Today’s mood: Divided. Pro-trade lobbying groups are celebrating the House’s passage of the fast-track trade bill. Minutes after the vote, the National Retail Federation and Trade Benefits America — the coalition of companies and trade associations run through Business Roundtable — lauded the decision. The vote came in at 218-208. Of course, the labor and environmental groups that fought against it aren’t as sanguine.

Said David French, head of government relations at the National Retail Federation: “We applaud House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for their commitment to free and open trade and working with Republicans and Democrats alike to salvage the president’s economic and international trade agenda.”

“This desperate re-vote rushed a toxic fast-track bill through the House despite all of the dangers it poses. Not only will fast track harm workers and our air, water, and climate, but the bill fails to guarantee any protections for workers displaced by trade, adding insult to injury,” said Micheal Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club.

Comings and goings
Democratic strategist Maurice Daniel has joined Human Rights First as the organization’s senior director of government relations. Daniel previously led the government affairs division of
the asset management firm Integrated Capital Strategies, and prior to that served as Vice President Al Gore‘s national director of political affairs.

Patent lawyer Bradford Blaise has left Pillsbury to join Sheppard Mullin. Blaise represents companies in the computer software, video game and social media industries and worked as a patent examiner in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Following the money

Filmmaker Tyler Perry is hosting a is hosting a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee today at his home in Los Angeles. President Obama is slated to attend (Contribution information: $2,500-$33,500).


Airlines lobbying for greater control over air traffic operations: House Transportation Committee Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) this week said he will introduce a bill that shifts control of air traffic operations away from the government and into the hands of a non-profit corporation run by airlines and other aviation industry players, The Associated Press reports. “Airlines have been heavily lobbying Congress to give them a greater say in air traffic operations and how they are paid for. The non-profit corporation would be run by a board that would include airlines, private plane owners, and labor unions, among others,” the story says.

2016 candidates accept lobbyists’ help even as some criticize outside special interests: The Wall Street Journal reports that none of the 2016 presidential candidates have followed President Obama’s ban on registered lobbyists donating money or working on their campaigns.

New lobbying contracts

Federated Investors Inc. has hired Barnes & Thornburg to lobby on congressional review of Securities and Exchange Commission rules affecting money market funds. Lobbyists D. William Moreau Jr., Brian Burdick and Edward Ayoob are listed on the registration.

New lobbying terminations

Patriot Renewable Fuel has ended its contract with Bockorny Group.