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Thompson Joins Firms, But Not to Lobby

Mears is expected to testify on behalf of the coalition at a hearing Tuesday chaired by Cornyn in the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on terrorism, technology and homeland security.

Law Firm Hires Bush Politicos

The Akerman Senterfitt law firm has scored two Bush politicos: Mark Wallace, who was national deputy campaign manager of the Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign, and Terry Nelson, national political director for the campaign.

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Wallace, who also worked for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's campaigns, has served as principal legal adviser to the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the Department of Homeland Security and general counsel of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Nelson has also founded Crosslink Strategy Group, a company that specializes in "strategic public affairs campaigns."

Longtime ACLU Lobbyist Leaving

Laura W. Murphy, the longtime chief lobbyist for the American Civil Liberties Union in Washington, is leaving the organization next month for personal reasons.

"I have struggled with this decision, but sometimes you have to listen to your heart, and mine is telling me that it is time to recalibrate the balance between work and family," she said in a statement.

In Other Shop Moves

Furthermore . . . Chad Kolton, formerly press secretary at the White House Office of Management and Budget, has signed up with Cassidy & Associates, where he'll head a new strategic communications practice.

Dutko Worldwide has added several folks: Bill Andresen, a former chief of staff to Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.) who is returning to Dutko after a year at the Democratic Leadership Council; Nancy Donaldson, a veteran lobbyist; Joe Jaso, previously director of government affairs at the Republican National Committee; and Sky Gallegos, California state director for the Kerry/Edwards campaign.

Lisa Nelson, senior vice president of external relations for Time Warner and earlier a senior aide to then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), is joining Visa USA as senior vice president of government affairs next month.

Daniel R. Moll, a former deputy staff director of the House Government Reform Committee, has joined Public Affairs Management.

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