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Miller Finds Room in the Lobby, After All

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By Judy Sarasohn
Thursday, November 10, 2005

Late last year, when he was getting ready to retire from the Senate, Zell Miller , the Georgia Democrat who campaigned for President Bush, didn't sound as though he would be doing any direct lobbying for his new employer, McKenna Long & Aldridge. He said in an interview back then that he would be advising clients on how to get their legislative way, but "I certainly don't plan on walking any halls of Congress."

He is a senior policy adviser (that's what some folks call themselves when they are not quite lobbyists according to the letter of the law or don't want to identify themselves as such) in the law firm's Washington and Atlanta offices. Nonetheless, Miller recently registered to lobby on behalf of Hercules Inc. on manufacturing and environmental policy.

Also on the registration form: Powell A. Moore , former assistant secretary of defense for legislative affairs, and Alex Albert , Miller's former chief of staff. Miller will have another lobby disclosure filed soon for Eos Airlines, the new business-class-only airline, which flies between New York and London.

Miller was traveling yesterday and was unavailable for comment. But Albert said of his former boss's work on Hercules: "He's going to be a team partner, working with the others on this."

Albert said Miller has "been a very good senior adviser" and is "very strong" on advising clients on how to "position" themselves. "He's been active far more that he might have thought in 'retirement,' " Albert added. He noted that Miller is still restricted by ethics rules from lobbying former colleagues in the Senate.

On Her Own

Sarah Walter , legislative director and health care adviser to then-Sen. John Breaux (D-La.), has split off from the ever-growing Venn Strategies to form her own solo practice, Walter Consulting . "I'm very content as a one-person shop. . . . I like being my own boss," she said.

Walter brought clients with her: Boston Scientific Corp., the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, and the Medical Device Manufacturers Association.

Venn Strategies' Anne I. Urban says the split was "amicable."

Moving On

William T. Hawks , undersecretary of agriculture for marketing and regulatory programs, has joined McLeod, Watkinson & Miller , an agriculture-law boutique, as a senior policy adviser.

Jay C. Farrar , most recently a senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, has joined CH2M HILL, an engineering, construction and operations firm, as senior vice president for government affairs. Farrar earlier worked for the Defense Department, the National Security Council and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Home Depot has hired Eric Criss and Sarah Price as senior managers of government relations. Criss most recently was vice president of public affairs at Century Strategies and was chief spokesman and crisis communications manager for the Consumer Product Safety Commission; before that, he worked for then-senators Don Nickles (R-Okla.) and Phil Gramm (R-Tex.). Price worked for CB Richard Ellis and Ernst & Young.

The great Livingston Group influence tree has grown another branch. The lobby shop, founded by former GOP House member Robert Livingston , has affiliated with Darren Morris of M Strategic Campaigns .

Morris, a Republican strategist and public affairs consultant, will work with Livingston Group clients particularly in the international relations/business development and in health care and pharmaceuticals practices. His clients have included Altria, Medtronic, Tennesseans for Legal Reform and Blue Desert Music Group.

Louis Hengen , most recently a lobbyist for the Food Products Association and earlier an aide to Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.), has joined the government relations firm Colling Murphy Swift Hynes.

William C. Daroff has signed on as vice president for public policy for United Jewish Communities and as director of its D.C. office. Daroff had been deputy executive director and national grass-roots director at the Republican Jewish Coalition. He worked in the Department of Energy in the George H.W. Bush administration.

Arnold & Porter has poached two folks from Patton Boggs : Daniel Kracov signs on as a partner and co-head of the pharmaceutical and medical device practice, and Kathleen Means as senior policy adviser.Co-head of the practice with Kracov is Dara Corrigan , former acting inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services. Means had directed the health care staff for the Republican majority on the Senate Finance Committee.

APCO , an international communications consulting company, has added two folks to its health care practice: Deirdre Downey Fruh , previously at Pfizer Inc., and Rich James , previously at Spotlight Health and the George Washington University Medical Center. They join Bill Pierce , former chief spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services, and Wayne Pines , former head of public affairs at the Food and Drug Administration.

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