With Daniel Lippman
MILLER STRATEGIES ADDS 3: One of many lobbying outlets that maybe stands to achieve most from Kevin McCarthy’s ascension to Home speaker is rising its ranks forward of a possible surge in enterprise. Miller Methods, which is run by longtime McCarthy confidant and fundraiser Jeff Miller, employed Stephen Ruppel, most lately McCarthy’s political director, as an affiliate principal.
— Annie Buckner,who served as a discipline coordinator and political aide on the RNC, has joined the agency as an operations affiliate whereas Chloe Choose,who’s labored for former Republican Senate candidates Blake Masters and Morgan Ortagus in addition to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former President Donald Trump, will likely be a consumer relations affiliate on the agency.
— “We satisfaction ourselves on punching above our weight for a small agency,” Miller stated in a press release. “That is a direct results of hiring of us who not solely have the appropriate experiences, however who’re keen to outwork anybody on the town on behalf of shoppers. Our new personnel match that mould, and Miller Methods goes to do GREAT issues with Republicans within the 118th Congress because of this.”
— Although voters gave the GOP a smaller Home majority than anticipated in November’s midterms — which at factors final week appeared to threaten McCarthy’s management ambitions — Miller’s agency seems to be readying for a McCarthy bump which will have already begun. As PI reported final yr, Miller Strategies signed eight new clients in the back half of 2022, together with the Federation of American Hospitals, the embattled PGA Tour, cloud software program big Oracle, and an AI developer of facial recognition software program to be used in colleges.
— The agency was on monitor to earn round $8 million in lobbying revenues in 2022 from shoppers akin to Apple, PhRMA, Altria, Dow Chemical, SpaceX and Southern Firm.
HOW SANTOS ‘DUPED’ DONORS: “Rich donors acquired calls and emails from a person who stated he was Dan Meyer, McCarthy’s chief of employees, through the 2020 and 2022 election cycles,” folks aware of the matter instructed CNBC’s Brian Schwartz. In actuality, the emails came from Sam Miele,a fundraiser working for scandal-ridden Rep. George Santos(R-N.Y.), “based on one GOP donor who contributed to Santos’ marketing campaign.”
— “The impersonation of the highest Home Republican’s chief of employees provides to an rising image of a successful congressional marketing campaign propelled by fabrications and questionable ways. Santos now finds himself within the sights of investigators and in peril of shedding his political profession even after he’s been sworn into workplace. In elevating cash for his marketing campaign, Santos fed donors the identical falsehoods he gave voters, marketing campaign fundraisers and others say.”
— “At personal occasions with GOP donors and political leaders, Santos would flaunt or trace at key elements of his resume which have turned out to be false, based on data and folks aware of the matter. The Republican would additionally tout his enterprise document that’s now in query, together with claims that he labored on Wall Avenue, as a solution to encourage donors to contribute to his marketing campaign, based on financiers and celebration operatives aware of the matter.”
— “‘We have been duped,’ stated a Republican political strategist near GOP donors and the management of the Republican Jewish Coalition. The group banned Santos from future occasions after the revelation that the congressman falsely claimed to be Jewish.”
— “The lies and gildings helped Santos and his allies elevate almost $3 million for his successful 2022 marketing campaign to signify New York’s third District. The donations have been unfold between Santos’ marketing campaign, a pro-Santos management PAC and two joint fundraising committees that have been created to herald cash for his marketing campaign, his management PAC and the Nassau County Republican Committee, based on Federal Election Fee filings.”
MAKE IT RAIN: Santos is facing a flurry of ethics and campaign finance complaints stemming from his falsehoods, per Insider’s Bryan Metzger. The liberal money-in-politics advocacy group Finish Residents United will lodge complaints with the FEC, Justice Division and Workplace of Congressional Ethics, urging investigators with every physique to “instantly start investigations and maintain him accountable for his shady and illegal actions.”
— “The group’s complaint with the Department of Justice argues that Santos violated the Ethics in Authorities Act by not solely submitting a required monetary disclosure virtually a yr late, however probably making a number of omissions associated to varied purported belongings he holds. The complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics … argues that the Republican congressman violated federal legislation by soliciting campaign contributions in exchange for attending a swearing-in event on Capitol grounds.”
— “And the group’s complaint with the Federal Election Commission focuses on a purported $700,000 private mortgage that he made to his marketing campaign that the group says both got here from a ‘shell firm’ or was a prohibited company contribution. It additionally argues that almost 40 funds of $199.99 made by his marketing campaign represented an effort to skirt federal legal guidelines that require campaigns to maintain receipts of purchases for $200 or extra,” and echoes an FEC complaint filed today by the Campaign Legal Center.
— The Democratic tremendous PAC American Bridgealso filed a complaint with OCE that accuses Santos of falsifying his monetary disclosures.
NEW YEAR, NEW FIRMS: Schooling lobbyist Lindsay Fryer has left Penn Hill Group after half a decade to launch her personal agency, Lodestone DC. Fryer was beforehand a senior training adviser to former Senate HELP Chair Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the place she was a high negotiator on the Each Scholar Succeeds Act. The brand new agency will supply strategic consulting, lobbying, and authorities relations focusing totally on training and workforce coverage.
— Scrivner Leon Group’s Pete Leon can also be hanging out on his personal, launching his solo consultancy Leon Consultants this month following the retirement of his longtime enterprise associate Mike Scrivner. To this point two shoppers — Comcast Corp. and Iroquois Fuel Transmission System — have re-signed with the brand new agency.
TIK TOKIN’ ON BIDEN’S DOOR: “TikTok and ByteDance lobbyists have visited the White House at least eight times between July 2021 and August 2022, White Home customer logs present, offering a window into how the Chinese language government-linked social media operation has gained affect in Washington,” amid discussions about banning the app or requiring mother or father firm ByteDance to spin off its U.S. operations, the Washington Examiner’s Gabe Kaminsky experiences.
— It’s not clear “whether or not the lobbyists went to the White Home on TikTok enterprise or for an additional consumer, the visits are ‘unequivocally’ worrisome, based on Kara Frederick,” a tech skilled on the Heritage Basis and a former Fb safety official.
— ByteDance lobbyists who visited the White Home included Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas’ Paul Thornell and Rosemary Gutierrez in addition to a pair of former members of Congress, Okay&L Gates’ Bart Gordon and Crossroads Methods’ John Breaux and TikTok federal authorities affairs supervisor Jason Samuels.
— Paul Milotte has joined McCarthy Superior Consulting as an affiliate. He was most lately an account supervisor at Mercedes-Benz USA and is a Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) alum.
— Blockchain Affiliation has promoted Dan Spuller to senior director of business affairs and Lindsey Kelleher to senior authorities relations affiliate.
— Henry Connelly is becoming a member of Precision Methods as a senior vice chairman within the communications observe. He most lately was communications director for former Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, for whom he labored for 9 years.
— Megan Hannigan is now legislative director for Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), dealing with his monetary companies portfolio. She beforehand was lead Democrat on PayPal’s federal authorities relations staff.
— Arc Initiatives has promoted Jonae Wartel to associate and Julia Alschuler to managing director.
— Grace Rubinger has joined Rocket Lab as supervisor of presidency operations. She most lately served as a senior legislative assistant in Rep.Don Beyer’s (D-Va.) workplace.
— Thorn Run Companions has promoted Shea McCarthy to associate of their Washington workplace. McCarthy beforehand was a senior vice chairman on the agency.
— Anna Blue has been named president of the American Resort & Lodging Affiliation Basis, and Jacqueline Policastro has been appointed govt vice chairman of promoting and communications. Blue was beforehand head of worldwide advertising and marketing and communications on the Tech Coalition, and Policastro was most lately Washington bureau chief at Grey Tv.
— Chris Candy is now vice chairman of presidency affairs at Atlas Crossing. He most lately was deputy chief of employees and legislative director for Rep.Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.).
— Dylan Lefler and Evan Albertson have joined FP1 Methods as managing director and senior director, respectively. Lefler most lately managed Sen. Ron Johnson’s (R-Wis.) profitable reelection marketing campaign, and Albertson most lately managed Rep.Tony Gonzales’ (R-Texas) profitable reelection marketing campaign.
— IMGE has promoted Courtney Weaver to govt vice chairman and Conner Downard to vice chairman of promoting.
— Arkadi Gerney has left The Hub Venture the place he was govt director and founder.
— Joel Payne will likely be chief communications officer at MoveOn. He most lately was managing director of communications and analysis for The Hub Venture.
— Helen Kalla is now a senior director within the communications observe at Lot Sixteen. She most lately was deputy communications director on the DCCC.
— Madison White is now press secretary for the Progressive Change Marketing campaign Committee. She beforehand was press secretary for Democracy for America.
— Alane Dent is becoming a member of CUNA Mutual Group as vice chairman of company and legislative affairs. She beforehand was founder and president for Dent Methods, and is an American Council of Life Insurers alum.
— Jessica Giroux is becoming a member of the American Securities Affiliation as common counsel and head of fastened earnings coverage. She beforehand was director of presidency and public affairs on the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board.
Whitehouse Victory Fund 2024 (Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, OCEANS PAC, Rhode Island Democratic State Committee)
Defend the Home 2024 (Tremendous PAC)
Flagstar Financial institution N.A. PAC (PAC)
Grit & Coronary heart PAC (Management PAC: Melanie Stansbury)
Guard the Home 2024 (Tremendous PAC)
Maintain the Home 2024 (Tremendous PAC)
Ignite Fueling Innovation, Inc. Federal Political Motion Committee (Ignite PAC) (PAC)
Preserve the Home 2024 (Tremendous PAC)
Shield the Home 2024 (Tremendous PAC)
Take Again the Senate 2024 (Tremendous PAC)
Adams And Reese, LLP: Audubon Nature Institute
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP: American Water Works Affiliation
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP: Nationwide Rural Water Affiliation
Capitol Counsel LLC: Ilham Zikri
Capitol Tax Companions, LLP: Avis Finances Group, Inc.
Capitol Tax Companions, LLP: The Anschutz Company
Copenhagen Infrastructure Companions Inc.: Copenhagen Infrastructure Companions Inc.
Okay&L Gates, LLP: U.S. Service provider Marine Academy Alumni Affiliation And Basis, Inc.
Anne Mervenne: Kids’S Hospital Of Michigan
Anne Mervenne: United Means For Southeastern Michigan
Gorman Technique Group: Gorman Technique Group, Too On Behalf Of Conq
Gorman Technique Group: Gorman Technique Group, Too On Behalf Of Pathguard, Inc.
Hannegan Landau Poersch & Rosenbaum Advocacy, LLC: Asset Safety & Safety Companies, Lp
Healy Consulting Group: Northeastern Minnesotans For Wilderness
Holland & Knight LLP: America Movil, S.A.B. De C.V.
Holland & Knight LLP: Worldwide Supplies, Inc.
Invariant LLC: Northern Pacific Airways, Inc.
Regulation Places of work Of Bernard Wunder (Fka Wunder & Lilley): At&T Companies, Inc (Previously Sbc Communications, Inc.)
Ms. Brenda Viehe-Naess: Allianz International Company And Specialty
Ms. Brenda Viehe-Naess: Allianz Life Insurance coverage Firm Of North America
O’Neill And Associates: Alaska Airways
O’Neill And Associates: David Radlo
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O’Neill And Associates: Wellesley Faculty
Owen Evans Ingols: Cox Automotive, Inc.
Peter Tompa Regulation: International Heritage Alliance
Storm King Methods, LLC: Coalition Of Ignition Interlock Producers
The Joe Davis Firm LLC: Genworth Monetary Inc (Mortgage Insurance coverage)
Tollhouse Enterprize LLC: Cic Sa Ii LLC
Tollhouse Enterprize LLC: Cic Sa Ii LLC