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ADT PARTS WAYS WITH ML STRATEGIES, SIGNS BROWNSTEIN HYATT: ADT, the home security system company, has hired Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck to lobby on FCC rules affecting the industry. ML Strategies had lobbied on similar issues for ADT since 2014, but the firm parted ways with ADT earlier this month. ML Strategies did not respond to a request for comment.
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NRSC ACCIDENTALLY OUTS AIRLINE LOBBYIST AS TIPSTER: From POLITICO Florida’s Marc Caputo: After Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) “bashed the airline industry for price gouging during Hurricane Irma and then fundraised over it, the National Republican Senatorial Committee accused the Democrat of achieving a ‘new level of tone deaf’ for exploiting the tragedy. For proof, the NRSC attached a copy of Nelson’s fundraising email addressed to … ‘Mr. Kennedy.’ Hmmm. Is that Airlines for America lobbyist Sean Kennedy? We reached out to Mr. Kennedy and asked. Mr. Kennedy first claimed he had “no idea” of Nelson’s fundraising email … So we asked him if he were the ‘Mr. Kennedy’ listed in the fundraising email. Mr. Kennedy’s response: ‘No comment.’ He then hung up.”
— “So we called Nelson’s office, which confirmed Mr. Kennedy had complained about this very issue (so much for having ‘no idea’ about it). Then we contacted Nelson’s campaign. How many people were listed as ‘Mr. Kennedy’ in its database? The answer: Only one. Mr. Kennedy, a former Obama White House legislative affairs special assistant, had no follow up comment about knifing his fellow Democrat.”
SPOTTED: At breakfast at the Hay-Adams on Thursday, according to PI tipster: Barry Bennett, who co-founded Avenue Strategies with Corey Lewandowski last year and has run it alone since Lewandowski quit in May, and Stuart Jolly, a former Donald Trump campaign staffer who joined the lobbying firm SPG after the election but left the firm after posting on Facebook a photo of himself at the White House in front of the presidential limousine with the caption “My uber finally arrived!”
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TAX REFORM UPDATE: “Vulnerable Republicans from a handful of purple districts have declared war on a central pillar of the tax plan released Wednesday by President Donald Trump and GOP leaders in Congress: A provision that would eliminate state and local tax deductibility, which they say would hike taxes on their middle-class constituents,” POLITICO’s Aaron Lorenzo and Rachael Bade report. “In the first intraparty showdown to emerge after the plan’s unveiling, Republicans from New Jersey, New York, California and Illinois are among those worried that voters in their districts will face higher taxes than they currently do. … Their campaign throws a curveball into tax reform and is already having an effect: Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) went off script Thursday and said he’d like to maintain the tax deduction if possible.” Full story.
— Among the blue-state members who have spoken up: Reps. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.), Pete King (R-N.Y.), Leonard Lance (R-N.J.) and John Faso (R-N.Y.). “The state and local tax piece is very concerning, because we’re already a donor state to Washington, and this would exacerbate that problem,” Faso, a freshman who’s considered one of the most vulnerable GOP members, told The New York Times. “And so I want to see — based on income categories — how a hypothetical family of four with a certain amount of income, with a $8,000 property tax and state income tax bill, how they are affected.”
— That’s good news for Americans Against Double Taxation, a recently formed coalition dedicated to preserving the state and local tax deductions. Its members include the National Governors Association, the National Association of Counties, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National Association of Realtors, the National Education Association, the International Association of Fire Fighters, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Sheriffs’ Association, the Service Employees International Union and more than a dozen other organizations.
A POLITICAL NETWORK TO RIVAL THE KOCHS’: The New York Times’ Ken Vogel and Jeremy Peters sketch out what the political network that Steve Bannon, Robert Mercer and his daughter, Rebekah, are building after helping Roy Moore knock off Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.) this week in a primary runoff. “Early plans call for the creation of a sort of think tank to articulate the animating issues of the coalition, according to donors and operatives who have talked to Mr. Bannon, the Mercers or their allies.”
— “They say the coalition will ally with existing groups on specific issues and will support vetted candidates and causes. Mr. Bannon has already forged an alliance with a ‘super PAC’ and a nonprofit group — the Great America PAC and the Great America Alliance — which were among the biggest spenders on behalf of Mr. Moore in Alabama. The goal is for approved groups and candidates to be funded by not only the Mercers, but by other donors recruited by the family and Mr. Bannon — a funding model similar to the one used by the Kochs and other major donor operations.” Full story.
ZINKE’S STAFFING BOARD FILLED WITH FORMER LOBBYISTS: From POLITICO’s Ben Lefebvre: “Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has assigned only political appointees, including several former industry lobbyists, as members of an advisory board on staffing and personnel issues, a move critics say sidelines members of the government workforce who are supposed to get a seat at the table. … The nine-member board is being led by Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, a former lobbyist whose clients included oil and gas interests; Associate Deputy Secretary James Cason, who worked energy issues for Kelly, Anderson & Associates Inc.; and White House liaison Lori Mashburn, among other political staff with history of lobbying for the oil and gas industry.” Full story.
CORRECTION: PI described a policy that the Coalition for Paper Options is advocating for in Thursday’s edition. The coalition is pushing for the IRS to start sending out paper tax forms again to taxpayers who file by mail. We regret the error.
— James Sonne has left the Treasury Department for MassMutual, where he’ll be assistant vice president for federal government relations.
— Koren Wong-Ervin has joined Qualcomm’s Washington office as senior legal counsel. She was previously the director of the Global Antitrust Institute and an adjunct professor at George Mason University’s School of Law.
— “Veteran broadcast lobbyist Kathy Ramsey is retiring from 21st Century Fox by year’s end, according to a company email obtained by POLITICO,” POLITICO’s Margaret Harding McGill reports. “The Republican lobbyist joined Fox in 2011 and is the senior vice president and COO of government relations, leading the company’s advocacy before Congress and the Trump administration.”
SPOTTED: At the Hay-Adams Thursday night to honor Mallory Duncan, the National Retail Federation’s senior vice president and general counsel, who’s retiring after 23 years there, according to a PI tipster: Matthew Shay, the president and chief executive of the federation, and his wife, Allison; Steve Cannon of Constantine Cannon; Tom Boyd of DLA Piper; Jeffrey Tenenbaum of Venable; Walter Arensberg of the Social Capital Group; Peter Larkin and Greg Ferrara of the National Grocers Association; and Melissa Froelich of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
— At Pandora’s fall reception at the Brixton last night, according to a PI tipster: Yuri Beckelman of Rep. Mark Takano’s office; Claudia Urrabazo of House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer’s office; Tiffany Angulo of Rep. Jim Jordan’s office; Troy Clair of Rep. G.K. Butterfield’s office; Svetlana Matt of Rep. Jerry McNerney’s office; Matt Schruers of the Computer & Communications Industry Association; Alyssa Gowens Betz of Oath; Tyler Grimm of Rep. Darrell Issa’s office; Shannon Sorensen of the National Music Publishers’ Association; John Randall of CRAFT; Brian Krebs of the DCCC; Andrew Homan and Brett Field of IMGE; Kara Watt of National Media; Aaron Golds of Glover Park Group; and Taylor Bennett, Katie Peters and Caitlin Brosseau of Pandora.
— At Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House last night, according to a PI tipster: District Mayor Muriel Bowser with Cicely Simpson, Steve Danon and Jessica Falborn of the National Restaurant Association.
— At a breakfast hosted by MWWPR at which POLITICO President Poppy MacDonald spoke in a discussion moderated by MWWPR’s Amy K. Dacey and Parker Ray, according to a PI tipster: Ieva Augstums of PhRMA; Joanne Dowdell of News Corp.; Douglas Farrar of the Aspen Institute; Peter Goettler of the Cato Institute; Ilyse Hogue of NARAL Pro-Choice America; Stephanie Schriock of EMILY’s List; and Julie Vallese of Deloitte.
NEW JOINT FUNDRAISERS:
American Association of Cosmetology Schools Political Action Committee ( AACS PAC) (PAC)
National Assistance Committee (PAC)
Pink Liberty Project (Unknown)
NEW LOBBYING REGISTRATIONS:
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP: ADT LLC
Chamber of Digital Commerce: Chamber of Digital Commerce
GridLiance GP LLC (F/k/a GridLiance Holdco LP): GridLiance GP LLC (f/k/a GridLiance Holdco LP)
Kate Jones D/B/A Caring Experts: Amedisys Inc.
Lincoln Policy Group: Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition
Penn Hill Group: American Educational Research Association
NEW LOBBYING TERMINATIONS:
Bockorny Group Inc.: Cognosante
Liebman & Associates Inc.: True North Management Partners LLC
Navista Inc.: Corporate Environmental Enforcement Council
Prime Policy Group: Welch Resources Inc.
WebMD Health Corp.: WebMD Health Corp
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