Start-up leaders embrace lobbying as part of the job: The founders of tech startups are increasingly embracing lobbying as a part of doing business, writes Cecilia Kang in The New York Times. Examples of young companies whose leaders are active in Washington, weighing in on labor laws and other regulatory issues, are the butler service Hello Alfred, virtual reality startup Magic Leap and online benefits manager Zenefits. “It is a sharp shift from past generations of tech companies, whose founders almost made it a point of pride to be distanced from, or above, politics and politicians,” Kang writes.
McCrery now lobbying for Turkey: Former Rep. Jim McCrery (R-La.), a lobbyist at Capitol Counsel, has registered to lobby for Turkey, Julian Hattem writes in The Hill. The firm is being paid $32,000 a month. It comes at a precarious time for Turkey, which is grappling with the influx of 1.7 million Syrian refugees and renewed violence from Kurdish separatists.
TaskRabbit, Twilio hire their first lobbyists: The two tech companies hired Washington lobbyists for the first time, writes Mario Trujillo in The Hill. Twilio tapped Lauren Culbertson, founder of Millennium Bridge Consulting, to focus on messaging and net neutrality. TaskRabbit hired Heather Podesta + Partners to lobby on workforce, tax, privacy and trade issues.
Comings and goings
Trish Taylor has left Ogilvy Public Relations to be a managing director at communications agency Fenton.
New lobbying contracts
University of New Hampshire and Texas Tech University have hired Lewis-Burke Associates to lobby on higher education, science, and research issues.
Celgene Corp. has hired Washington Tax Group to lobby on international tax reform.
Quinault Indian Nation has hired Kilpatrick Stockton to lobby on the protection and enforcement of the tribe’s fishing and gathering treaty-rights.
Pharmaceutical Care Management Association has hired The Gibson Group to lobby on competition issues in the pharmacy benefit management industry.
PillPack has hired Card & Associates to lobby on pharmacy contracting with pharmacy benefit managers.
American Honey Producers Association has hired JDM Public Strategies to lobby on honey bee and pollinator health issues, including forage and nutrition, USDA conservation programs, chemicals and pesticide regulation and federal research; honey market issues, including trade tariffs on Chinese honey, enforcement of trade and food safety laws; and agricultural worker visas and related transportation issues.
Edison Electric Institute has hired Simmons & Russell Group to lobby on legislative issues regarding the utility industry, tax extenders and tax reform.
Intellectual Ventures has hired R2P Strategies to lobby on patent issues and other general science and technology related issues.
Correction: This post has been modified to remove Heather Podesta from the list of lobbyists who contributed to all six of the Clintons’ federal races since 1992.