By: Theodoric Meyer
ANOTHER CROWLEY AIDE HEADS TO K STREET: The S-3 Group has hired Kevin Casey, the former policy director for former Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.). Casey expects to register as a lobbyist. He’ll be the third Democratic lobbyist at S-3, a previously all-Republican lobbying shop that has recruited the Democratic congressional staffers Todd Wooten and Michaeleen Crowellover the past couple of years. “Kevin rounds out our Democratic practice giving us full coverage in both chambers across the ideological spectrum,” Wooten said in a statement.
— Casey is also the second former Crowley staffer to land on K Street. Kate Winkler Keating, Crowley’s former chief of staff, went to theDuberstein Group as a vice president this month. Crowley himself is considered a sought-after recruit on K Street and has had preliminary discussions with lobbying firms including Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Hogan Lovells.
MORE HIRES OFF THE HILL: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has hired Casey Higgins, a former policy assistant and trade counsel to former House Speaker Paul Ryan, as a senior policy adviser. Samantha Clark is leaving the Hill to join Covington & Burling. She was previously deputy staff director and general counsel of the Senate Armed Services Committee. And eBayhas added Matt Jensen to its lobbying team. He was previously deputy chief of staff to former Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah.).
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SCHIFF, WATERS PLANNING JOINT DEUTSCHE BANK INVESTIGATION: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters are planning a joint investigation into Deutsche Bank, “which is under scrutiny from Democrats over its business dealings with President Donald Trump,” POLITICO’s Zachary Warmbrodt reports. The two California Democrats have been talking about areas of interest for each committee and where there’s common ground, Schiff said in an interview. ‘We’re going to work jointly,’ he said. ‘We think we’ll be more effective doing it that way.’” Full story.
— Deutsche Bank is the latest company to find itself a target of House Democrats’ new oversight powers. Waters also plans to have executives from the credit-reporting firms Equifax, Experian and TransUnion appear before her committee. And House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings is investigating a dozen pharmaceutical companies’ pricing practice.
ZOOK STARTS HER OWN FIRM: Susan Zook has left Fresenius Medical Care to start her own lobbying shop, Mason Street Consulting. The one-woman firm will lobby on Medicare and other health care issues as well as handle business development for clients, Zook said in an interview. She’s signed two clients so far: WellCare and Air Methods, an air ambulance company. She’s a former lobbyist for Fresenius and Aetna as well as a former health care adviser to Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho).
TWO MORE BIG CONTRACTS: PI’s list of the biggest lobbying contracts of the fourth quarter in Wednesday’s edition inadvertently omitted two of them: Federal Advocates’ massive contracts with the U.S. Brain Tumor Association and ZESET. Both reports disclosing the contracts were filed as amendments, rather than standard reports, which led us to miss them. PI regrets the error.
— Here is the correct list:
1. Hogan Lovells: ZTE ($1 million)
2. Covington & Burling: Qualcomm ($920,000)
3. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld: Gila River Indian Community ($690,000)
4. McGuiness, Yager & Bartl: HR Policy Association ($650,000)
5. Federal Advocates: U.S. Brain Tumor Association ($550,000)
6. Allegiance Strategies: American Unity Fund ($430,000)
7. Hogan Lovells: Aflac ($420,000) (tie)
8. Venn Strategies: Employee-Owned S Corporations of America ($420,000) (tie)
9. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld: Pebble Limited Partnership ($410,000)
10. Federal Advocates: ZESET ($400,000)
MORE NUMBERS: Subject Matter has a good year, with $8.9 million in lobbying revenue in 2018 compared with $8.3 million in 2017, according to the firm. Subject Matter saw $2.6 million in lobbying revenue in the fourth quarter of 2018, compared with $2 million in the fourth quarter of 2017.
— BGR Group has promoted Robb Walton to principal and Brent Del Monteto co-head of the health and life sciences practice, which he’ll lead with Dave Boyer.
— Mercury has hired Adam Smith, The Tampa Bay Times’ political editor, as a senior vice president.
— Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has promoted Valerie Morse White to senior consultant. She was previously a consultant.
— The Independent Community Bankers of America has promoted Martina Dashner to vice president of political operations. She was previously director of political events.
SPOTTED: Nikki Haley, President Donald Trump’s former ambassador to the United Nations, touring office space on Exchange Place in New York, near Wall Street, on Tuesday morning, according to a PI tipster. A spokesperson for Haley didn’t respond to a request for comment.
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New Lobbying Registrations
BGR Government Affairs: CSC Holdings, LLC
Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies: MSP Recovery
Foresight Law + Policy PLLC: oMagnet Schools of America
Imperium Global Advisors: Manufactured Housing Institute
Lobbyit.com: Restorative Therapies
Park Strategies, LLC: J. J. Cafaro Investment Trust, LLC
Paul V. Beddoe Government Affairs, LLC: County of Los Angeles, California
The Cormac Group, LLC: Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba
The Ferguson Group: Sutter Mutual Water Company and Reclamation District 1500
The Summerill Group LLC: Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office
The University of Texas at Austin: The University of Texas at Austin
New Lobbying Terminations
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld: VNG.Co
Foley Hoag LLP: Baxter
Foley Hoag LLP: Myriad Genetic Laboratories, Inc.
Hicks Partners: Spectra Energy NEXUS Management, LLC
Maine Street Solutions, LLC: Americans For Financial Reforms
Maine Street Solutions, LLC: Maine Equal Justice Partners
National Health Advisors, LLC: Medical Card Systems (MCS)
Porter Group, LLC: Aviation Workforce Alliance
Seward Square Group: Volusia County, FL
Spectrum Public Affairs: City of Battle Creek
Stewart Strategies and Solutions, LLC: Clark Geduldig Cranford & Nielsen on behalf of TransUnion, LLC
The Ferguson Group: El Paso County, CO
The Ferguson Group: Scioto Valley Local School District
The Ferguson Group: Village of Piketon
The Ferguson Group: Water Research Foundation (WRF) (Formerly Water Env & Reuse Foundation – WERF)
The Summerill Group LLC: Greene County Sheriff’s Office
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Original Article: https://www.politico.com/newsletters/politico-influence/2019/01/24/another-crowley-aide-heads-to-k-street-490088