Two influential pro-Israel lobby groups, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and J Street, appear split in their reactions to the Iran nuclear deal announced by President Obama this morning.
AIPAC, which has been advocating for stricter terms in the deal, said Tuesday that it is “deeply concerned” that the agreement may not meet the “five requirements” the group says are necessary for a good deal. Those are: unimpeded access to inspect Iran nuclear sites; a full explanation by Iran on all of its prior nuclear work; gradual sanctions relief only after Iran meets its obligations under the agreement; long-term prevention of Iran nuclear weapons; and requirements that Iran dismantle its nuclear infrastructure and give up its uranium.
But J Street, which has been lobbying in support of the deal, welcomed the agreement, saying Tuesday that it appears to meet the parameters outlined in an earlier April framework.
“It also appears to meet the critical criteria around which a consensus of U.S. and international non-proliferation experts has formed for a deal that verifiably blocks each of Iran’s pathways to a nuclear weapon,” J Street said in a statement.
In other lobbying news:
Comings and goings
Wendell Willkie II has joined the law firm Steptoe. Willkie, who joins from the forest products company MeadWestvaco, was previously an associate counsel to President Ronald Reagan, and later served in various roles in both Bush administrations.
Following the money
Taylor Swift‘s two-day concert tour through D.C. continues today, and at least seven lawmakers are hosting fundraising events this evening at the concert venue Nationals Park:
Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), $1,000/$2,000
Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.), $2,500/$5,000
Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.), $2,500
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), $1,500 per ticket
Sen. Jeff Merkley’s (D-Ore.), Opportunity And Renewal PAC $2,500/$5,000
Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.), $1,500/$2,500
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), $1,500
New lobbying coalition fights Affordable Care Act’s ‘Cadillac tax’: A new coalition of health industry giants are gearing up to oppose the so-called “Cadillac tax” in the Affordable Care Act, The Hill reports. The Cadillac tax refers to the 40 percent tax that employers have to pay if they offer employees high-end health plans that cost more than $10,200 per person — the companies are penalized with a 40 percent surcharge on the amount exceeding those figures. The tax is meant to help pay for the health law. The coalition, called the Alliance to Fight the Forty, is led by the American Benefits Council and includes more than a dozen pharmaceutical companies, insurers and unions such as Pfizer, Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Laborers International Union.
New lobbying contracts
American Craft Spirits Association has hired Pennsylvania Avenue Group to lobby to reduce the federal excise tax for small distillers.
Preservation of the First Amendment has hired Venable to lobby on IRS reform.
Navistar International has hired GlobalGR to lobby on promotion of exports around the world, enforcement of free trade agreements, TPP and T-TIP.
Copart Inc. has hired GlobalGR to lobby on promoting exports to Mexico, used care sales, recalls and highway funding reauthorization.
Aegis Sciences has hired Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti to lobby on Medicare coverage and reimbursement for laboratory testing.
Bechtel Group has hired Ernst & Young to lobby on tax reform.
New lobbying terminations
URAC and Academy of Family Physicians have ended their contracts with Polsinelli.
Air Products and Chemicals Inc. has ended its contract with Richard Goodstein.
Cloakroom Advisors on behalf of Quinn Racusin & Gazzola on behalf ERI, Inc. has ended its contract with Hettinger Strategy Group.
International Myeloma Foundation has ended its contract with Cavarocchi Ruscio Dennis Associates.