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House LC picked up in lobbying firm expansion

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on Nov. 8, 2016

As part of the lobbying firm's expansion of its health-policy division, Cavarocchi Ruscio Dennis Associates has picked up Rep. Joyce Beatty's (D-Ohio) legislative correspondent, who worked with the congresswoman on health care, among other issues.

David Eaton, who had worked for Beatty since 2014, joins the firm as a health policy associate.

CRD, whose recent clients include Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the American Brain Tumor Association and the Academy of Radiology Research, already had a robust relationship with the health-care industry when the firm announced the expansion of its health-care policy work in late October.

Rep. Israel's press secretary joins medical board group

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on Nov. 7, 2016

The Federation of State Medical Boards has given Rep. Steve Israel's (D-N.Y.) press secretary a clean bill of health. 

Joe Knickrehm, who joined Israel's office from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2014, is now the non-profit's communications and public affairs manager. 

The trade association, which represents 70 state medical and osteopathic boards around the country, has reported spending at least $590,000 on lobbying so far this year, on medical issues ranging from interstate compact legislation to tele-medicine regulation.

Harley Davidson rides again with new lobbyist

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on Nov. 4, 2016

Harley-Davidson is riding into town — with a lobbyist.

The company's first in-house lobbyist comes seven years after the company hit the brakes on its federal advocacy, ending its contract with lobbying firm Steptoe & Johnson in 2009. The company's subsidiary, Harley-Davidson Financial Services, has lobbied through Peck Madigan Jones since 2009.

April Canter, who previously spent five years as a lobbyist for the American Nurses Association, joins Harley as its government affairs manager. She previously lobbied for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and served as a staff assistant to former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Her husband is former White House photographer David Bohrer.

Harley Davidson's current lobbying issues include the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2016, which would amend the Clean Air Act to modify air-emission rules for competition vehicles, and the Military Lending Act.

Fed up with VW case, car-charging company hires lobbyists

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on Nov. 3, 2016

The country's largest charging-station company for electric vehicles has enlisted lobbying firm Arnold & Porter in its battle to save its industry.

ChargePoint opposes the terms of Volkswagen's settlement with the U.S. government, brought on over claims that the car manufacturer had cheated on emissions tests. Earlier this month, ChargePoint asked a federal judge to change the terms of the $2 billion agreement, arguing that the settlement could have "potentially disastrous" effects on the industry, according to an industry publication. The settlement would require Volkswagen to fund electric charging efforts, which ChargePoint fears will flood the market with competing dollars.

Now, the company discloses that it's officially lobbying the federal government on vague issues "related to [the] electric vehicle industry." Arnold & Porter lobbyists assigned to the case include Kristine Blackwood, former chief counsel to the Senate Special Committee on Aging, and Greg Louer, ex-policy director to Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and former Rep. Charlie Norwood (R-Ga.).

Elevator trade group lobbying after astonishing admission

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on Nov. 2, 2016

This is a story that could be uplifting or send to you to the subbasement. National Elevator Industry Inc., which recently made news by admitting that most elevator's "close" buttons don't do anything, has begun lobbying the federal government.

According to the New York Times, the trade group's executive director revealed that the close-door feature was fazed out in the 1990s, disappointing workers who are just trying to get to their offices already.

The trade group is contracting with firm Findlay and Western Strategies for the lobbying work, which deals with Defense Department elevator design and acquisition.

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