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Fisheries Group Lands PR Veterans

Marcus said the Harbour Group has about 10 folks and plans to add more employees as well as develop more business with Swidler Berlin.

From the Hill, With Bipartisan Blessings

Timmons and Co. has a reputation for being a Republican lobby shop, but every once in a while a Democrat slips in.

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The 30-year-old lobby boutique has signed on Joey Lesesne, chief of staff to the just-retired Democratic senator Ernest F. Hollings of South Carolina, as a vice president. Lesesne is married to Audrey Lesesne, deputy chief of staff to Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.).

Richard J. Tarplin, chairman of Timmons's board of directors and himself a Democrat, said Lesesne had strong recommendations from Republicans on the Hill and will help the firm's clients on issues before the commerce, judiciary and appropriations committees in Congress.

On the Move

Former two-term House member Jon Christensen (R-Neb.) has joined Buchanan Ingersoll as counsel to the law firm's federal government relations practice. He previously had a solo practice. After his second term -- he was reelected in 1996 -- he made an unsuccessful bid for governor of Nebraska.

Jim Jordan, Sen. John F. Kerry's first campaign manager for his presidential bid, and Erik Smith, a former aide to then-Rep. Richard A. Gephardt (D-Mo.) and president of the Media Fund, have signed on with the management consulting firm Westhill Partners Inc. They join Michael Powell, a former aide to Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.), in heading the firm's public affairs practice.

Toyota Motor North America has hired two new lobbyists: David J. Vennett as national manager of government affairs and special projects, and Mark Johnson as national manager of government affairs.

Vennett served as chief of staff for the 2004 Group of Eight Summit in Sea Island, Ga. Johnson was previously chief of staff for Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.).

Ietan Consulting, a Native American-owned lobby shop, has signed on John Harte, former general counsel and legislative director for the National Indian Gaming Association. Harte is a member of the San Felipe Pueblo.

Jeff Wiener has moved off the Hill, where he was an aide to Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), to join Cassidy & Associates as a senior associate. He'll specialize in defense-related issues.

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