Lyft hires another lobbying firm


With Daniel Lippman

NEW BUSINESS: Lyft has hired Brandt Hershman and Lauren Hancock of Barnes & Thornburg to lobby on “transportation regulations, independent workers and other issues affecting” the ride-hailing industry, according to a disclosure filing. The company also brought on Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and the Madison Group to lobby on similar issues in recent months. Cargill has hired American Continental Group to lobby on coronavirus-related issues. The Minnesota-based conglomerate brought on Federal Street Strategies to lobby on the pandemic as well in April.

— Former Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and two other Bryant Songy Snell lobbyists have registered to lobby for Nissan to help the automaker get “work visas for administrative employees,” according to a disclosure filing. Nissan is the second client for which Bryant has agreed to lobby, following his registration to lobby for the defense contractor Huntington Ingalls in May. And Northrop Grumman has added Norma Krayem and Albert Kammler of Van Scoyoc Associates to its lineup of outside lobbyists.

FLYING IN (VIRTUALLY): Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions, which lobbies Republicans on clean energy issues, and the Conservative Energy Network are holding their annual fly-in this week — but they’re doing it virtually, of course. They’re set to meet with Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Mike Braun (R-Ind.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Reps. Michael Waltz (R-Texas), Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), Ross Spano (R-Fla.), Brian Mast (R-Fla.), Drew Ferguson (R-Ga.), Richard Hudson (R-N.C.), David Rouzer (R-N.C.), Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), Troy Balderson (R-Ohio), Fred Keller (R-Pa.), Bryan Steil (R-Wis.) Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.), Tim Walberg (R-Mich.), Pete Stauber (R-Minn.), Jim Baird (R-Ind.), Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), Tom Emmer (R-Minn.), Mark Amodei (R-Nev.) and Greg Pence (R-Ind.), among others.

Good Friday afternoon, and welcome to PI. Thanks to Caitlin Oprysko for filling in for me on Thursday. What did I miss? Tips: [email protected]. You can also follow me on Twitter: @theodoricmeyer.

MORE TRADE GROUPS ASK FOR AID: More and more trade groups are submitting pleas for assistance to Congress as lawmakers prepare to hash out another massive coronavirus relief bill. The International Franchise Association sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer with a variety of asks. One that caught PI’s eye: The trade group has asked Congress to expanding a proposal backed by Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) that would set up a $120 billion grant program for the restaurants to aid franchise businesses in any sector.

— “While IFA supports providing relief for restaurants, many other sectors face the same or more challenging liquidity issues, including salons, gyms, hotels, and day care centers, among many others,” the trade group wrote in a proposal attached to the letter. “IFA urges Congress not to pick winners & losers by sector or business type, but to allow all businesses who face challenges related to operating in the wake of COVID-19 a priority.”

The New York TimesEric Lipton has a good rundown of a few more of the latest asks. “American Airlines effectively enlisted tens of thousands of its own employees for the lobbying effort when the chief executive sent a note warning 25,000 workers — including 2,500 pilots and 9,950 flight attendants — that unless the company and union could convince Congress to extend assistance to the industry until March 2021, they were likely to lose their jobs. ‘If you are interested in supporting these legislative efforts, we recommend that you work with your union leaders to ensure your voice is heard,’ Doug Parker, the chief executive, and Robert Isom, the airline’s president, wrote to employees last week.”

COMPANIES PUSH FOR CORPORATE TAX BREAK: “Many large U.S. corporations are sitting on piles of tax credits they may not be able to use for years,” The Wall Street Journal’s Richard Rubin reports. “They want Congress to let them have the money now. Duke Energy Corp., Ford Motor Co., Occidental Petroleum Corp. and others could benefit if Congress includes a tax credit cash-out proposal in its next economic-relief legislation. Such a move, which is among ideas being considered by lawmakers and the Trump administration, could improve corporate cash flow by tens of billions of dollars.”

The tax proposal’s backers, which include the National Association of Manufacturers, Rep. Jodey Arrington (R., Texas) and a coalition organized by accounting firm PwC LLP, see reasons for optimism” that Congress might include it in the bill. “Many credits in question have broad bipartisan support because they subsidize activities Democrats favor, including renewable energy and affordable housing. The net long-run cost to the government of accelerating the credits would be smaller than the immediate cash infusion for companies, because the plan would largely move tax credits from later years up to 2020. ‘You don’t have to stand up a new program,’ said David Eiselsberg, senior director of tax policy at the manufacturers’ group. ‘This is something that companies would ultimately be using.’”

MORE DETAILS ON A LOBBYING FIRM’S WORK FOR A BULGARIAN BUSINESSMAN: PI reported on Friday that the Bulgarian businessman Plamen Stoilov Bobokov, his wife, Hristina Nedyalkova Bobokova, and his brother, Atanas Stoilov Bobokov, had hired Marshall Harris and Zorica Maric Djordjevic of Alexandria Group International to lobby Congress and the Trump administration. Here’s a little more detail from Harris on what he’ll be doing. “I have been retained to urge U.S. policymakers to respond appropriately to the Bulgarian regime’s increasing criminality and disrespect for the rule of law — including its arrest of my clients, the Bobokov brothers, and others on false, extortionate charges,” he told PI in a statement. “The growing street protests that POLITICO and other major media are covering attest to Bulgarian citizens’ unwillingness to continue to tolerate the Prime Minister and his corrupt henchmen.”

BANKS PUSH CONGRESS TO MAKE IT EASIER TO FORGIVE LOANS: “The banking industry is pressing Congress to convert millions of emergency small business loans into grants with minimal paperwork — an idea that some lawmakers and watchdog groups warn could expose the government to massive fraud,” POLITICO’s Zachary Warmbrodt reports. “The banks are pushing the issue because businesses that took the so-called Paycheck Protection Program loans are beginning to file applications to have the loans forgiven, a time-consuming and confusing process for both lenders and borrowers.”

— “The $670 billion program stipulates that the loans can be forgiven if employers kept workers on payroll, a key incentive for businesses to participate. A bill that would stop just short of automatic forgiveness for loans of $150,000 and under is gaining bipartisan support. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin gave the idea a big boost on Friday, when he told lawmakers that they should consider automatic forgiveness for smaller loans. But critics argue that there’s not enough information available to vet the proposal and that it could heighten the risk of scams.”

CORRECTION: Friday’s edition of PI misstated the amount the Alexandria Group International’s contract with Plamen Stoilov Bobokov, Hristina Nedyalkova Bobokova and Atanas Stoilov Bobokov is worth. The six-month contract is worth $156,000.

Kevin Kincheloe is leaving the Hill to join Anheuser-Busch as a senior director for federal government affairs. He was previously a senior policy adviser to Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.).

Kivvit has promoted Cassandra Hoch to general manager following Justine Sessions‘ departure for Cigna, where Sessions is now director of external communications.

Chris Bubser Victory Fund (Chris Bubser for Congress, California Democratic Party)
Ernst Victory Team Iowa (Sen. Joni Ernst, Republican Party of Iowa, Jobs Opportunity and New Ideas PAC, NRSC)
Gordon Victory Fund (Jackie Gordon for U.S. Congress, New York State Democratic Committee)

Arizona Republicans Who Believe in Treating Others with Respect (Super PAC)
Battleground Votes LLC (Super PAC)
Future Generations Victory Fund (PAC)
Laborers’ International Union of North America Political Fund (Super PAC)
Maine People (Super PAC)
Our Future Super PAC (PAC)
Republicans for Criminal Justice Reform SUPERPAC (PAC)
Timmons-Goodson Victory Fund (North Carolina Democratic Party – Federal, Patricia Timmons-Goodson for Congress)
WNY Democratic Unity Fund (PAC)
Wounded Warriors Alliance PAC (Super PAC)
Zeldin East Hampton Town Victory Fund (Rep. Lee Zeldin, Lee PAC)

American Continental Group: Cargill, Inc.
American Continental Group: General Atlantic Service Company, L.P.
Arent Fox LLP: ATR Electronics, Inc.
Barnes & Thornburg, LLP: Lyft, Inc.
BASSGLP LLC: Volta Charging, Inc.
Beacon Strategies: Assist Scholars
Beacon Strategies: MonDak Portables,LLC
Blue Ridge Law & Policy, P.C.: Aviator Capital Management, LLC
Brandon Audap: Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP: VenueScreen
Bryant Songy Snell LLC: Nissan North America, Inc.
Capitol Counsel, LLC: Fermaca de Mexico, S.a.r.l.
Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies: Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies: IDEXX
Cypress Advocacy, LLC: Amazon Web Services
First Principles Strategies, LLC: Horizon Government Affairs on behalf of the Health Innovation Alliance
FisherBroyles, LLP: Chimes International Fisherbroyles, LLP: CTIS
FisherBroyles, LLP: On Demand Pharmaceuticals
FisherBroyles, LLP: Vita Inclinata
FS Vector LLC: Fidelity Investment Services, LLC
FTI Government Affairs: Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA)
Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C.: Dispatch Health
Hogan Lovells US LLP: Alvogen, Pharma US, Inc.
Hogan Lovells US LLP: Firefly Black LLC
International Sanitary Supply Association: International Sanitary Supply Association
Kairos Government Affairs: Solar Energy Industries Association, Inc.
Lobbyit.com: American Society of Association Executives
Lone Rock Strategies: American Loggers Council
Nexxus Consulting, LLC: City of Douglas, Arizona
North Star Strategies, LLC: Justice Action Network
Polaris Government Relations, LLC: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Policy Impact Communications, Inc.: Lower Brule Corporation
Polsinelli PC: AMC Institute Polsinelli PC: LMI Aerospace, Inc.
Polsinelli PC: Shamrock Foods Company
Prime Policy Group: Allina Health
Prime Policy Group: Burson Cohn & Wolfe on behalf of Surescripts LLC
Prime Policy Group: Dream Medical Group
Prime Policy Group: K&L Gates LLP on behalf of Immunome
Prime Policy Group: K&L Gates LLP on behalf of NextStep Interactive, Inc
Prime Policy Group: Lymphedema Advocacy Group
Reardon Consulting, LLC: Coalition of Seafood Processors (Informal Coalition)
S-3 Group: Sazerac Company, Inc.
Sextons Creek: First Principles Strategies, LLC (on behalf of Horizon Government Affairs)
Sorini, Samet & Associates, LLC: Cambodia Footwear Association
Stanton Park Group: Franklin Credit Management Corp.
Students For Life Action: Students For Life Action
Sunday Creek Horizons, LLC: Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies
The Conafay Group, LLC: SpecGx, LLC
The Keelen Group, LLC: Rebecca Taxman
US Policy Strategies: The GEO Group, Inc.
USAgainstAlzheimers Action: USAgainstAlzheimers Action
Van Scoyoc Associates: Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation
Venable LLP: New York Law School
Windward Strategies: American Albacore Fishing Association, Inc.
Windward Strategies: The Town Dock

Advanced Policy Consulting, LLC: E*TRADE Financial Corporation including subsidiaries
Advanced Policy Consulting, LLC: Youfit Health Clubs
Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety: Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld: ISNetworld
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld: JRSK, Inc. dba Away
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld: Kentucky Lottery Corporation
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld: Moody’s Corporation
Alpine Group Partners, LLC.: Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA)
American Capitol Group: HeartFlow
American Continental Group: BACARDI North America, Inc.
American Continental Group: Emerson Ecologics LLC
American Continental Group: Project Right Side
American Continental Group: Sabre Corporation
American Continental Group: Water Generating Systems, LLC
AnnDyl Policy Group, LLC: Renew Financial
Arent Fox LLP: American Library Association
Arent Fox LLP: Beacon Capital Partners, LLC
Avenue Strategies: PV Group Limited
Avenue Strategies: VantageKnight, Inc. on behalf of Citgo Petroleum Corporation
Bailey Strategic Advisors, LLC: Ashford Inc.
Bailey Strategic Advisors, LLC: Expedia Group
Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz /The Daschle Group: Valley Health
Ballard Partners: Getaround, Inc.
Ballard Partners: Harry’s USA, Inc.
Banner Public Affairs, LLC: ESC Solutions
Banner Public Affairs, LLC: Arch Grants
BL Partners Group, LLC: Sprint Corporation
Bockorny Group, Inc.: Asset Protection Unit, Inc.
Bracewell LLP: American Coalition of Cabinet Distributors
Bracewell LLP: Cornerstone Building Brands, Inc.
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP: American Multi-Cinema, Inc.
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP: AmeriHealth Caritas Health Plan
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP: Chotin Group
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP: Columbia Care LLC
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP: Comcast Corporation
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP: Independent Directors of the Board of Directors of Wells Fargo & Company
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP: J&F Investimentos S.A.
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP: Lytton Band of Pomo Indians
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP: Route 66 Ventures
Broydrick & Associates: Independent Care Health Plan
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC: Orsted Wind Power North America LLC (Formerly Deepwater Wind LLC)
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC: Youngquist Brothers Family Holdings
Capitol Counsel, LLC: Masimo Corporation
Capitol Decisions, Inc.: Regent University
Capitol Hill Partners: LinkedIn
Capitol Hill Policy Group LLC: American Seafoods Group
Capitol Hill Policy Group LLC: Nooksack Indian Tribe
Capitol Hill Policy Group LLC: Silver Airways LLC
CGCN Group, LLC (formerly known as Clark Geduldig Cranford & Nielsen, LLC): Devon Energy Corporation
Clark Hill, PLC: Astrotech Corporation
Cogent Strategies LLC: Grupo Pinero
Constantine Cannon, LLP: New York Private Bank & Trust Corporation/Emigrant Bank
Constantine Cannon, LLP: Professional Licensing Coalition
Cornerstone Government Affairs, Inc.: Grenada County, Mississippi
Covington & Burling LLP: Association of Equipment Manufacturers
Covington & Burling LLP: Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC
Covington & Burling LLP: The Lincoln Electric Company
Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies: The Datamyne Inc.
Creative Government Solutions LLC: National Business Aviation Association
CURA Strategies: Pacific Business Group on Health
Dan Burton International LLC: Citizens Commission on Human Rights
David Turch & Assoc.: RFD Beaufort Inc
Dentons US, LLP: Cowlitz Indian Tribe
Dentons US, LLP: Fidelity National Financial Inc. DLA Piper LLP (US): Gulf Oil LP
Ernst & Young LLP (Washington Council Ernst & Young): Charles Schwab & Company
Ernst & Young LLP (Washington Council Ernst & Young): General Electric Company
Ernst & Young LLP (Washington Council Ernst & Young): Huntsman International LLC
Ernst & Young LLP (Washington Council Ernst & Young): Managed Funds Association
Forbes-Tate: BAE Systems, Inc.
Forbes-Tate: Evolus Beauty
Forbes-Tate: Kahala Biosciences
Forbes-Tate: Motor Vehicle Software Corporation
Forbes-Tate: Neutron Holdings dba Lime
Forbes-Tate: The Hershey Company
FTI Government Affairs: Comcast Corp
FTI Government Affairs: Continental
Greenberg Traurig, LLP: Alaska Structures, Inc.
Greenberg Traurig, LLP: Peabody Energy
Groom Law Group, Chartered: SEIU 775 Secure Retirement Trust
Hargan and Associates: Stonington Global LLC on behalf of Nostrum Pharmaceuticals
Hargan and Associates: Stonington Global LLC on behalf of Smart Meter
Hargan and Associates: Stonington Global LLC on behalf of TL Management LLC
Hillenbrand, Inc.: Hillenbrand, Inc.
Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP: Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida
Holland & Knight LLP: AirMap
Holland & Knight LLP: Alltran
Holland & Knight LLP: APC Automotive Technologies LLC
Holland & Knight LLP: National Press Photographers Association
Holland & Knight LLP: Silver Spring Owner, LLC
Imperium Global Advisors: Cook Group
Imperium Global Advisors: Social Judo
iPolicy Solutions: Evanostics
iPolicy Solutions: Genome Medical Inc.
iPolicy Solutions: Global Healthy Living Foundation
J M Burkman & Associates: Berkshire Capital Management Co., Inc.
J M Burkman & Associates: Ecoark
J M Burkman & Associates: Geoffrey Thompson
J M Burkman & Associates: HFX Inc.
J M Burkman & Associates: John Dolkart, ESQ
J M Burkman & Associates: Maestro Personal Assistant
J M Burkman & Associates: Royal Dairy
John T. Doolittle, LLC: Dan Burton International LLC on behalf of Citizens Commission on Human Rights
Jones Walker, LLP: Port of Louisville
Jones Walker, LLP: Sensiva Health LLC
Jones Walker, LLP: Society of Collision Repair Specialists
K&L Gates, LLP: Clark Street Associates on behalf of Complete Genomics, Inc.
K&L Gates, LLP: Clark Street Associates LLC on behalf of Skywater Technology
K&L Gates, LLP: Commonwealth Research Associates, LLC
K&L Gates, LLP: Fresh Harvest
K&L Gates, LLP: National Water Supply Alliance
K&L Gates, LLP: Space Apprentices Enterprise Inc. d/b/a Momentus Space
K&L Gates, LLP: Tarrant Regional Water District
Madison Services Group, Inc: Penn Parking
McGuireWoods Consulting (A Subsidiary of McGuireWoods LLP): iRobot
McGuireWoods Consulting (A Subsidiary of McGuireWoods LLP): Old Dominion University Research Foundation
McLarty Inbound LLC: Fuyao Glass Industry Group Co., Ltd.
Melody Clark Consulting, LLC.: Digital Realty Trust, Inc.
Melody Clark Consulting, LLC.: Lockheed Martin Corporation
Merchant McIntyre & Associates, LLC: Greater Regional Health
Merchant McIntyre & Associates, LLC: Humboldt County, NV
Merchant McIntyre & Associates, LLC: Ochiltree General Hospital
Mercury Public Affairs, LLC: Maxor National Pharmacy Services, LLC
MFJ International: Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance
MFJ International: Mylan, Inc.
MJ Capitol Consulting, LLC: Beaumont Health
NVG, LLC: National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund
Paul Marcone & Associates, LLC: Cotton & Company
Plurus Strategies, LLC: Exxon Mobil Corp
Polaris Government Relations, LLC: Comcast Corporation
Porter Group, LLC: MIS/Global Defense Electronics, Inc.
Powers, Pyles, Sutter & Verville, PC: Autry Museum of the American West
Prewitt Group, P.A.: Winkelmann Flowform Technology, LP.
Prime Policy Group: Kinesis (Formerly Omega Enterprises)
PRASAM: CAE USA Military Simulation and Training
Prime Policy Group: NewsGuard Technologies, Inc
Ridge Policy Group: Allegheny Technologies, Inc. (ATI)
Ridge Policy Group: Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority (ECGRA)
Ridge Policy Group: OxiCool, Inc
Ridge Policy Group: The Seasonal Business Alliance
Rising Tide Associates: Revision Military LTD
Rising Tide Associates: VICIS, Inc.
Ryan Costello Strategies: POSC of Orange, LLC
Ryder System, Inc: Ryder System, Inc
Rubin Health Policy Consulting, LLC: American Heart Association
Ryan Costello Strategies: Mount Airy #1, LLC
S-3 Group: Blockchain Association
S-3 Group: United Technologies
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.: BedJet
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.: Brightech Plus
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.: Clarity Products LLC
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.: Electronic Fluorocarbons, LLC
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.: Magellan Corporation
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.: Pall Corporation
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.: Rosenboom Machine & Tool, Inc.
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.: Taste Beauty
Sea Service Family, Consulting: Sea Service Family, Consulting
Sorini, Samet, & Associates, LLC: Gerdau Metaldom
Sorini, Samet, & Associates, LLC: Kingery Samet & Sorini PLLC on behalf of Air Master Awning LLC
Squire Patton Boggs: American Shrimp Processors Association
Squire Patton Boggs: Raytheon
Stonington Global: Moshe Margareten
Strategic Health Care: Mission Healthcare Foundation
Sullivan Strategies (FKA SB Capitol Solutions): Truck Smart Parking Services, Inc.
The D Major Group: Allergan Inc (Formerly Actavis Inc )
The Fritts Group: Fox Corporation
The Gibson Group, LLC: Cigna Corporation
The Gibson Group, LLC: Comcast Corporation
The Keelen Group, LLC: Stonington Global on behalf of Moshe Margareten
The Keelen Group, LLC: The Prescot Group on behalf of Avanir Pharmaceuticals
The Keelen Group, LLC: The Prescot Group on behalf of the Wireless Infrastructure Association
The Laurin Baker Group, LLC: Romeo Rim
The Raben Group: Poverty and Race Research Action Council
The Ringo Group, LLC: General Electric Company
Thompson Coburn LLP: TransUnion LLC
Tiber Creek Associates of Capitol Hill, Inc.: Sicangu Wicoti Awanyakape Corp.
Tiber Creek Associates of Capitol Hill, Inc.: Southwest Housing Compliance Corporation
Total System Services LLC, formerly reported as Total System Services, Inc.: Total System Services LLC formerly reported as Total System Services Inc
Van Heuvelen Strategies, LLC: Allergan PLC (Formerly Known As Actavis)
Van Heuvelen Strategies, LLC: Kenneth R Boiarsky
Van Scoyoc Associates: ACE Aeronautics, LLC
Van Scoyoc Associates: City of Culver City, CA
Van Scoyoc Associates: City of East Point, Georgia
Van Scoyoc Associates: Paychex
Van Scoyoc Associates: Philanthropy New York
Van Scoyoc Associates: The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR)
Van Scoyoc Associates: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Venable LLP: Altria Client Services LLC
Venable LLP: BlueMountain Capital Management, LLC
Venable LLP: Desert Door Distillery
Venable LLP: IKEA of Sweden AB
Venn Strategies: Civica Inc.
Virgin Trains USA: Virgin Trains USA
Williams and Jensen, PLLC: Association of Air Medical Services
Williams and Jensen, PLLC: The Davis Brown Law Firm on behalf of Polk County IA
Williams and Jensen, PLLC: Veritec Solutions, LLC
Wynne Health Group: City of Thornton
Wynne Health Group: Cleveland Clinic
Wynne Health Group: DispatchHealth





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