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Democrats still shying away from town hall events

by Washington Free Beacon on 04/11/2016

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Posted by Nate Hoffman on June 24, 2015
Rep. Jerry McNerney's (D-Calif.) newest hire is a former professional cheerleader and reality TV star.

Jalina Porter started her congressional gig this month as a press and staff assistant. Prior to joining the Californian's staff, she was dancing for the local NBA team a mile away from the Capitol. She was a Washington Wizards Girl for the past two years, where she cheered on the team as it made it past the first round of the NBA playoffs two years in a row. Before moving to the East Coast, Porter was a cheerleader for the Oakland Raiders during the 2012 NFL season.

The Danville, Calif. native also passed on her expertise to one lucky teenager. On MTV's "MADE", Porter helped Mandy, a thespian high school junior, train and try out for her school's varsity cheerleading team. Though Mandy did not make the final cut, Porter was able to give her the confidence to become friends with some of the cheerleaders, which was one of Mandy's original goals.

Porter earned her BBA in marketing from Howard University and volunteered with the Peace Corps in Cambodia.

Posted by Jenna Ebersole on June 23, 2015

A federal affairs staffer at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey during the unfolding of the "Bridgegate" scandal has returned to Congress.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's former allies are accused of closing traffic lanes in Fort Lee, New Jersey, as an act of political revenge in September 2013. Krista Harvey has worked two stints at the agency, from March to June 2013, and again at her old job as assistant director of federal affairs beginning in November 2013.

The gap in 2013 came after Christie appointed New Jersey Attorney General Jeff Chiesa senator after the death of Democrat Frank Lautenberg and Harvey left to serve as his legislative assistant until his October departure. 

Harvey was a primary point of contact at Port Authority on federal legislative activities and with congressional staff, according to her LinkedIn page, as probes into "Bridgegate" by federal prosecutors and in New Jersey continued. She left the agency this month for a position as Republican staff director with the House Homeland Security Committee's Transportation Security Subcommittee.

Harvey married her husband, Jeff Harvey, just before returning to Port Authority in 2013. He serves as Rep. Dave Reichert's (R-Wash.) chief of staff and was Christie's coalitions director in his 2009 campaign.

The Port Authority has registered to lobby this year on issues including Department of Transportation appropriations, airport employee screening and trade policy. Krista Harvey, who has a bachelor's in political science and government from Georgetown University, has never filed lobbying papers herself.

The returned staffer got her start on the Hill in 2011 with the House Homeland Security Committee.

Posted by Jenna Ebersole on June 22, 2015

A former congressman from Virginia has registered to lobby for a Russian bank hit by U.S. sanctions.

Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.) left Congress in 2011 after serving for nearly three decades, joining Sidley Austin LLP as head of the government strategies group a few months later. He filed his first lobbying registration last week for JSC VTB Bank in Moscow with Sidley Austin at a cost of $40,000 monthly.

Boucher's firm agreed to provide "government strategies counsel and lobbying" of Congress and the White House on U.S. government sanctions on Russian-affiliated banks. The Russian bank, the country's second largest, was targeted for sanctions last year

Boucher has a 1968 bachelor's degree from Roanoke College and a 1971 law degree from the University of Virginia.

Posted by Jenna Ebersole on June 19, 2015

Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.) has hired a legislative director back to the Hill after she spent just over a year working in government relations for a medical imaging technology organization.

Erin Doty Georges last served in Congress for two different House Democrats as legislative director, Reps. Filemon Vela (D-Texas) and Heath Shuler (D-N.C.). She left in May 2013 and worked on the Troy Jackson for Congress campaign before joining the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance as director of federal and state government relations in February 2014.

The new staffer, who first came to the Hill to work for Shuler in 2007, has registered to lobby for the National Electric Manufacturers Association over the last year on issues including Veterans' Affairs equipment procurement, the medical device tax and enrollment. The House voted to eliminate the tax this week.

She has a bachelor's and master's in public affairs from Indiana University Bloomington.

Posted by Jenna Ebersole on June 18, 2015

The Human Rights Campaign has hired Rep. Cheri Bustos' (D-Ill.) top staffer for a policy position.

Allison Jaslow left her chief of staff position with Bustos in March and started last month at the organization, which registers to lobby for LGBT rights. She worked for Bustos for more than two years and also has experience in communications and press work on the Hill with Rep. Steve Kagen (D-Wis.) and Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.).

HRC has registered to lobby this year on employment discrimination, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and tax equity issues. Jaslow has not yet filed as a lobbyist at her new job.

Jaslow has a bachelor's in political science and military science from the University of Central Missouri. She served with the U.S. Army in Iraq between September 2004 and December 2005 and again from 2006-08.

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