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TYSON LOBBYIST AMONG ALEXANDRIA SHOOTING VICTIMS: “A Tyson Foods lobbyist was among the shooting victims Wednesday at a Congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va.,” POLITICO’s Theodoric Meyer and Austin Wright report. “‘We have confirmed that Matt Mika, director-government relations for our Washington, D.C., office, is among those who was shot this morning in Alexandria,’ Gary Mickelson, a Tyson spokesman, said in a statement. ‘He has been taken to a local hospital and we’re awaiting word on his condition. Matt has worked for Tyson Foods for more than six years and we’re deeply concerned about him and his family.’”
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— “Mika is one of at least three members of the GOP baseball team who were injured in the shooting, along with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and Zack Barth, a legislative correspondent in the office of Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas). Alexandria police said a total of five people were transported from the scene for medical treatment. GOP Reps. Kevin Brady of Texas, Erik Paulsen of Minnesota and John Shimkus of Illinois, who room with Scalise in Washington, showed up together at the George Washington University Hospital to check on Mika’s status.” Full story.
IN MEMORIAM: Bill Hecht, a longtime Republican lobbyist who founded the firm now known as Hecht, Latham, Spencer & Associates, died on Monday at his home in Vienna, Va. He was 83. During his decades in Washington, Hecht became close friends with a generation of top Republicans in the House and Senate. He befriended Trent Lott, the future Senate majority leader, while both were working as congressional aides for conservative Democrats. When Lott announced during a fundraiser for his first congressional campaign that he’d run as a Republican instead of a Democrat, “Bill Hecht was one of the people who was there and gave me a check, anyway,” Lott said in an interview.
— Hecht later befriended a tightknit group of other Republican members. Former House Speaker John Boehner met Hecht at the Capitol Hill Club during his first trip to Washington after being elected in 1990. “Bill Hecht is the only other person on earth who smoked Barclay cigarettes,” Boehner said. “He noticed it, and we became instant friends.” Former Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), former Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa) and Boehner would gather at the Capitol Hill Club and then head to dinner at Alberto’s or another nearby restaurant, and Hecht would often join them. “He’s a breed of lobbyist that you just don’t see many of today,” Chambliss said.
— Hecht was a longtime tobacco lobbyist who worked as vice president of legislative affairs at the Tobacco Institute before starting his own firm in 1981 (which Latham later joined). He was a tenacious lobbyist. Boehner recalled Hecht calling him once on a Saturday morning to ask for his help on a bill that the Boy Scouts of America, a longtime client, was concerned about. “He knew the members, he knew the staff and he knew the issues,” Boehner said. But “there was a side to Bill that most people didn’t know,” Chambliss said. He was a devoted Lutheran (or a “Luderan,” as his friends used to call him, gently mocking his thick Southern accent), a former pastor whose faith remained deeply important to him.
— Hecht is survived by his wife, Susan; his sons, Herb, Jim and Tim, and their wives; and 10 grandchildren. The family will receive friends between 5:30 and 8:30 this evening at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Falls Church, Va. The funeral service is Thursday at 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s.
POLITICO EVENT: Spectrum, Innovation and Infrastructure in the Trump Era: Revolutionary changes in wireless technology — from autonomous vehicles to the Internet of Things — will remake our lives, but this high-tech future relies on a limited resource: airwaves. The FCC will shape this revolution as it develops spectrum sharing and other policies that are key to innovation and the evolution of next-generation networks. Join POLITICO at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 15, at the Willard for a conversation on the future of spectrum policy and its impact on the American economy. RSVP here.
DEMOCRATIC DONOR NOW BRAGS OF ACCESS TO TRUMP: Franklin Haney, who gave millions to Democrats during the Obama administration as he sought to buy an unfinished Alabama nuclear power plant, has changed tactics since President Donald Trump’s election. He gave $1 million to Trump’s inaugural committee and has bragged about his close ties to Trump, according to three people in the energy industry,” Bloomberg News’ Bill Allison and John McCormick report. “During meetings, he mentions that he has dined at least a dozen times with Trump since the election, said the people, who asked not to be named because Haney made the comments in private settings.” Full story.
AKIN GUMP ADDS FOUR: Akin Gump has signed four new clients, including Consumer Health Products Canada, for which the firm will lobby on “NAFTA negotiations.” The firm also picked up Daiichi Sankyo, Gulfport Energy Corporation and Otis Eastern Service.
ENGAGE CUBA ADDS BAKER & HOSTETLER: With President Donald Trump set to announce new restrictions on travel to and trade with Cuba this week, Engage Cuba added some lobbying firepower. The nonprofit coalition of American companies, trade associations and civil society organizations, which lobbied the Obama administration to lift the Cuban trade embargo, has signed Baker & Hostetler to lobby on “policy issues related to U.S. trade embargo on Cuba,” according to a disclosure filing. The nonprofit is also represented by Fierce Government Relations.
DEMOCRATS SUE TRUMP OVER FOREIGN BUSINESS TIES: “President Donald Trump is facing yet another lawsuit over the profits his far-flung business empire brings in from dealings with foreign governments,” POLITICO’s Josh Gerstein and Heather Caygle report. “The latest legal salvo came from nearly 200 Democratic members of the House and Senate, who joined in a suit filed early Wednesday in federal court in Washington. It’s at least the fourth pending lawsuit alleging that Trump is violating the foreign emoluments clause in the Constitution, a provision that prohibits federal officeholders from accepting financial benefits or other things of value from foreign governments without the permission of Congress.” Full story.
NEW ADS TARGET GOP LAWMAKERS ON HEARING-AID BILL: “Two conservative groups have launched campaigns attacking bipartisan legislation authored by Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren that would create over-the-counter hearing aids, although backers of the bill say the ideological opposition to it is groundless,” POLITICO’s David Pittman reports. “Frontiers for Freedom targeted the ads against [Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Michael Burgess (R-Texas) and Buddy Carter (R-Ga.)] over their support for Warren’s legislation, which would instruct the FDA to create a new category of regulated hearing aids to be sold without a doctor’s authorization. Warren’s bill would ‘eliminate states’ rights, expand the size and power of the federal government, resulting in higher prices for consumers,’ according to the Frontiers for Freedom ads. The Consumer Technology Association, which supports the bill, says the bill does none of those things.” Full story.
WAYMO BUILDING OUT WASHINGTON OFFICE: “Alphabet‘s self-driving car unit Waymo plans to hire a head of federal policy and government affairs as part of an ongoing expansion in Washington,” POLITICO’s Steven Overly reports. “As Washington decision-makers wake up to the coming wave of autonomous vehicle technology, the new hire will be expected to develop Waymo’s federal strategy and engage with Congress, the Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, according to a job posting. In March, Waymo hired Tekedra Mawakana as vice president of public policy and government affairs. … Waymo also hired its first lobbyist in April, when it tapped Holland & Knight to advocate on autonomous vehicle regulations.” Full story.
MEANWHILE, IN CHICAGO: “Two individuals who contacted Mayor Rahm Emanuel through his personal email broke the city’s lobbying laws, the Chicago Board of Ethics determined Tuesday,” The Chicago Tribune’s Bill Ruthhart reports. “The panel voted without dissent to find the two people violated the law by seeking to influence City Hall action without registering as a lobbyist. Ethics board President William F. Conlon said the individuals would be identified on a city website, but not until later this week after they are notified of the ruling.”
— “The two new lobbying violations come as the ethics board has seen a sharp increase in potential cases after a Chicago Tribune report in March found that Emanuel’s personal email accounts have served as a private avenue for lobbyists, corporate executives and campaign donors who sought action from — or access to — the mayor.” Full story.
— EMILY’s List has hired Emily Cain, a former state legislative leader in Maine, as its next executive director, The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker reports. EMILY’s List backed Cain in two unsuccessful campaigns against Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine) in 2014 and 2016.
— Erica Elliott Richardson is joining the Commodity Futures Trading Commission as director of its public affairs office. She was previously a principal at Jochum, Shore & Trossevin and before that worked as House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s communications director while he was the GOP whip.
— Portland Communications has added Katrin Kuhlmann, the president of the New Markets Lab, to its advisory board.
SPOTTED: At the Path Forward Coalition’s reception in the Longworth House Office Building Tuesday night, sponsored by the National Restaurant Association and the National Retail Federation, according to a PI tipster: Rep. John Faso (R-N.Y.); Boris Epshteyn, the former White House staffer now at Sinclair; John McCarthy of Rep. Brendan Boyle’s office; Matt Lathrop of Yum! Brands; Robert Doar of the American Enterprise Institute; Broderick Johnson of Bryan Cave; Matt Haller of the International Franchise Association; Michael Meehan of Squared Communications; Brian Jones, Carl Forti, Jamie Rhoades and Anna Epstein of the Black Rock Group; Byron Tau of The Wall Street Journal (a PI alum); Tal Kopan of CNN; Paul Bedard and Al Weaver of The Washington Examiner; Bill Thorne and Lizzy Simmons of the National Retail Federation; and Leslie Shedd, Steve Danon, Cicely Simpson and Sarah Dolan of the National Restaurant Association.
ON THE CALENDAR: The Hispanic Lobbyists Association will host the fourth annual Avanza Awards tonight at the Capitol View at 400.
NEW JOINT FUNDRAISERS:
The Cannabis Fund (Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Committee for a Livable Future)
Ohio Green Party Youth Caucus (PAC)
NEW LOBBYING REGISTRATIONS:
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld: Consumer Health Products Canada
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld: Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld: Gulfport Energy Corporation
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld: Otis Eastern Service, LLC
Armory Hill Advocates (formerly known as Rawlson Policy Group): Brookdale Senior Living
Baker & Hostetler LLP: Engage Cuba
Baker & Hostetler LLP: Global Automakers
Barnes & Thornburg, LLP: True Health Group
Bose Public Affairs Group: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP on behalf of Euronet Worldwide, Inc.
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP: Solidus Resources, LLC
Capstone National Partners: Fitch Group, Inc
CC Law & Policy: National Alliance of State Health Co-Ops
CC Law & Policy: Softheon, Inc.
CC Law & Policy: The ERISA Industry Committee
Cyrrus Analytics LLC: Hettinger Strategy Group on behalf of J.A. Green and Company on behalf of Tanium
Davidoff Hutcher & Citron, LLP: Davidsohn Global Technologies
EIS Solutions: Children’s Hospital
Federal Advocates, Inc.: Coyote Springs Investment, LLC
Jones Walker, LLP: Mith-ih-kwuh Corporation – On behalf of the Coquille Indian Tribe
K&L Gates LLP: Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ Alliance
Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP: Steven C. Witkoff
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP: Frasier Enterprises
McLarty Inbound LLC: HNA Group Co., Ltd.
Mr. Brian Kelly: Lucas Oil
Mr. Hugh McGillicuddy: BLR Aerospace
Peck Madigan Jones: Grocery Manufacturers Association
Plurus Strategies, LLC: ML Strategies, LLC (on behalf of Daikin U.S. Corporation)
Plurus Strategies, LLC: ML Strategies, LLC (on behalf of PriceSmart, Inc.)
Polsinelli PC: Bracco Diagnostics, Inc.
Signal Group Consulting, LLC: Arktis Detection Systems, Inc.
Subject Matter (fka Elmendorf Ryan): Biotechnology Innovation Organization
The Vectre Corporation: Raytheon Company
Williams and Jensen, PLLC: Association of Air Medical Services
NEW LOBBYING TERMINATIONS:
The Picard Group, LLC: McLane Company Inc.