By Theodoric Meyer and Marianne Levine 

NEAL JOINS BURSON: Terry Neal has joined Burson Cohn & Wolfe as executive vice president for public affairs. He previously worked as a consultant to clients including the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the Charles Koch Foundation and before that worked as a principal at the Podesta Group. Neal is the latest Podesta alum to join a big Washington firm. Others have landed at Baker Donelson; the BGR GroupGlobal Strategy GroupHolland & Knight; and Mylan. Other former Podesta principals have started their own firms, including Cogent StrategiesFederal Street StrategiesInSight Public AffairsHolly StrategiesFerox Strategies and Lot Sixteen.

FOXX HEADS TO LYFT: “Former Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxxis joining the ride-sharing company Lyft,” POLITICO’s Sam Mintz reports. “Foxx announced in a blog post today that he will be Lyft’s chief policy officer and a senior adviser to the president and CEO. … The former mayor of Charlotte, N.C., who was Transportation Secretary under President Obama from 2013 to 2017, said growing up in Charlotte shaped his perspective on the issues he will try to tackle at Lyft. ‘We were lucky to have a car. I saw so many nearby families who did not. How much more discretionary money might my family have had if we never owned a car — if there had been a way to pay for the trips they needed instead of the car itself?’ he wrote.” Full story.

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF RAILROADS TAPS A NEW TOP LOBBYIST: Adrian Arnakis will start next month as the top lobbyist for the Association of American Railroads. She was previously deputy staff director for the Senate Commerce Committee. Arnakis will replace Ian Jefferies, who will become the trade association’s next president and chief executive. In a statement, Jefferies praised Arnakis for building “bipartisan consensus to advance commonsense, forward-looking policies like the 2015 FAST Act and the 2015 Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization,” during her time on the Hill.

— AAR spent $1.2 million on lobbying in the second quarter, according to disclosure filings. The trade association also has Key Advocates, Forbes-Tate, SBL Strategies, Federal Advocates, Polaris-Hutton Group, Breaux Lott Leadership Group and the Jerry Costello Group on retainer, disclosure filings show.

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HOW TO KEEP YOUR SUPER PAC’S DONORS A SECRET (FOR A WHILE, AT LEAST): POLITICO’s Maggie Severns and ProPublica’s Derek Willis take a look at how super PACs, which must disclosure their donors by law, have managed to keep them secret right before elections. “The move worked like this: Start a new super PAC after a deadline for reporting donors and expenses, then raise and spend money before the next report is due. Timed right, a super PAC might get a month or more undercover before being required to reveal its donors. And if a super PAC launches right before the election, voters won’t know who’s funding it until after they go to the polls. The strategy — which is legal — is proving increasingly popular among Democrats and Republicans.” Full story.

KAVANAUGH AD SPENDING CONTINUES: Even though Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed over the weekend as a Supreme Court justice, spending on his confirmation continues. The conservative Judicial Crisis Network has a new six-figure digital and television ad buy out this week thanking Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) for voting in favor of his confirmation.

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IF YOU MISSED IT THIS WEEKEND: “An ethanol group in a high-stakes battle with the oil industry devised its television advertising strategy with a single viewer in mind: President Trump,” The Wall Street Journal’s Julie Bykowicz and Alex Leary report. “Its 30-second commercial with an Iowa corn farmer arguing for a higher percentage of ethanol in gasoline has been in rotation on Fox News since July. ‘We know he watches, so this is a good way for him to see it’s something the heartland wants,’ said Leigh Claffey, spokeswoman for Growth Energy, which last week began running a new ad noting Mr. Trump’s commitment to the issue. The group’s opponents have crowded onto Fox’s airwaves, too: ‘President Trump,’ implores the narrator of an American Petroleum Institute ad, ‘don’t risk harming consumers’ by increasing the ethanol mixed into fuel.” Full story.

HOW THE AIRLINES ARE FARING IN WASHINGTON: The Dallas Morning News’ Conor Shine and Tom Benning have a nice look at how the airline industry has fared under the Trump administration. (American Airlines is based in Fort Worth, Texas.) The story describes the Federal Aviation Authority reauthorization signed by President Donald Trump on Friday as a “muted victory” for the industry. “While the legislation failed to advance the airline industry’s long-held goal of spinning off the country’s air traffic control system from the FAA into a private, nonprofit corporation, several other provisions loathed by airline executives didn’t make it into the final bill. Those included a call to regulate fees for things like checked bags and seat assignments, as well as a push to increase the cap on airport fees used to fund construction.” Full story.

MEANWHILE, IN SEATTLE: “Uber says it plans to spend money lobbying for congestion pricing in Seattle as part of a $10 million push for ‘sustainable mobility’ policies in various cities,” The Seattle Times’ Daniel Beekman reports. “The ride-hail app company and its rival, Lyft, have previously expressed support for the idea of tolling downtown streets in Seattle, where Mayor Jenny Durkan’s administration is working to develop a proposal. But Uber’s new commitment to actively press for congestion pricing in the city, shared with The Seattle Times last week, could be the biggest boost yet for an effort certain to encounter political roadblocks, including concerns about affordability.” Full story.


— SoftBank has hired Brian Conklin as vice president of U.S. government affairs and Christin Tinsworth Baker as director of public affairs. Conklin was previously senior vice president for government and industry relations at USAA. Baker was previously government and policy communications manager in Ford’s Washington office.

— Jim Clarke, the American Society of Association Executives’ senior vice president of public policy, will retire in January. The trade group is promoting Mary Kate Cunningham, who’s currently senior director of public policy, to replace him. She’ll be a vice president.

— Beth Breeding has joined the National Turkey Federation as vice president of communications and marketing. She was previously deputy chief of staff to Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), who isn’t running for reelection.

— Charles Borden, who previously led Allen & Overy’s political law practice, is joining Holland & Knight as a partner in its public policy and regulation group. Sam Brown, who worked with Borden at Allen & Overy, is joining as a senior counsel in the group. Neither will be lobbying, according to the firm.


Chrin Webber Victory Committee (John Chrin, Jay Webber, NRCC
MacArthur Donovan Victory Fund (Reps. Tom MacArthur and Dan Donovan, TMAC PAC, Defend America Now PAC)
Pence Braun Victory (Greg Pence, Mike Braun, NRCC, Indiana Republican State Committee)
Schneider Victory (Joseph Schneider, Massachusetts Republican Party)
Team Chabot (Rep. Steve Chabot, NRCC)
Winning PA (Reps. Lou Barletta and Mike Kelly, NRSC, NRCC)


American Alliance for Economic Development PAC (AAED-PAC) (Lobbyist/Registrant PAC)
Clean Indiana Now (Super PAC)
Digital Age Neural Committee (Super PAC)
Glenhouse Strategies PAC (PAC)
Prosperity for Our Future (PAC)
RVFPAC (Leadership PAC: Guy Reschenthaler)
The Survivors PAC (PAC)
Total Administrative Services Corporation Political Action Committee (PAC)
Voter Awareness Project (Super PAC)
Workers Defense in Action PAC (PAC)


Baker & Hostetler LLP: OncoSec Medical Inc.
Ballard Partners: Borusan Mannesmann Pipe U.S.
Ballard Partners: iSystems Group Inc.
Ballard Partners: Kendall Properties and Investments
Ballard Partners: Len-Angeline LLC
Card & Associates, LLC: Husch Blackwell Strategies on behalf of the University of Houston
Carpi & Clay, Inc: Van Scoyoc Association on behalf of Mission Springs Water District
Clarissa J Middleton, Lobbyist: MARKETWOMEN Global Development
Combest, Sell & Associates, LLC: AgriLogic Consulting, LLC
Fireeye, Inc: Fireeye, Inc
Foley & Lardner LLP: NelNet
Franklin Square Group, LLC: Rigetti Computing
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP: Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Hannegan Landau Poersch & Rosenbaum Advocacy, LLC: Extreme Networks
J P Ford Strategies, LLC: Nevro Corporation
JD E Commerce America Limited: JD E Commerce America Limited
K&L Gates LLP: Package Coalition LLC
Liebman & Associates, Inc.: Clean Emission Technologies, Inc.
McDermott+Consulting LLC: Abbott
McLarty Inbound LLC: Thayer Lodging Group / Thayer International
Mr. Mark Rey: Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough: EQT Corporation
Neogenomics Laboratories: NeoGenomics Laboratories
Penn Hill Group: Access and Care Coalition (Informal Coalition)
Phoenix Global Organization Incorporated: ALN Entertainment Group Incorporated
Polsinelli PC: International Contrast Ultrasound Society
Polsinelli PC: Jarden Zinc Products
Polsinelli PC: Recreation Vehicle Industry Association
Polsinelli PC: TridentUSA Health Services
R2P Strategies, LLC: BeIN Media Group LLC
SKB Consulting Group: Public Consulting Group c/o Multi Associates Inc.
Skladany Consulting LLC: Akin Gump on behalf of U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform of
Steptoe & Johnson LLP: Silberline Manufacturing Company, Inc.
Tai Ginsberg & Associates, LLC: Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC on behalf of San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority
Tai Ginsberg & Associates, LLC: Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC on behalf of San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission 
The McKeon Group, Inc.: Internationl [sic] Association of Equine Dentistry
The McKeon Group, Inc.: NationalAssociation [sic] of State Agencies for Surplus Property
The Normandy Group, LLC: Biopharmaceutical Research Company
Washington Advocacy Group: Arkansas Heart Hospital
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP: Electrolux Home Products, Inc
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP: Kia Motors Corporation Workday, Inc.: Workday, Inc.


Aspect 50: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
B+S Strategies: OneJet
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
Eugene Guilford: Whooshh Innovations, LLC
Holland & Knight LLP: Small Business Investor Alliance
J.A. Green and Company (formerly LLC): Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC
Mr. Gerard D’Amico: Becker College
Ms. Brenda Viehe-Naess: Association of British Insurers
Neiweem Group LLC: Southern Utah University
Neiweem Group LLC: United Spinal Association
Neiweem Group LLC: VetsFirst
Nexxus Consulting, LLC: City of Columbia (Missouri)
O’Brien, Gentry & Scott, LLC: GPS Source
Phoenix Global Organization Incorporated: Prestige Global Organization Incorporated
Phoenix Global Organization Incorporated: Prestige Rental Car Fleet Management Services Inc.
Policy Matters, LLC (formerly known as TKB Consulting, LLC): Colorado Historical Society
Policy Matters, LLC (formerly known as TKB Consulting, LLC): Imagine!
Polsinelli PC: American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
Spangler Strategic Advisors, LLC: Hughes Network Systems, LLC
The Picard Group, LLC: University Health System
Theodore Knappen: FirstGroup America
United States Business and Industry Council: United States Business And Industry Council
Vision Americas: The GB Group
Washington Advocacy Group: Rai Services Company
Washington Advocacy Group: SAS Institute

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