New Home for Alexander Group Duo
Another couple of refugees from the defunct Republican Alexander Strategy Group have turned up as the Polaris Government Relations lobby shop.
Daniel Gans , who was chief of staff to then-Rep. Bob Riley (R-Ala.), and Amelia Blackwood recently registered to lobby on behalf of the Association of Kentucky Fried Chicken Franchisees on such issues as estate taxes, "frivolous obesity suits," the minimum wage and avian flu. The association was a Gans client at ASG.
Other Polaris clients -- most of whom followed Gans from ASG -- include BellSouth, Emagin Corp., the Online Lenders Alliance, Paramount Biocapital, Southern Co., U.S. Telecom Association and Xcel Energy.
ASG closed in January because of its ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and to former House majority leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.). DeLay is under scrutiny in the Abramoff case and faces Texas charges of campaign-money laundering.
Gans said that he is excited about "the opportunity to build something up" and that if he has the chance to expand the firm, he will probably add a Democrat -- "bipartisan makes more sense."
Also finding other homes: Paul D. Behrends landed at C&M Capitolink , a lobbying and consulting subsidiary of the law firm Crowell & Moring , and Terry L. Haines joined the law firm Buchanan Ingersoll.
Monster Can't Hold Him
There's one fewer monster on K Street.
After joining Monster Worldwide Inc. last year as senior vice president of government relations, Phillip J. Bond is leaving next month to be chief executive of the Information Technology Association of America.
He's filling the position left vacant when Harris N. Miller left on his unsuccessful quest for the Democratic nomination for senator from Virginia. (Korn/Ferry International helped search for Miller's successor.)
Bond served as undersecretary for technology at the Commerce Department early in the Bush administration. He was also senior vice president for government affairs of the Information Technology Industry Council and was principal deputy assistant secretary of defense under then-Secretary Richard B. Cheney.
"It's a dream job for me. Monster was intriguing to me, but when this came up . . .," Bond said.
Bond said the IT association should focus on "America as the headquarters of innovation." For example, he said, the group is concerned about immigration legislation that might make it more difficult for the IT industry to hire from abroad. "We have to be able to attract the best and brightest to make American companies the best and most innovative," Bond said.