02/08/16 02:00 PM EST
With help from Emily Kopp and Noah Weiland
FIRST IN PI … FIRST DOWN: S-3 Group — the boutique lobbying firm anchored by John Scofield, Mike Ference, Rob Collins and Martin Delgado — and Amos Snead's Bryant Row Public Affairs are merging to form S-3 Public Affairs. The principals already collaborated frequently, shared office space and were friends. (Snead and Ference both worked for Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) when he was House whip.) Now they're hoping to build out their operation as a one-stop shop. S-3's stable includes JPMorgan, Koch, the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action, Google, Halliburton, Northrop Grumman and Boeing.
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WAX ON: Former Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), who became chairman of his son's consulting firm and whose cooling-off period ended last month, just signed up for two new clients: TracFone Wirelesson the "lifeline program" for low-income people; and the American Association for Justice (trial lawyers) on class actions. Waxman had previously registered for clients including T-Mobile and the National Association of Community Health Centers, but he wasn't allowed to lobby former colleagues for the first year after he left office.
HAPPY MONDAY-MORNING-QUARTERBACK MONDAY. At least Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz were open about their pandering reasons for picking Super Bowl sides on Saturday. Here is the winning poem, from Bill Maloni:
The R candidates will rant, rave, yell and complain,
and that's before they get on ABC and sound inane,
But, if they're smart, they'll look left and look right,
Since a few will be gone next Tuesday at midnight.
— FIRST IN PI … Tyler Threadgill, who was Rep. Chuck Fleischmann's (R-Tenn.) deputy chief of staff, is joining Mercury as a VP with the government relations team. Threadgill has also worked for Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas) and the House Natural Resources Committee and on national and state-level campaigns.
— Communications and public affairs firm Clyde Group hired Aubrey Quinn, from Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Lansinoh Laboratories, to lead the firm’s health care practice vice president.
— Results for America named former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and former New York City Chief Analytics Officer Mike Flowers to Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities initiative as senior fellows. (Blue Engine Message & Media is promoting.)
— InsideSources, a D.C.-based wire service founded and edited by Shawn McCoy, bought online news site NH Journal, previously managed by John DiStaso, "dean" of the New Hampshire press corps. McCoy, who ran Iowa communications for Mitt Romney in 21012, said the acquisition is the start of a local-content push. (Mercury is doing their PR.)
SPOTTED: API lobbyist Brian Johnson hosted a Super Bowl extravaganza featuring a "snackadium" made by Majority Whip Steve Scalise business outreach director Kelley Hudak. Creators and consumers included FamousDC.com's Paige Gress, UPS Annie Policastro, ATR's Patrick Gleason and his wife, Niskanen Center's Andrew Mills, Rep. Diane Black's Robert Cogan, Rep. Steve Womack's Claire Burghoff and more.
HC-XX, a bipartisan group of 20 women lobbyists in health care, held a pre-reception to the David Winston Health Ball ("health prom") this Saturday. Among the crowd of more than 200 were the sponsors, Sohini Gupta of Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen Thomas, Alethia Jackson of Walgreens, Kim Zimmermanof AHCA, Susan Zook of Aetna, Jennifer Higgins of Chamber Hill, Kelly Delmore of Health Law, Kate Callanan of AHIP, Erika Long of Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals and Melissa Schooley of Medtronic.
** Sponsored by the National Restaurant Association #RestaurantsDecide: The National Restaurant Association is launching #RestaurantsDecide-- a social media campaign that highlights the essential role restaurants play on the campaign trail and in the broader political process. “Like” America’s Restaurant Advocates on Facebook and “follow” @RestaurantsAct on Twitter to see what’s on the menu this election season! **
POLITICO LAUNCHES FINANCIAL SERVICES NEWSLETTER from London: POLITICO today debuts a daily morning briefing covering the intersection of financial services regulation, policy and politics in Europe. It's written by Francesco Guerrera, POLITICO's London-based chief financial correspondent and associate editor, an alumnus of the Financial Times in London, Brussels, Hong Kong and New York, then The Wall Street Journal, where he was global financial editor.
BUZZKILL: Activists thought they were close on an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose political spending, but the White House's response to the petition was noncommittal, and cited President Barack Obama's remarks that his power to act alone was limited. Kurt Walters, campaign manager at Rootstrikers, called it "nothing short of offensive."
PRIVACY PLEASE: ProPublica obtained memos by the State Policy Network and the Conservative Action Project urging conservative activists to resist state laws that would require the disclosure of “dark money” donors. The memos compare labeling secret donations “dark money” to calling election ballots “dark voting” and include other talking points, reports Robert Faturechi. The CAP memo — signed by Grover Norquist, Americans for Prosperity leadership and others — cited disclosure efforts in Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Washington, South Carolina and Texas.bit.ly/23LiQfd
AMAZON PRIME: Amazon’s lobbying budget nearly doubled last year, reports Andrea Peterson for The Washington Post. CEO Jeff Bezos, who also owns the Post, said he is most engaged on state sales taxes. “It's even a bipartisan issue that both side agree on and we still can't get it done,” he said. “It's very puzzling to me as an outsider, I don't know how you guys live here, honestly.” The company, which brought on former White House press secretary Jay Carney as senior vice president for global corporate affairs last year, is also pressuring lawmakers on drones and its cloud computing subsidiary, Amazon Web Services, a major government contractor. wapo.st/1NTXOPK
DON'T CALL IT A BAILOUT: Former Treasury secretary Tim Geithner will borrow money from JPMorgan Chase & Co. to meet his personal commitments to current employer Warburg Pincus, a private equity business that oversees $40 billion in venture capital and other investments, according to Bloomberg. The size of the loan and the interest rate were not disclosed, report Miles Weiss and Kiel Porter. As head of Treasury Geithner oversaw the bank’s repayment of $25 billion in bailout funds. bloom.bg/1PwGwKx
NEW PAC REGISTRATIONS (Type of PAC)
God PAC (Independent expenditure-only committee — unauthorized)
Livingstone Greenfield Assembly (Non-qualified non-party — lobbyist/registrant PAC)
Young Minorities Fund (Independent expenditure-only committee — unauthorized)
NEW LOBBYING REGISTRATIONS (Firm: Client)
Sentinel Worldwide: Artists Rights Society
Thompson Coburn LLP: Technology Integration Group
Waxman Strategies: American Association for Justice
Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of North America: Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of North America
Waxman Strategies: TracFone Wireless, Inc.
NEW LOBBYING TERMINATIONS:
Capitol Counsel, LLC: Gottlieb Strategic Consulting LLC
Capitol Counsel, LLC: LocusPoint Networks, LLC
Ernst & Young LLP: Citigroup Management Corp
Ernst & Young LLP: Enterprise Community Partners Inc.
Paul T. Glover Consultants: Triumph Engine Control Systems
HDMK: America’s Health Insurance Plans
** Sponsored by the National Restaurant Association #RestaurantsDecide: As the nation’s leading foodservice trade organization, the National Restaurant Association represents one million restaurants across the country. As the race for the White House kicks into high gear, America’s restaurants are where candidates go to share ideas and meals with voters. The National Restaurant Association is launching #RestaurantsDecide—a social media campaign that highlights the essential role restaurants play on the campaign trail and in the broader political process. “Like” America’s Restaurant Advocates on Facebook and “follow” @RestaurantsAct on Twitter to see what’s on the menu this election season! **