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Rep. Rooney press secretary toasts to state-policy job

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on Jan. 10, 2018

Rep. Tom Rooney's (R-Fla.) press secretary is trading in D.C. for Malibu.

Max Moody is now director of state policy at Pernod Ricard. The beverage producer ― one of the world's largest - is the name behind brands like Absolut Vodka, Jameson Irish Whiskey and Malibu Rum.

Pernod Picard is on track to report about $1.1 million in federal lobbying. But it's at the state level where beverage-industry players exert the most clout, with distributors and wholesalers engaged in long-standing political turf wars in virtually every state.