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Jewish American groups prepare to spend millions to lobby on Iran deal

Jewish American groups opposing and supporting the Iran deal are preparing to spend millions of dollars to target undecided members of Congress, Steve Mufson reports in The Washington Post.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and the Republican Jewish Coalition are opposing the deal. AIPAC is setting up a new affiliate group that is expected to spend between $20 million and $40 million on advertising and campaigns to mobilize opponents of the agreement to contact their representatives in Congress, Mufson writes. The Republican Jewish Coalition is urging its 40,000 members to contact lawmakers who are Jewish or who have large numbers of Jewish constituents and to attend town hall meetings during the congressional recess.

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J Street, which supports the deal, is gearing up to spend $2 million to $3 million to mobilize other supporters.

Congress can vote to reject the agreement, but President Obama has promised to veto any legislation that could derail the deal. Overriding that veto would require a two-thirds majority vote in both chambers. Some of the main targets of the groups are Sens. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.) and Christopher Coons (D-Del.) and Reps. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and Brad Sherman (D-Calif.).

Following the money

Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wisc.) is hosting the 1st Annual Duffy for Congress Golf Scramble in Stevens Point, Wisc. Contribution information: $100/$500/$650/$2,500.


Obama’s on-air defenders also lobby White House: Even as Obama publicly sought to restrict lobbyists’ influence on his administration, the White House held regular meetings with two dozens influential Democrats, including several lobbyists, who then defended the president’s agenda to the media, USA Today reports. Those same lobbyists returned to the White House with paying clients, seeking introductions to top officials, tax breaks for large financial firms and other issues, according to the story. In some cases, they eventually got the changes they were pushing for their clients.

New lobbying contracts

American Airlines has hired Arent Fox to lobby on air traffic control reform and related issues.

Merck & Co. has hired Covington & Burling to lobby on tax reform policy.

National Pasta Association has hired Keys to the Capitol to lobby on  legislation revising package sizing in the FDA’s nutrition program for women, infants and children.

The Nutrition Coalition has hired Shockey Scofield Solutions to lobby on issues related to national nutrition policy.

Financial Services Roundtable has hired Eris Group to lobby on issues affecting investment management and retirement and the Labor Department’s proposed definition of fiduciary for purposes of ERISA.

American Society of Consultant Pharmacists has hired Crowell & Moring to lobby on 21st Century Cures Act provisions related to pharmacy and consultant pharmacy.

New lobbying terminations

Greater Orlando Aviation Authority has ended its contract with Alcade & Fay.

Becker & Poliakoff on behalf of Autism Speaks has ended its contract with Ariale Strategies.

American Academy of Audiology has ended its contract with Chamber Hill Strategies.

JVL Ventures has ended its contract with Eris Group.

J.A. Green & Co. on behalf of Raymond Express International has ended its contract with Etherton and Associates.

Greater Houston Partnership has ended its contract with Meyers and Associates.

Loan Depot has ended its contract with Doyce Boesch.

Caris Science Inc. and National Association of Community Health Centers have ended their contracts with Oak Health Strategies.