships to low-income students so they can attend D.C. private schools.

Haley previously served as a policy adviser and legislative assistant for former Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) and as a legislative aide for former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas).

A native of Arizona, Haley earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Duke University and her master's in government from Johns Hopkins University.

 

Posted by Sean Myers on Jan. 28, 2016

The former senior policy adviser for Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) has registered as a federal lobbyist to handle energy clients, primarily out West.

Timothy Robison, who became vice president of Morgan Meguire in October, is now lobbying for such entities as the Southern California Public Power Authority and the Sacramento (Calif.) Municipal Utility District. It's the first time Robison has ever registered as a federal lobbyist, although he has worked for government affairs firms before. 

Robison started his political career on Capitol Hill as a legislative aide to the late Rep. Phil Crane (R-Ill.) from 2001-04. He was the senior legislative assistant for Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) until becoming a partner at A.C. Robison and Associates in March 2006 and then joining Booz Allen Hamilton as an associate in July 2009.

In January 2013, Robison left Booz Allen and joined Stewart's staff.

Morgan Meguire is a government relations, public affairs and strategic communications firm that works for private and public-sector clients that do business with the federal government.

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