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— Saudi Arabia hired its 10th firm, King & Spalding, for a term and fees to be determined. The kingdom is spending more than $1 million as it fought unsuccessfully to sustain President Barack Obama‘s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act and now tries to roll back the law letting terrorism victims sue the country.
— WilmerHale‘s Jonathan Yarowsky will lobby for Monsanto on the merger with Bayer. He recently worked on the Cigna–Anthem, Charter–Time Warner and Walgreens–CVS acquisitions. The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the Bayer-Monsanto deal last month.
— PhRMA signed Matt McGinley, the former chief of staff to Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) now at Advanced Policy Consulting, to lobby on the Affordable Care Act, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation and Independent Payment Advisory Board.
— Commodities trader Archer Daniels Midland Company and ethanol producers group Growth Energy tapped former Dennis Hastert aide David Thompson and Department of Energy staffer Joseph McMonigle of Blank Rome to lobby on fuel policy.
— Millennium Health added Heide Bajnrauh and Todd Tuten of Akin Gump to lobby on medication monitoring and Medicare coverage and reimbursement policies. K&L Gates already represented the company.
— Former Rep. Jack Kingston, Jack Deschauer, Meg Gilley and Kameron Simmons of Squire Patton Boggs are lobbying for software developer MicroPact.
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— NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises hired Luis Rosero as vice president of government affairs. Rosero was director and co-founder of the Hispanic Business Strategy Group at Toyota Motor North America and previously the company’s national manager of corporate communications and media relations.
— Marco Palmieri, president of Novelis North America, became the Aluminum Association’s new second vice chairman.
HVF on K: Next week, McGuireWoods is hosting a Hillary Victory Fund fundraiser with Clinton’s senior policy adviser, Jake Sullivan.
BANK SHOT: The Independent Community Bankers Association and the National Association of Federal Credit Unions are asking Congress and federal regulators to skip new rules in response to the Wells Fargo scandal, reports The Hill’s Vicki Needham. “Those kind of regulations fall most heavily on the community banks because they don’t have the personnel to keep dealing with wave after wave of regulations,” said Camden Fine of the ICBA.
TAX MAN: 45Committee, the new conservative group founded by megadonor Todd Ricketts, is spending nearly $1 million on an ad campaign encouraging voters to pressure Congress to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, writes POLITICO’s Rachael Bade. “With members of Congress returning to their districts, we wanted to remind them, and their constituents, that it is time to put a stop to the arrogance, to the deceit, and to the dysfunction at the IRS,” said 45Committee president Brian Baker. The ads will air in every congressional district.
NURSES IN NUMBERS: The American Nursing Association and the American Hospital Association mobilized supporters to back a proposal that would allow highly skilled nurses in the Veterans Health Administration to manage patients’ care without a supervising physician, reports The Hill’s Christine Ayala. The open comment period attracted a record-setting 174,411 responses. The American Society of Anesthesiologists and the American Academy of Family Physicians oppose the rule.
COMMITTEE LADDER: Reps. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) and Sam Graves (R-Mo.) are already jockeying for Rep. Bill Shuster’s (R-Pa.) gavel, even though the House Transportation chairman has another two years left before he hits the term limit, Lauren Gardner reports for POLITICO. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) who voiced support for Graves based on seniority. But Denham however may have the upper hand in connections and fundraising: He has a close relationship with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and fundraised for former presidential contender Jeb Bush.
COMPETITION: Dentons started a new public policy blog called Soap Box, covering Washington and the states. James Richardson, a former spokesman and adviser for the Republican National Committee and Govs. Haley Barbour and Jon Huntsman, will be managing editor, and contributors will include Eric Tanenblatt, a former aide to Presidents George W. Bush and George H. W. Bush; John Russell, deputy to the chief of staff to then-House Speaker Denny Hastert; Sander Lurie, the former chief of staff to Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.); former U.S. Ambassador Jeff Bleich, former Georgia House Majority Whip Ed Lindsey, former Colorado House Majority Leader Amy Stephens, Amy Odom, Darry Sragow, Brian Grace and Tim Plunkett.
EVENT ALERT — Boomer Women and The Election: What’s at Stake? A deep-dive conversation on the concerns of women over 50 and how the candidates plan to meet them. We’ll discuss how boomer women will influence elections, candidates’ plans on Social Security and how they reflect women’s economic concerns, policy options to address Alzheimer’s Disease and more. Speakers include Lake Research Partners President Celinda Lake, CAP CEO Neera Tanden and more. Thursday, 8 a.m. — The Mayflower Hotel. RSVP: here.
NEW JOINT FUNDRAISERS:
Gary Johnson National Victory Fund: Non-Qualified Non-Party, Joint Fundraiser
Southern Arizona Victory Fund: Non-Qualified Non-Party, Joint Fundraiser
Fifty Second Street Fund: Non-Qualified Non-Party, Unauthorized
Greater America Under God: Independent Expenditure-Only Committee, Unauthorized
Main Street Political Party: Non-Qualified Party, Unauthorized
New Confederates Party: Non-Qualified Party, Unauthorized
Vijay Ingam: Independent Expenditure-Only Committee, Unauthorized
Working Families Party Independent Expenditure Committee: Independent Expenditure-Only Committee, Unauthorized
NEW LOBBYING REGISTRATIONS:
38 North Solutions, LLC: Stem, Inc.
Advanced Policy Consulting, LLC: Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld: Millennium Health
Blank Rome Government Relations: Archer Daniels Midland Company
Blank Rome Government Relations: Growth Energy
Bramer Group, LLC: Smith’s Machine LLC
Downs Government Affairs: College of Southern Nevada
Downs Government Affairs: Collin College
Runyan Public Affairs, LLC: Donnelley Financial Solutions, Inc.
Squire Patton Boggs: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority
Squire Patton Boggs: MicroPact
NEW LOBBYING TERMINATIONS:
Gray & Oscar, LLC (formerly Bob Gray, LLC): Agri-Mark INC
Gustafson Associates: American University in Kosovo Foundation
Natural Resource Results LLC: Experience America
theGROUP DC, LLC: Retirement Clearinghouse
Van Fleet Associates: FieldTurf Tarkett
Van Fleet Associates: Sprinturf
Van Fleet Associates: Textile Management Associates
Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP: Coalition for Regional Transportation
Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP: Sarepta Therapeutics Inc