Comings and goings
Kristine Blackwood, most recently a deputy director at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has joined law and lobby firm Squire Patton Boggs as a partner in the firm’s healthcare public policy group. Blackwood was HHS’s deputy director for oversight and investigations, and in that role developed responses to congressional oversight and investigations on Affordable Care Act implementation.
Bimal Patel has joined O’Melveny & Myers as head of the law firm’s financial advisory and regulation practice, where he will advise banks and other financial institutions on Dodd-Frank issues. Patel was previously an adviser to Jeremiah O. Norton, a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. board who stepped down in May, and worked on the implementation of the Volcker Rule and Basel III bank capital rule.
Following the money
Hedge fund billionaire and GOP donor Paul Singer is co-hosting a roundtable luncheon fundraiser today for Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) in New York. Co-hosted by Daniel Loeb, Todd Ricketts and Chuck Schwab (Contribution information: up to $5,400 per candidate).
The New Hampshire Federation of Republican Women is hosting the 2015 Lilac Luncheon & Presidential Straw Poll reception today at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, N.H., with Republican strategist Holly Robichaud keynoting (Contribution information: $125/$250/$400/$1,000).
Jeb Bush’s K Street network: Bush, who is poised to formally announce his 2016 bid this afternoon, has many supporters on K Street, including CEOs of top lobby shops, Republican members-turned-lobbyists and former advisers for his father, George H.W. Bush. They include Kimberley Fritts, CEO of Podesta Group, former Texas congressman and longtime family friend and adviser Tom Loeffler of Akin Gump and former Minnesota congressman Vin Weber of Mercury Public Affairs. Story here.
Oil lobby confronts image problem in Arctic drilling: As Royal Dutch Shell prepares to drill wells this summer in the Chukchi Sea northwest of Alaska, oil industry officials say they are trying to overcome the public image that drilling is dangerous and harmful. From The Hill: “The industry is trying to explain to the public that it is safe and that environmental damage is rare, but it’s a difficult task,” says Richard Ranger of the American Petroleum Institute.
No surprise here: Industries supporting the Senate-passed version of the fast-track trade bill have given $197.9 million to House members, compared to the $23 million contributed by industries opposing the bill, according to MapLight.org, which tracks money in politics. The story includes the top 25 recipients of contributions from industries supporting and opposing H.R. 1314.
New lobbying contracts
Commercial launch services provider Arianespace has hired Innovative Federal Strategies to lobby on provisions relating to commercial space launch. Lobbyists Letitia White, David Kilian and Stacy Ladwig are listed on the registration.
The International Myeloma Foundation has hired Drinker Biddle & Reath to lobby on oral chemotherapy parity and biomedical research issues. Lobbyists Jodie Curtis and Jeremy Scott are listed on the registration.
Tech company Inmar has hired Waldo Law Offices to lobby on HIPAA, data privacy and data breach issues. Lobbyist Ann Waldo is listed on the registration.
Daikin U.S Corp. has hired ML Strategies to lobby on issues related to tax and energy efficiency policy. Lobbyists Alexander Hecht, David Leiter, Cort Bush, R. Neal Martin and Sarah Litke are listed on the registration.
Total Call Mobile has hired ML Strategies to lobby on issues related to the Lifeline, a government benefit program that provides discounts on phone service for eligible low-income subscribers. Lobbyists Alexander Hecht, David Leiter and Rachel Sanford are listed on the registration.
New lobbying terminations
Aetna Inc. has terminated its contract with Sidley Austin, which had been lobbying on healthcare regulatory and legislative matters.