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100 business executives discuss how to combat new voting rules: report
A group of more than 100 business community leaders joined a Zoom call on Saturday to explore what steps they could take to push back against legislation being considered in state legislatures across the country that would tighten voting laws, The Washington Post reported.Leaders from Delta, American, United, Starbucks, Target, LinkedIn, Levi Strauss and Boston Consulting Group were present on the Zoom call, the Post reported. Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank was also reportedly included in the conversation.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce promoted Justin Waller to executive vice president and chief operating officer. He has worked at the Chamber for six years and previously was senior adviser and senior vice president of operations. The Chamber hired Stefan Freiberg as its chief financial officer. He previously worked at the International Council of Shopping Centers and before that worked at Deloitte for 15 years.
The Asian American Hotel Owners Association hired Dean Heyl as vice president of government affairs. He previously was director of the Office of Public Liaison at the Labor Department during the Trump administration and before that was chief legal officer at the International Franchise Association.
U.K. Probes Greensill Contracts Amid Cameron Lobbying Row
The U.K. announced an investigation into how the now insolvent Greensill Capital secured government contracts, a probe likely to include the lobbying of ministers by former premier David Cameron. © Bloomberg The building housing the headquarters of Greensill Capital in London, U.K., on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Greensill is in the process of filing for insolvency in the U.K. after a swift crisis of confidence deprived it of major buyers of the loans it made and regulators stepped in to oversee its German bank.
Husch Blackwell Strategies hired Joe Novotny, former reading clerk for the House of Representatives, as a principal in its federal practice group. Novotny was appointed as House reading clerk in 2010 by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and stepped down from the post last month.
Stephen Cote was named a principal at Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas. He previously was Republican staff director on the House Financial Services Committee and before that was GOP staff director on the House Rules Committee. He also served as director for legislative affairs at the White House Office of Management and Budget under former President George W. Bush.
Andrea Hechavarria joined the digital health company Butterfly Network as vice president of government affairs. She previously worked in federal affairs and public policy at 3M and before that was legislative assistant to Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa).
Corporations agree to transparency on climate lobbying
Insurer American International Group Inc., railroad company CSX Inc. and electric companies Duke Energy Corp., FirstEnergy Corp. and Entergy Corp. have pledged to report publicly about their influence on climate policy and alignment with the Paris Agreement, according to investors. It’s the latest win for shareholders as companies’ influence on government policy gains attention and President […] The post Corporations agree to transparency on climate lobbying appeared first on Roll Call.
Kenny Roberts was named a director at Invariant LLC. He previously was director of federal relations at the American Petroleum Institute and before that was regional development manager at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. He also worked as director of corporate affairs at the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
The Tiber Creek Group hired Corey Malmgren and John Twomey for its health care practice. Malmgren previously was executive director of U.S. policy and government relations at Merck & Co. and before that was health counsel to ex-Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.). Twomey previously was chief of staff in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Legislation at the Department of Health and Human Services during the Trump administration.
BGR Group announced that William Crozer has returned to the firm as vice president and managing director of state and local advocacy. Crozer previously served as special assistant to the president and deputy director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs under former President Trump. He was a lobbyist at BGR Group for five years before joining the Trump administration in 2018.
Towner French was named a principal at Cozen O'Connor PC. He previously was a partner at Capitol Counsel for more than six years and before that was deputy staff director for Republicans on the House Rules Committee.
Donations from teachers unions spiked as Congress debated school reopening, virus relief .
As debates raged earlier this year over reopening schools and including money for education in a massive coronavirus relief package, the nation’s largest teachers unions sharply increased their spending on political contributions, a comparison to the same period in 2019 shows. The money overwhelmingly went to Democrats, who had just taken control of the White […] The post Donations from teachers unions spiked as Congress debated school reopening, virus relief appeared first on Roll Call.