With Daniel Lippman
BIDEN AIDES HEADLINE DNC FUNDRAISERS WITH LOBBYISTS: “When Barack Obama won the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, he barred the Democratic National Committee from accepting contributions from lobbyists in an attempt to purge their influence from his future administration. Joe Biden doesn’t appear to have the same concerns.”
— “The DNC started accepting checks from lobbyists again in 2016 and has continued to do so as Biden prepares to accept the Democratic nomination next week. And while the Biden campaign has sworn off contributions from lobbyists, it has dispatched top staffers to headline at least four Zoom fundraisers this month benefiting the DNC and hosted by prominent Democratic lobbyists.”
— “Steve Elmendorf, a well-known lobbyist who hosted a DNC fundraiser last week with other Democratic lobbyists at his firm, said that since the Biden campaign won’t take lobbyists’ checks, he has turned to giving to the DNC and state parties as the way for lobbyists to contribute to the campaign against President Donald Trump. Elmendorf has also written checks to the Wisconsin and Michigan Democratic parties and plans to give to two more battleground state parties ahead of the election, he said. …The fundraisers have drawn top Biden staffers, including Steve Ricchetti, the campaign’s chairman who is himself a former lobbyist for clients including AT&T, General Motors and Pfizer. He has appeared at three of the four events this month, according to invitations obtained by POLITICO.”
— “Bruce Reed, a senior adviser on the campaign who served as Biden’s chief of staff while he was vice president, headlined one of the events with Ricchetti; Jake Sullivan, another top Biden aide, appeared with him at another. Rufus Gifford, Biden’s deputy campaign manager; Stef Feldman, the campaign’s policy director; and Reed headlined a fourth fundraiser on Wednesday afternoon hosted by Democratic lobbyists at Capitol Counsel,” which sought contributions of as much as $25,000.
CHAMBER CONCERNED ABOUT TRUMP’S PAYROLL TAX ORDER: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce expressed “serious concerns” on Wednesday about President Donald Trump’s executive order delaying the collection of payroll taxes. Not only is Trump’s executive order “surrounded by uncertainty as to its application and implementation, it creates a substantial tax liability for employees at the end of the deferral period,” Caroline Harris, the Chamber’s vice president for tax policy and economic development, wrote in a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. “As current law provides, this is a deferral of tax due, and without Congressional action to forgive the payroll tax, it threatens to impose serious hardships on employees who will face a large tax bill at the end of the deferral period.”
LABOR DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS SAYS SCALIA INTERVENED IN ORACLE CASE: “A senior Labor Department lawyer contends she faces removal from her job after objecting to Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia’s intervention in a pay discrimination case against Oracle, a tech giant with close White House connections,” The New York Times’ Noam Scheiber, David McCabe and Maggie Haberman report. “Oracle has a lot at stake in the case, which originated in the Obama administration: potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in back pay for female, African-American and Asian-American employees who the department said were paid less than white and male counterparts.”
— “Ordinarily such a case would be left to career employees. But Janet Herold, who has overseen the litigation, asserts in a complaint filed last week with a federal investigative agency that Mr. Scalia broke with normal department practice in seeking a settlement and abused his authority, according to her lawyers. … A Labor Department spokeswoman said Mr. Scalia had done nothing irregular or improper in the Oracle case.”
CORPORATE AMERICA FIGHTING BACK AGAINST PLANNED WECHAT RESTRICTIONS: “U.S. companies whose fortunes are linked to China are pushing back against the Trump administration’s plans to restrict business transactions involving the WeChat app from Tencent Holdings Ltd., saying it could undermine their competitiveness in the world’s second-biggest economy,” The Wall Street Journal’s John McKinnon and Lingling Wei report. “More than a dozen major U.S. multinational companies raised concerns in a call with White House officials Tuesday about the potentially broad scope and impact of Mr. Trump’s executive order targeting WeChat, set to take effect late next month.”
— “Apple Inc., Ford Motor Co., Walmart Inc. and Walt Disney Co. were among those participating in the call, according to people familiar with the situation. ‘For those who don’t live in China, they don’t understand how vast the implications are if American companies aren’t allowed to use it,’ said Craig Allen, president of the U.S.-China Business Council. ‘They are going to be held at a severe disadvantage to every competitor,’ he added. Other participants in the call Tuesday included Procter & Gamble Co., Intel Corp., MetLife Inc., Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Morgan Stanley, United Parcel Service Inc., Merck & Co. Inc. and Cargill Inc., according to the people.”
IF YOU MISSED IT ON WEDNESDAY: The “Energy Department proposed easing water efficiency requirements for shower heads Wednesday following multiple complaints from President Donald Trump about how low water flow is impeding his ability to properly wash his hair,” Bloomberg News’ Ari Natter reports. “The plan would allow manufacturers to bypass a 2.5 gallon-per-minute maximum flow rate set by Congress in the 1990s. Under current law, each shower head in a shower counts toward that limit. If finalized, the administration plan would allow multiple shower nozzles with 2.5 gallon-per-minute heads to each meet that requirement separately.”
— Story Partners has hired Anton Becker as assistant vice president. He was previously a senior policy communications specialist at the Society for Human Resources Management and before that served as communications director to Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.).
— J.A. Green & Company has added Katie Peake as a policy analyst. She was previously an aide to Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.).
Defenders of Justice Cunningham Gideon Greenfield Shaheen Warnock (Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Cal for NC, Sara Gideon for Maine, Theresa Greenfield for Iowa, Warnock for Georgia)
GT Farm Team III (Reps. Rick Allen, David Rouzer, Trent Kelly, Chris Jacobs and Troy Balderson; Feenstra for Congress; August Pfluger for Congress; Cliff Bentz for Congress; Matt Rosendale for Montana; Mann for Congress; Tiffany Shedd for Congress Committee)
Lehigh Valley Freedom Fund (Schiller for Congress, Republican Federal Committee of Pennsylvania)
SEEC Victory Fund (Sustainable Energy and Environmental Coalition PAC, Rep. Matt Cartwright)
The Founders Committee (Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell; Sens. Susan Collins, Tom Cotton, Steve Daines, Joni Ernst, Cory Gardner, Lindsey Graham, Kelly Loeffler, Martha McSally, David Perdue, Mike Rounds, Dan Sullivan and Thom Tillis; John James for Senate, Inc.; Arizona Republican Party; Colorado Republican Committee; Republican Party of Florida; Republican Party of Iowa; Republican Party of Kentucky; Maine Republican Party; North Carolina Republican Party; Republican Federal Committee of Pennsylvania)
Torres Victory Fund (Torres for Congress, New York State Democratic Committee, La Bamba PAC)
A Better Tomorrow 2020 (PAC)
American Matters Political Action Committee (PAC)
Boricua Vota Texas Inc (Super PAC)
Elect Black Women PAC (Hybrid PAC)
GRAIL PAC (PAC)
Old Breed PAC, Inc. (Leadership PAC: Rich McCormick)
Operation Frederick Douglass (Super PAC)
Unite the Fight Inc (Super PAC)
United We Dream Action PAC (Super PAC)
Val PAC — FEDERAL Inc. (PAC)
Washingtonians Against Legalizing Marijuana (PAC)
We Are the Deciders, LLC (Super PAC)
Audentes Therapeutics: Audentes Therapeutics
Forbes-Tate: Abyrx, Inc.
Forbes-Tate: Jacksonville State University
Forbes-Tate: NASH Alliance Coalition
ML Strategies, LLC: Continuus Pharmaceuticals
Munk Policy & Law: Steelman Aviation, Inc.
PricewaterhouseCoopers: The Blackstone Group Inc.
Steptoe & Johnson LLP: Standard Aero
The Williams Group: Robinhood
Thompson Coburn LLP: LEGO Systems, Inc.
Webster, Chamberlain & Bean, LLP: National Child Safety Council
XR Association: XR Association
Corley Consulting, LLC: Immigration Voice
Forbes-Tate: Syndax Pharmaceuticals
Irene Howie: City of College Park Georgia
Ogilvy Government Relations: Audit Services U.S., LLC
Six Stars LLC: Tripacer Strategic Consulting LLC on behalf of Learn Capital LLC