With David Beavers and Daniel Lippman
SEVERAL BREAUX AND LOTT CLIENTS MOVE TO CROSSROADS: Crossroads Strategies registered to lobby this week for three of the clients that former Sens. John Breaux (D-La.) and Trent Lott (R-Miss.) represented while they worked at Squire Patton Boggs. Breaux and Lott worked at Squire Patton Boggs for a decade before the firm fired Lott last month. Lott said he was ousted after the firm found out he was in discussions to leave; Squire Patton Boggs has declined to comment on why he was fired. Lott and Breaux signed on as senior partners at Crossroads — where John Green, a former Lott staffer and fellow Mississippian, is chief executive — a week later.
— Lott and Breaux have brought three of their old clients with them to Crossroads: the American Shrimp Processors Association; the LHC Group, a Louisiana health care provider; and Sanderson Farms, a Mississippi chicken producer. They expect to bring over 10 to 15 of the clients for which they lobbied at Squire Patton Boggs by the end of the summer, according to someone familiar with the matter.
— Sanderson Farms was one of nine clients for which Breaux and Lott lobbied through the Breaux Lott Leadership Group, the firm they started after leaving Congress and which Squire Patton Boggs bought in 2010. (They lobbied for the other two through Squire Patton Boggs itself.) Crossroads already represents one of those clients, Airlines for America. Squire Patton Boggs continues to represent four others — the Transportation Institute, Daybrook Fisheries, Huntington Ingalls and the City of New Orleans — and will reregister them as Squire Patton Boggs clients, according to a spokesperson for the firm.
— The firm hopes to do the same with another Breaux Lott Leadership Group client, the Association of American Railroads. John Flynn, a former aide to Breaux when he was in the Senate who lobbied for several Breaux Lott Leadership Group clients, remains at Squire Patton Boggs.
RON PHILLIPS LEAVES GAVEL: Ron Phillips, a lobbyist at Gavel Resources, has left the firm and plans to start his own lobbying shop. In an interview, Phillips said he decided to strike out on his own after Gavel declined to renew the lease on its office near the Capitol Hill Club and lost several major clients. “The client list has evaporated,” he said. He plans to start a new firm with Bill Jarrell, a former Gavel lobbyist, that will handle public affairs, communications and fundraising in addition to lobbying work. Phillips and Jarrell are both former Republican congressional staffers.
— Former Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Calif.), a Gavel partner, acknowledged the firm had lost clients since the pandemic started but said it had signed several new ones as well. “It’s kind of a two-edged sword,” he said in an interview. The firm had been planning to leave its offices since last year once the lease expired on June 30, he added, and the firm’s remaining lobbyists are now working out of his townhouse on Capitol Hill. “As far as we’re concerned, nothing’s changed,” he said.
REPUBLICANS ASK PARLER CEO TO TESTIFY IN HOUSE ANTITRUST INVESTIGATION: Two House Republicans have asked the head of Parler, a social media platform that’s increasingly popular with conservatives, “to weigh in on the House Judiciary Committee’s bipartisan antitrust investigation into tech giants,” POLITICO’s Betsy Woodruff Swan reports. “Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) sent a letter on Wednesday afternoon to John Matze, the CEO of Parler, asking him to weigh in on “the state of competition in social media.”
— “‘Parler differentiates itself on the quality and features of its platform — namely, its commitment to not ‘censor or editorialize, share or sell user data,’ the lawmakers wrote. ‘This commitment positions Parler in stark contrast to Twitter, which has made increasingly clear in recent weeks and months that only users who refrain from expressing certain unfavored political beliefs are welcome to fully participate on its platform.’ … On the same day, the two representatives sent a letter to Twitter’s CEO asking for a host of materials, including explanations of all moderating decisions made in the U.S. over the last year.”
ANNALS OF PRESIDENTIAL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: “President Trump’s annual financial disclosure report was due to be released more than a week ago,” The New York Times’ Steve Eder and Ben Protess report. “But the filing, the only official public document detailing his personal finances, was not published, and neither the White House nor federal ethics officials offered a public explanation.”
— “The White House addressed the issue on Wednesday night. An official said Mr. Trump had requested a deadline extension because the report was ‘complicated’ and the president had ‘been focused on addressing the coronavirus crisis and other matters.’ The report, required under federal ethics rules, provides a partial view of the president’s assets and debts and the performance of his family business. It was originally due in May, but Mr. Trump and all White House employees were given a 45-day extension until June 29 because of the pandemic.”
IF YOU MISSED IT ON WEDNESDAY: American Express, Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, Hyatt Hotels, Resy, Sysco and US Foods sent a letter to Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) on Wednesday backing a bill the senators have introduced that would set up $120 billion fund to help the restaurant industry. “Without restaurants, every one of our businesses would be impacted and the economic framework of cities and towns across all parts of the United States would be dramatically altered for the worse,” they wrote.
— The Independent Restaurant Coalition, which took the lead in organizing the letter, and the National Restaurant Association have lobbied Congress to pass such a bill for months. Wicker and Sinema introduced legislation last month that’s also backed by Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). A companion bill introduced by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) in the House has attracted 55 Democratic co-sponsors but only one other Republican: Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.).
— Claire Richer has left the Hill to join the American Wind Energy Association as federal affairs director. The trade group anticipates she’ll register as a lobbyist. She was previously a legislative aide to Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.).
— Michael Hacker is joining TikTok’s Washington office, per Playbook. He was previously a senior adviser to Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.).
— Hagerty Consulting has hired Jessi Nalepa as its communications director. She was previously director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s external affairs office.
Core Four Victory Fund (Cal for NC, Hickenlooper for Colorado, Mark Kelly for Senate, Sara Gideon for Maine)
Ossoff Victory Fund (Jon Ossoff for Senate, Georgia Federal Elections Committee)
Get Out the Vote Pinellas (PAC)
Jobs for Our Future PAC (Super PAC)
MichiganWorks (Super PAC)
National Advocacy for Trusted Elections (Super PAC)
Restore Our Republic PAC (PAC)
SigmaPAC1914 (Hybrid PAC)
The Progressive List (Hybrid PAC)
Armory Hill Advocates (formerly known as Rawlson Policy Group): KPC Global Management
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP: The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation
Atlantic Strategies Group: Tactical Air Support, Inc.
Ballard Partners: IMPACT
Ballard Partners: Nanobiosym Diagnostics, Inc.
Banner Public Affairs, LLC: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
CAPGOV, LLC: Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL)
Capitol Tax Partners, LLP: alliantgroup
Capitol Tax Partners, LLP: Clearway Energy Group
Card & Associates, LLC: Messina Group, Inc on behalf of Montefiore Medicine Academic Health System, Inc.
Fierce Government Relations: HomeSafe Alliance, LLC
Gray & Oscar, LLC (formerly Bob Gray, LLC): The Support Sight Foundation
Michael Torrey Associates, LLC: Charlottes Web, Inc.
Nixon Peabody LLP: Birch Island LP
Phoenix Global Organization Incorporated: Eagle Eye Satellite and Cel Tower Tower Communications Inc. Phoenix Global Organization Incorporated: Mystic Leaf Cannabis Products LLC.
Phoenix Global Organization Incorporated: Mystic Leaf Growers LLC.
Ricchetti Incorporated: InterDigital
Ricchetti Incorporated: Tesseract, Inc.
Squire Patton Boggs: Xavier University School of Medicine
Stonington Global: Venture Quest Capital Partners
The Ferguson Group, LLC: Mark IV Capital
Thorn Run Partners: University of Tennessee
Thorn Run Partners: Vocera Communications
Venable LLP: National Business Officers Association
Winning Strategies Washington: Company Six
Winning Strategies Washington: Monroe County Water Authority
Winning Strategies Washington: Peninsula Regional Health System – Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
Winning Strategies Washington: StratComms, Inc.
Israeli-American Coalition for Action: Israeli-American Coalition for Action
Mr. Ron McMurray: Livingston Group L L C Sasol Chemicals (USA) LLC
Parry, Romani, Deconcini & Symms: Havenpark Capital Partners
Squire Patton Boggs: The Conti Group
Squire Patton Boggs: United Technologies Corporation
Susan Greenhalgh: National Election Defense Institute
Tremont Strategies Group LLC (f/k/a ADS Ventures): Change Healthcare Operations, LLC
Tremont Strategies Group LLC (f/k/a ADS Ventures): Polartec LLC
Triad Strategies, LLC.: Avolio Law Group c/o Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County
Triad Strategies, LLC.: Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation
Winning Strategies Washington: Besler Consulting
Winning Strategies Washington: Rising Pharma Holdings, Inc.
Winning Strategies Washington: Taste Beauty