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LOBBYIST SHOT IN ALEXANDRIA STILL IN CRITICAL CONDITION: Matt Mika, the Tyson Foods lobbyist who was shot during a congressional baseball team practice on Wednesday, remains hospitalized. “Matt was shot multiple times in his chest and arm and suffered massive trauma,” his family said in a statement this morning. “He remains in critical condition in the ICU at George Washington University Hospital. He requires assistance to breathe and will need additional surgeries. Matt has been alert, conscious and communicating through notes.” Mika cannot receive visitors or accept gifts because of his condition, the family said.
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CGCN STRIKES PARTNERSHIP WITH LOBBYISTS CLOSE TO BLACK, HISPANIC CAUCUSES: The GOP lobbying firm CGCN Group has struck up an informal partnership with several lobbyists who are close to the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. The idea is to team up to lobby Republican and Democratic representatives who represent some of the most impoverished congressional districts in the country.
— Michael Williams, the president of the Williams Group, which represents companies including General Motors and Metropolitan Life, said CGCN’s Sam Geduldig sold him on the idea when he showed him a list of the 100 poorest congressional districts. According to Geduldig’s numbers, 32 of the districts are represented by members of the Congressional Black Caucus, 20 are represented by members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and 22 are represented by conservative Republicans who are members of either the House Freedom Caucus or the Republican Study Committee. “It’s eye-opening to see that in fact there are a lot of commonalities that folks should be working on,” Williams said.
— There are plenty of issues on which black and Hispanic Democrats and conservative, mostly white Republicans disagree, of course, and the firms intend to steer clear of those. Instead, they’ll focus on issues like tax reform and infrastructure spending where there might be room for agreement. “Any issue that any of these members [who represent the 100 poorest districts] can look at their constituents in the face and say, ‘This is going to improve your life,’ I think we have an opportunity,” Geduldig said. Geduldig’s clients include Aetna, Bloomberg LP, Disney, Goldman Sachs, Loews, MasterCard and Microsoft. Other lobbyists who are part of the partnership include David Morgan of D. Morgan & Partners, Jennifer Stewart of Stewart Strategies & Solutions and Joe Velasquez.
MANAFORT HASN’T HALTED HIS FOREIGN WORK: “Paul Manafort is at the center of an FBI investigation into ties between President Donald Trump’s team and the Russians, but that hasn’t stopped him from doing business with international figures and companies, partly by claiming continued access to Trump, according to people familiar with his dealings,” POLITICO’s Kenneth P. Vogel reports. Manafort, for instance, has been consulting on a proposal under which a Chinese investment fund “would invest $30 billion or more in the Puerto Rican government’s bond debt and possibly the island’s critical infrastructure, according to documents and interviews with four people familiar with the negotiations, including a Manafort business partner.”
— “One of the people, a lawyer involved in the discussions, said Manafort indicated that he could convince the Trump administration to support any resulting deal, because he’s remained in contact with Trump’s team, and that he played a role in helping to soften Trump’s tough campaign rhetoric on China. ‘He’s going around telling people that he’s still talking to the president and — even more than that — that he is helping to shape Trump’s foreign policy,’ said the lawyer involved in the discussions.” Full story.
SALESFORCE HIRES HARBINGER: Salesforce has signed Harbinger Strategies to lobby on tax reform. Harbinger will be the third lobbying firm the cloud-computing giant has on retainer in Washington. Franklin Square Group has lobbied for Salesforce since 2012, and the firm added Crossroads Strategies last year, according to disclosure records. Salesforce also employs its own in-house lobbyists, including Hugh Gamble and Danielle Gilliam-Moore.
— Here’s another intriguing filing: Mercury has signed PAM Media, a media company based not in New York or London but Sulaymaniyah, in the Kurdish part of Iraq. Mercury’s Bryan Lanza will “engage the Executive and Legislative Branches of the Government on foreign relations and policy issues between the US and Iraq/Kurdistan region, trade, development, and potential US legislation, policy, or regulatory actions that could impact the US/Iraq relationship,” according to the filing.
PLURUS STRATEGIES HAS SIGNED 16 CLIENTS: Plurus Strategies, the lobbying firm started by David Leiter last month, has signed another client, bringing the firm’s total to 16 in less than a month. The firm will lobby for AVANGRID, an energy firm, as a subcontractor to ML Strategies, the firm where Leiter and his co-founders Georgette Spanjich and Sarah Litke worked before leaving to start Plurus. Eleven of the 16 firms are subcontracted through ML Strategies.
ADVAMED FLIES IN: Executives representing 54 of AdvaMed’s members are flew in today for meetings with lawmakers, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. They’re also huddling with members of the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee. At the top of the agenda: killing Obamacare’s medical-device tax.
AUTOMAKERS BASH BORDER ADJUSTMENT IN MEETING WITH COHN: “The Association of Global Automakers raised concerns about the House GOP’s border adjustment plan in a meeting [on Wednesday] with National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn,” POLITICO’s Colin Wilhelm reports. “‘We remain concerned that the proposed border adjustment tax will harm U.S. auto manufacturers and raise prices for consumers across the country,’ [John Bozella, the president and chief executive of the association,] said in an emailed statement. ‘To grow our highly innovative and globally competitive auto industry, it is imperative that the BAT not be part of any tax reform proposal.’ But automakers have been split on border adjustment, with some major U.S. manufacturers supporting it.” Full story.
LAMBDA LEGAL OPENING WASHINGTON OFFICE: “The LGBT legal advocacy group Lambda Legal is opening a new Washington office in an expansion aimed at ratcheting up a fight against the Trump administration for which they’re planning to raise an additional $25 million over the next four years, on top of their existing budget,” POLITICO’s Edward-Isaac Dovere reports. “The office will be run by Sharon McGowan, who was until January a top attorney in the Justice Department’s civil rights division under President Barack Obama. She has set up shop in an office several blocks from the White House and has already hired one attorney, with plans to hire more, as well as law fellows, paralegals, and media and advocacy operatives.” Full story.
WHITE HOUSE HOSTED GOP MEGADONORS: “On the same day last week that fired FBI Director James Comey delivered his damaging Senate testimony, President Donald Trump’s team summoned about a dozen top donors to the White House to rally support for Trump’s agenda,” POLITICO’s Tara Palmeri and Kenneth P. Vogel report. The donors — including Ken Griffin, Doug DeVos, Tom Hicks, Jr., Rebekah Mercer, Todd Ricketts, Tom Saunders, Paul Singer and Dick Uihlein — gathered in the Roosevelt Room on June 8 for a briefing from Trump’s legislative director Marc Short, according to a senior administration official and other people familiar with the event. These people said Trump himself stopped by the briefing to greet the donors, while Vice President Mike Pence, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway also spent time at the event.” Full story.
— Van Scoyoc Associates is adding Geoff Bowman as a vice president. Bowman was previously staff director of the House Transportation Committee’s water resources and environment subcommittee.
— Julie Kearney, the Consumer Technology Association’s vice president of regulatory affairs, has been named the new president of the Federal Communications Bar Association.
— The American Bankers Association has added Ananda Radhakrishnan as vice president of its Center for Bank Derivatives Policy. He was previously a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright.
SPOTTED: On the rooftop of 101 Constitution Avenue on Tuesday night for the National Association of Business Political Action Committees’ 40th anniversary celebration, according to a PI tipster: Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Luther Strange (R-Ala.); Reps. Mike Bost (R-Ill.), Ron Estes (R-Kan.), Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.), Dave Joyce (R-Ohio), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Martha Roby (R-Ala.) and Steve Womack (R-Ark.); Linda Auglis of the National Beer Wholesalers Association (who’s the current president of the National Association of Business Political Action Committees); Geoff Ziebart, the National Association of Business Political Action Committees’ executive director; David Rehr of George Mason University; Jan Baran of Wiley Rein; and Lara Brown of the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management.
ON THE CALENDAR: The actress Diane Guerrero (“Orange is the New Black,” “Jane the Virgin”) is on the Hill today drumming up support for a new Smithsonian American Latino Museum.
NEW JOINT FUNDRAISERS:
Grow PAC Inc. (PAC)
Heroes United PAC, DBA Volunteer Firefighters Association, DBA Association Of Police & First Responders (Super PAC)
Kentucky Majority PAC (PAC)
Prosperous Conservative Federal PAC (PAC)
The People PAC (Unknown)
West Coast Liberal PAC (PAC)
NEW LOBBYING REGISTRATIONS:
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP: Foxhill Capital Partners LLC
Harbinger Strategies, LLC: salesforce.com
Holliday Strategic: Babcock & Wilcox
Ice Miller Strategies LLC: iLAB
Jones Walker, LLP: Baldrige Foundation
Massey, Watson & Hembree LLC: National Chicken Council
Mercury: PAM Media
Plurus Strategies, LLC: ML Strategies, LLC (on behalf of AVANGRID, Inc.)
Ridge Policy Group: Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense
The Bennett Consulting Group: Select Engineering Services
Van Scoyoc Associates: Vanmarc Shipping Limited Company
Wellington Strategies, LLC.: Allegheny County Library Association
NEW LOBBYING TERMINATIONS:
Van Scoyoc Associates: Environmental Defense Action Fund