By: Theodoric Meyer 

FEDERAL ADVOCATES TO LOBBY FOR SANCTUARY CITIES: The lobbying firm Federal Advocates is helping to organize a new group of sanctuary cities that will fight to protect their federal funding in President Donald Trump’s Washington. Michael Esposito, the firm’s president, registered to lobby for the new group, called the Association of Sanctuary Cities, late last month. “All these different cities and counties — they all have the same message but they’re not speaking together,” saidNick Tobenkin, the firm’s vice president of government affairs. The group is still coming together, Tobenkin said, but Federal Advocates already lobbies for sanctuary cities such as Richmond, Calif.

LINCOLN POLICY GROUP POACHES FIVE FROM ALSTON & BIRD: Former Sen. Blanche Lincoln(D-Ark.) and Robert Holifield, who left Alston & Bird in 2013 to start Lincoln Policy Group, are bringing on five of their former colleagues to lobby on health care. Tom ScullyDan EllingColin Roskey and Rudy Missmar are joining Lincoln Policy Group as principals; Gina Sherick will be a vice president. All five lobbied for a wide variety of health care clients at Alston & Bird.

AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY AIMS TO ‘JOLT’ TAX REFORM INTO ACTION: Americans for Prosperity is launching a new digital ad campaign designed to prod House Republicans into action on tax reform. “It’s a six-figure effort to provide a jolt for tax reform in the House of Representatives,” Tim Phillips, the group’s president, said in an interview. “It’s June and we’re hoping to see faster action.” The ads are part of a broader effort by Charles and David Koch’s network of outside groups to pressure Republicans on tax reform while also fighting House Speaker Paul Ryan’s border-adjustment tax proposal, which the Kochs strongly oppose.

— The ads target dozens of Republicans, including Ways and Means Chairman Kevin BradyPeter Roskam (R-Ill.), the chairman of the tax policy subcommittee; andJackie Walorski (R-Ind.), Kristi Noem (R-S.D.), Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.), George Holding (R-N.C.), Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.), Tom Rice (R-S.C.) and Jason Smith (R-Mo.). “The clock is ticking,” Phillips said. “It’s harder to get this done in an election year.” Here’s the Brady ad.

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MUELLER TO INVESTIGATE FLYNN’S FOREIGN LOBBYING: From Reuters’ Nathan LayneMark Hosenball and Julia Edwards Ainsley: “Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible ties between the Trump election campaign and Russia, is expanding his probe to include a grand jury investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, three sources told Reuters. The move means Mueller’s politically charged inquiry will now look into Flynn’s paid work as a lobbyist for a Turkish businessman in 2016, in addition to contacts between Russian officials and Flynn and other Trump associates during and after the Nov. 8 presidential election.” Full story.

IGER AND MUSK OUT, ROMETTY STILL IN: For those keeping track, Bob Igerand Elon Musk have quit President Donald Trump’s Business Advisory Council after Trump announced he’d quit the Paris climate agreement. Iger, the chief executive of Disney, signed an open letter to Trump last month warning of the “strong potential for negative trade implications” if the U.S. exited the agreement. Musk, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX, had tweeted that he’d stop advising Trump is he decided to leave the accord. But IBM’s chief executive, Ginni Rometty, is staying in despite IBM’s support for the Paris accord. “IBM believes we can make a constructive contribution by having a direct dialogue with the administration — as we do with governments around the world,” IBM spokeswoman Rachel Thomas told POLITICO.

SPEAKING OF TESLA: Tesla and 38 North Solutions, which had lobbied for the automaker since 2015, are parting ways, according to a lobbying termination report spotted by POLITICO’s Steven Overly. Tesla continues to employ four other outside firms — Rubin and RudmanChambers, Conlon & HartwellWest Front Strategies; and Jeff Burton — as well as three in-house lobbyists, according to disclosure filings. Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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WHERE THEY ARE NOW: “Former Sen. Kelly Ayotte is joining the board of directors at BAE Systems Inc. the company announced today,” POLITICO’s Jacqueline Klimas reports. “A New Hampshire Republican who served on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Ayotte has been appointed to a three-year term on the board.” Ayotte was one of seven senators to leave the chamber last year and one of only two to lose reelection, along with Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.). Just one departing senator has headed to K Street so far: David Vitter, a Louisiana Republican, who joined Mercury in February. Full story.

IF YOU MISSED IT: From The New York Times’ Steve Eder and Eric Lipton: “The Trump administration may have skirted federal ethics rules by retroactively granting a blanket exemption that allows Stephen K. Bannon, the senior White House strategist, to communicate with editors at Breitbart News, where he was recently an executive. … The waiver, which was undated, did not mention Mr. Bannon specifically, but appeared to benefit him by potentially dislodging him from a pending ethics complaint over his past discussions with Breitbart editors. It would also free him from restrictions on his future communication with the conservative media company.”

— “The waiver, and the fact that it remains unclear when it was originally issued, seemed unusual to Walter M. Shaub Jr., the director of the Office of Government Ethics, who questioned its validity. ‘There is no such thing as a retroactive waiver,’ Mr. Shaub said in an interview. ‘If you need a retroactive waiver, you have violated a rule.’ A White House spokeswoman, Lindsay E. Walters, disputed that the Trump administration may have violated ethics rules by issuing a retroactive waiver.” Full story.


— John Giordano, who served as deputy general counsel on Donald Trump’s transition team as well as on the Energy Department landing team, has joined Archer & Greiner as a partner in the Philadelphia office. He is not planning to register to lobby, according to a spokeswoman for the firm.

— Jon Waclawski has joined the National Association of Realtors as the principal in-house political compliance counsel. He was previously a partner at Ashby Law in the political practice.




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AirMap: AirMap
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP: Garrison Diversion Conservancy District
Da Vinci Group: Braeburn Pharmaceuticals
Dentons US LLP: Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana
Dentons US LLP: Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation
Efrus Federal Advisors LLC: Viptela
FifeStrategies, LLC: Hobart Hallaway & Quayle Ventures, LLC
Miller & Chevalier, Chtd: Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc. (doing business as Nokia)
Thorn Run Partners: Texas Association of Business
Wildhorse Consulting: Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP: The Associated General Contractors of America


38 North Solutions, LLC: Tesla Motors, Inc.

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