Lobbying World

 

• FIREARMS. ShotSpotter Inc., the self-described “world leader in gunshot detection,” has armed itself with a new lobby firm. Becker & Poliakoff will lobby for the Newark, Calif.-based company on “issues related to firearm technology,” according to lobbying disclosure records. Amanda Wood, once legislative director for ex-Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.), will be representing the company. Patton Boggs and the Ferguson Group also lobby for ShotSpotter.

• HEALTHCARE. Teva Pharmaceuticals has hired Gephardt Group Government Affairs to lobby on “FDA and healthcare policy; international trade agreements.” Former House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt (Mo.); Tom O’Donnell, Gephardt’s ex-chief of staff; and another former Gephardt aide, Andrea King, are among the lobbyists on the account.

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The American Health Care Association has hired Alston & Bird to lobby on “Medicare Part B therapy issues.” Dan Elling, once staff director for the House Ways and Means Health subcommittee, will be representing the trade group.

• HOUSING. American Continental Group has joined a roster of lobby shops working for the National Association of Home Builders. Sheryl Cohen, once chief of staff for former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.); David Urban, former chief of staff to the late Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.); and Stephen Pinkos, ex-policy director and general counsel for House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) are among the lobbyists representing the trade group on tax reform, immigration, transportation, flood insurance and other issues. 

• LABOR. The American Hotel & Lodging Association has added a prominent Republican-leaning firm to its K Street team. Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock will lobby on issues related to the hotel industry on behalf of the trade association. Billy Piper, once chief of staff to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellIf 'bipartisanship' is now a dirty word, how about a rebranding? Trump 'absolutely' qualified to be president, GOP rep says This week: Zika, Puerto Rico fights loom ahead of recess MORE (R-Ky.); Kate Hull, former staff director for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee; and Kirk Blalock, a former senior aide to President George W. Bush, are among the lobbyists working for the group.

•TELECOMMUNICATIONS. AT&T has hired former Rep. Dave Obey’s (D-Wis.) ex-chief of staff to lobby on “telecommunications.” William Stone of Jefferson Business Consulting is now representing the telecom giant.