INTERNET ASSOCIATION ADDS SENATE JUDICIARY STAFFER: Mike Lemon has left the Hill to join the Internet Association as director of government affairs. He became formerly senior recommend to the Senate Judiciary Committee, in which he labored on privateness and facts security troubles and suggested Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah). “Mike brings each the relevant coverage understanding and Capitol Hill perception needed to articulate the internet surroundings’ unique cost because of the fastest growing zone of the U.S. Economic system,” Michael Beckerman, the association’s president and chief executive, said in a declaration.
HALLIBURTON TERMINATES LOBBYING REGISTRATION: Halliburton, the oil services enterprise once run with the aid of former Vice President Dick Cheney, has terminated its lobbying registration. The organization has spent $330,000 on lobbying this year and employed in-residence lobbyists, Bob Moran and Jessica Franks. Halliburton maintains to hold the S-3 Group and Jackson Lewis in line with lobbying disclosure reviews, even though the latter company hasn’t actively lobbied for Halliburton considering the final 12 months. The corporation did not respond right away to a request for comment.
TAX REFORM KEEPS ON GIVING: PetSmart has employed Federal Advocates to lobby on corporate interest quotes as the Senate considers tax reform. Jon Gans of Polaris Government Relations will open the foyer for Capital One as part of a 5-week “constrained engagement” on “the Original Issue Discount provision in tax reform legislation.” Aramark, the massive food offerings, and the chemical enterprise LyondellBasell have hired Ernst & Young to the foyer on tax reform. And the Computer and Communications Industry Association has hired David Thompson of Blank Rome Government Relations “to the foyer at the IRS Free File program, which permits taxpayers to report their annual federal earnings tax return online,” according to Morning Tech. “What’s the connection? CCIA’s participants encompass Intuit, the purveyor of TurboTax, and TaxSlayer, any other maker of tax training software.”
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A NEW FRONT IN THE WAR OVER OPEN SKIES: “Some remote places airways might be pressured to pay U.S. Corporate taxes on the part of their earnings below a proposal inside the Senate tax-overhaul invoice that could take disillusioned decades of protocols governing global aviation,” The Wall Street Journal’s Susan Carey reviews. “In well known, airlines simplest have to pay taxes of their very own nations, no longer on income generated overseas. … An amendment from Sen. Johnny Isakson (R., Ga.) should affect 3 big Persian Gulf carriers, which have improved rapidly inside the U.S. In latest years from their home bases inside the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, in keeping with humans acquainted with the availability.”
— “Those airways — Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways, and Qatar Airways — are already embroiled in a 3-yr antique trade dispute with the three biggest U.S. Vendors, together with Delta Air Lines Inc. Mr. Isakson, a longtime flesh-presser from Atlanta, home to Delta, said his notion become meant to reinforce equity and opposition.” It’s the contemporary improvement in the lengthy-strolling lobbying battle between United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta on one aspect and the Gulf companies and their allies — along with the U.S. Travel Association and a coalition that includes FedEx, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, and Atlas Air Worldwide — on the other. Full story.
TRUMP ETHICS LAWYER RETURNS TO COZEN O’CONNOR: “The ranks of former White House ethics lawyers available to touch upon the continued controversies engulfing President Donald Trump’s administration has simply grown with the aid of one — an attorney who’s certain to provide a far distinctive attitude than the most distinguished figures now ensconced as reputedly everlasting fixtures on cable information,” POLITICO’s Josh Gerstein reviews. “After almost a year within the White House suggest’s workplace tackling a raft of ethics and financial disclosure troubles, James Schultz resigned remaining week and is returning to personal exercise on the Philadelphia-primarily based law company where he formerly labored, Cozen O’Connor.”
— “Schultz insists he go out is unrelated to any of these myriad controversies, however, brought about via a preference to get returned to private law paintings and lower back to Philadelphia, where his family has remained. ‘That became something Don [McGahn, the White House counsel] and I discussed very early on,’ Schultz advised POLITICO on Sunday. ‘I become inquisitive about continuing with private exercise and saw this as an excellent opportunity to go serve and get matters up and going for walks and the plan changed into to transport on about this time.’” He’ll split his time between Philadelphia and Washington. Full story.
TURMOIL IN THE FOOD LOBBY: POLITICO’s Helena Bottemiller Evich and Catherine Boudreau go in the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the metals industry’s maximum effective lobbying institution, which became rocked ultimate month via Nestlé’s choice to depart as other agencies don’t forget doing so, too. “The splintering of the meals lobby has been pushed in component using an upheaval on the grocery store, wherein iconic manufacturers are stagnating as millennials and mothers searching for more healthy and greater transparent merchandise.”
— “But complacency and a lack of leadership at [the Grocery Manufacturers Association] also are responsible, consistent with interviews with extra than a dozen cutting-edge and former member organizations, the former team of workers and other industry leaders in Washington. … Other major meal companies are also eyeing the door: Dean Foods, the largest dairy business enterprise in the country, has quietly decided to depart the association. Several others, together with Mars — one of the largest personal meals agencies, which owns swaths of worldwide recognized manufacturers, from candy to pet meals — are considering it.” Full tale.
SCHWARTZ JOINS DUN & BRADSTREET: The statistics and analytics company Dun & Bradstreet has delivered Allison Schwartz as the worldwide leader for government affairs. She was previously Intuit’s VP of government members of the family and public affairs.
RUSHING TO REGISTER: The Washington Post’s Matt Zapotosky and Tom Hamburger check the Manafort indictment fallout on K Street. “Since [special counsel Robert] Mueller became appointed, more humans and companies have both filed or amended registrations that make public their work on behalf of overseas pastimes than had performed so over the same term in each of at least the past two decades. Lobbyists, lawyers, and public members of the family experts who work for overseas agencies and governments say Mueller’s probe has spooked K Street, and firms are possible to be more cautious of their compliance with public disclosure standards.” Full tale.
FIVE MINUTES WITH STUART JOLLY: POLITICO’s Daniel Lippman chatted with Stuart Jolly, a former Donald Trump marketing campaign staffer who lobbied for SPG in advance before splitting with the firm, for Playbook’s birthday interview feature. Here’s the total interview.