Barbour Griffith & Rogers and officials in the government of India didn't want to talk fees for their new lobbying contract last week. Well, we could wait a bit.
The lobby shop's foreign agent filing finally surfaced at the Justice Department, and it shows that the fees are none too shabby.
Merely $700,000 for a year's work of "developing, refining and expanding relationships between Indian officials and the U.S. foreign policy-making apparatus in the Executive and Legislative Branches."
Too bad the shop can't take advantage of the services of Robert D. Blackwill, former U.S. ambassador to India, who is now president of Barbour Griffith & Rogers International. He is under a one-year ban on representing a foreign government that does not expire until November.
Not to miss out on the benefits of a lobbyist to help navigate one's way in Washington, Pakistan has also retained a top-notch firm, Van Scoyoc Associates, although not at quite as pricey a fee. Pakistan, which has a tense relationship with India, is paying $570,000 for 15 months of work.
According to Van Scoyoc's foreign agent filing, the firm will "engage in discussions with the Legislative and Executive Branches . . . on issues of interest to the Government of Pakistan." That would include helping persuade Congress not to block the Bush administration's plans to sell F-16s to Pakistan as well as to provide about $3 billion over five years in military and economic assistance.
"Pakistan is an important ally," says Mark J. Tavlarides, a Van Scoyoc lobbyist. Tavlarides was director for legislative affairs at the National Security Council during the Clinton administration.
Also on the team: H. Stewart Van Scoyoc and Lee Rawls, formerly chief of staff to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and chief of staff to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III.
Viacom Reshuffles Executives
With Viacom Inc. in the process of dividing into two publicly trade companies -- Viacom and CBS Corp. -- the new Washington lobbying offices are starting to take shape, even though the split won't be official until next year.
Viacom is bringing back DeDe Lea to head its lobbying operations as senior vice president for government relations. After working at Viacom for several years, Lea had left last year for Belo Corp.
At Viacom, she'll be responsible for lobbying for MTV Networks (MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and others), BET, Paramount and more.
Gail MacKinnon moves over from the Viacom government relations shop to head the new CBS Washington office as senior vice president. She started out in town as legislative director to former House member Jack Fields (R-Tex.).
MacKinnon will report to Martin D. Franks, a CBS-Viacom executive, who takes on the title of executive vice president for planning, policy and government relations in the new CBS operation. A veteran Washington Democratic hand, Franks spends most of his time in New York.
Anne Lucey also will move over to CBS, as senior vice president for regulatory policy. Before joining Viacom, she worked at the Federal Communications Commission.
Franks said MacKinnon and Lucey were both highly "marketable," and their decisions to work for CBS was a real coup for the company. He said they will be valuable in helping to repair frayed relationships resulting from industry infighting over legislation.
DeLay Chief of Staff Moves to Time Warner
Soon to be in the media world . . . Tim Berry, chief of staff to the powerful though beleaguered House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.), will depart next month for Time Warner Inc., where he'll be vice president for global public policy.
He will provide "key strategic advice . . . on policy and politics," said Time Warner spokeswoman Kathy McKiernan. Berry will report to Carol Melton, executive vice president for global public policy. Melton said Berry is "an effective consensus builder, with a deep understanding of the legislative process."
From Beer to Broadcasting
Furthermore . . . the buzz says David K. Rehr, president of the National Beer Wholesalers Association and a GOP fundraiser, is in the lead for one of the top Washington association jobs, president of the National Association of Broadcasters. Others who have been in the running: former Republican House member Fred Grandy (he of Gopher and "The Love Boat" fame) and Mitch Rose, a Disney-ABC lobbyist and former aide to Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska).
Consulting Firm Signs Administration Officials
Two veterans of the Bush administration have left for the greener fields of Public Strategies Inc. One is James Fuller, most recently chief of staff at the Transportation Security Administration. A former aide to Sen. Pete V. Domenici (R-N.M.) and New Mexico native, Fuller said he hopes to bring in some lobbying work on New Mexico issues, such as energy and water. Jill Angelo, who was an aide to former presidential counselor Karen Hughes, also signed up with Public Strategies.
Ogilvy Acquires GOP Lobby Shop
Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide has acquired the Federalist Group, a GOP lobby shop. The Federalist Group includes Wayne Berman, a former political appointee of Bush I and the husband of Lea Berman, White House social secretary for Bush II, and James Jay Baker, former chief lobbyist of the National Rifle Association.