With Daniel Lippman
NEW BUSINESS: DoorDash has hired its second Washington lobbying firm. A team of eight Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld lobbyists, including two former aides to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, will lobby for the delivery startup on “policy matters impacting independent workers, consumers, and businesses,” according to a disclosure filing. DoorDash previously hired Cassidy & Associates lobbyists in April, shelling out $70,000 for the firm to lobby on labor and taxes, among other issues.
— DoorDash’s competitors have stocked up on lobbyists this year, too. Postmates brought on BGR Group last month and also retains the Franklin Square Group, according to disclosure filings. And Instacart added three lobbying firms — Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath, Harbinger Strategies and Subject Matter — in April. The company also retains Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas.
— And the Association for Accessible Medicines, a trade group representing the generic pharmaceutical industry, has added Warren Payne and Timothy Keeler of Mayer Brown to its lineup of outside lobbyists. They’ll lobby on the pandemic response and “incentives for re-shoring,” according to a disclosure filing. The trade group also retains Capitol Hill Consulting Group, Endgame Strategies, Fierce Government Relations, the Gibson Group, Kountoupes Denham Carr & Reid, Mehlman Castagnetti and Quadripoint Strategies.
TRADE GROUPS PUSH SENATE TO PASS CORPORATE BOARD DIVERSITY BILL: More than a dozen trade groups sent a letter to Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), the Senate Banking Committee’s chair, and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), the committee’s ranking member, this morning urging them to pass a bill that would mandate that issuers of certain securities disclose the racial, ethnic and gender composition of their boards. The bill, introduced by Reps. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) and Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), passed the House in November but has been stalled in the Senate.
— “Our associations and members support efforts to increase gender, racial, and ethnic diversity on corporate boards of directors, as diversity has become increasingly important to institutional investors, pension funds, and other stakeholders,” the American Bankers Association, the Bank Policy Institute, the Retail Industry Leaders Association, TechNet, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other trade groups wrote in the letter.
BLOCKBUSTER TECH HEARING MOVED TO WEDNESDAY: The House Judiciary Committee hearing at which Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Sundar Pichai and Apple’s Tim Cook are set to testify has been moved to Wednesday to accommodate the late Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) lying in state in the Capitol today. The Wall Street Journal’s Sebastian Herrera took a look at what to expect from Bezos’ testimony. Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), the chair of the antitrust subcommittee, “said lawmakers over the past year have ‘heard some very disturbing testimony about the experiences of innovators and small businesses with Amazon.’ Asked whether he was satisfied with how Amazon has answered questions about its use of third-party seller data, Mr. Cicilline said simply: ‘No.’”
— “‘They are tremendous gatekeepers to a huge part of the economy,’ Mr. Cicilline said in an interview. ‘We want to look at in a very serious way the practices of Amazon.’ Mr. Bezos’s primary advisers for the hearing include top Amazon lawyer David Zapolsky and Jay Carney, Amazon’s public relations and policy chief and a former White House press secretary to President Barack Obama.”
HOW DODD IS SHAPING BIDEN’S VICE PRESIDENTIAL SELECTION PROCESS: POLITICO’s Natasha Korecki, Christopher Cadelago and Marc Caputo give readers a glimpse at how former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) — who led the Motion Picture Association of America (since rebranded at the Motion Picture Association) after leaving Congress and who was a registered lobbyist at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer until last year — is influencing Joe Biden’s search for a veep.
— When Dodd recently asked Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) “about her ambush on Biden in the first Democratic debate, Dodd was stunned by her response. ‘She laughed and said, “That’s politics.” She had no remorse,’ Dodd told a longtime Biden supporter and donor, who relayed the exchange to POLITICO on condition of anonymity.” Dodd’s concerns about Harris were serious enough that he’s helped elevate Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) because he believes she’d be a “loyal No. 2.”
— Lam Research has hired Rich Ashooh as vice president of global government affairs. He was previously the Commerce Department’s assistant secretary for export administration.
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Bishop McInnis Freedom Fund (Rep. Dan Bishop, NRCC, Tar Heel Prosperity PAC, McInnis for State Senate)
Bolz Victory Fund (Kate Bolz for Congress, Nebraska Democratic Party)
Goroff Victory Fund (Goroff for Congress, New York State Democratic Committee)
Ohio Red to Blue 2020 (Kate for Congress, Friends of Desiree Tims)
Rep Ted Lieu – Humanity Forward PAC Joint Committee (Rep. Ted Lieu, Humanity Forward PAC)
Better Road Louisiana (Super PAC)
Black Lives Matter RI FED PAC (PAC)
Cast Your Vote USA (Super PAC)
Citizens for Preserving Lakeside Park (Hybrid PAC)
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Jobs and the Economy PAC (Leadership PAC: Jay Obernolte)
Liberty for All (Super PAC)
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Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld: DoorDash
Atlas Crossing LLC: England Economic and Industrial Development District
Atlas Crossing LLC: Hill East Group, LLC on behalf of Capitol Collect Management
Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz /The Daschle Group: OpCo Altoona, IA, LLC
Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz /The Daschle Group: OpCo Carroll, IA, LLC
Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz /The Daschle Group: OpCo Granger, IA, LLC
Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz /The Daschle Group: OpCo Jefferson, IA, LLC
Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz /The Daschle Group: OpCo Norwalk, IA, LLC
Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz /The Daschle Group: OpCo Polk City, IA, LLC
Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz /The Daschle Group: OpCo University Park, IA, LLC
Capstone National Partners: Brain Aneurysm Foundation
Capstone National Partners: Endece, LLC Capstone National Partners: OVS Media
Foley Hoag LLP: Wave Life Sciences
Hill East Group, LLC: Atlas Crossing LLC on behalf of England Economic & Industrial Development Dist.
Hill East Group, LLC: Capitol Collect Management
Hogan Lovells US LLP: MSD Capital, L.P.
Mayer Brown LLP: Association for Accessible Medicine
Michael Best Strategies LLC: Musco Family Olive Co.
Michael Best Strategies LLC: Vantage Deluxe World Travel
Prime Policy Group: Storck USA L.P.
Steptoe & Johnson LLP: 7-Eleven, Inc.
Steptoe & Johnson LLP: The University of Tulsa
The Color Nine Group, LLC: Munder Difflin, LLC
The Rose Company, LLC: FFP New Hydro, LLC
Ballard Partners: Secure Democracy
Cyrrus Analytics: Hettinger Strategy Group LLC on behalf of Veritas LLC
Cyrrus Analytics: National Telecommunications Institute
Foley Hoag LLP: Editas Medicines, Inc.
Ridge Policy Group: RV Retailer, LLC
The OB-C Group, LLC: Facebook
The OB-C Group, LLC: Managed Funds Association