With David Beavers and Daniel Lippman
WHAT THE CHAMBER WANTS IN THE NEXT CORONAVIRUS RELIEF BILL: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell this morning laying out what it would like to see in the coronavirus legislation that Congress is preparing to hash out. The trade group’s first ask is unsurprising: provisions that would make it harder for customers and workers sickened by the coronavirus to sue businesses, for which the Chamber and dozens of other trade groups have been lobbying for months.
— The Chamber also asked Congress to make a variety of changes to the Paycheck Protection Program, including extending the deadline and making the loans available to trade groups; to shore up the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program; to bolster the Employee Retention Credit; to set aside money to help schools reopen safely; to extend federal unemployment benefits passed in March but pare them down from the current amount of $600 a week; and to provide help to state and local governments, which Democratic lawmakers have championed for months.
— The additional unemployment benefits are scheduled to run out at the end of the month, and Neil Bradley, the Chamber’s chief policy officer, said Congress needed to pass legislation before the August recess. “It’s imperative that they find a bipartisan way forward in the next few weeks,” he told reporters on a conference call. He declined to estimate how much the measures the Chamber is pushing for would cost but said it was likely to be more than $1 trillion — which McConnell has talked about as a ceiling for the bill’s cost — but less than the $3 trillion bill that House Democrats passed in May. “I suspect it will end up somewhere slightly north of a trillion dollars,” he said.
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WHICH LOBBYISTS ARE BUNDLING FOR TRUMP: Trump Victory, the joint fundraising vehicle for President Donald Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee, disclosed how much registered lobbyists have bundled in the first six months of the year in a new campaign finance report. Jeff Miller of Miller Strategies bundled more than $2.7 million, former Rep. Kent Hance (D-Texas) of Hance Scarborough raised nearly $1.6 million, Brian Ballard of Ballard Partners raised $569,600, Jack Oliver of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner raised $565,400, the independent lobbyist Gaylord Hughey raised about $208,000, Dave Tamasi of Chartwell Strategy Group raised $112,100 and Eric Branstad of Mercury raised $25,000.
— Branstad, who served in Trump’s Commerce Department, hasn’t lobbied since last year, according to disclosure filings. (He’s also the son of Terry Branstad, the U.S. ambassador to China and former Iowa governor.) The report also disclosed that David Bossie, who leads Citizens United but has never registered to lobby, raised $150,000 for Trump Victory.
INSIDE TIKTOK’S LOBBYING PUSH: TikTok, which is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, is “desperately trying to convince lawmakers and administration officials that its allegiance lies with the United States, not China,” The New York Times’ Cecilia Kang, Lara Jakes, Ana Swanson and David McCabe report. “The social media company, which one year ago had virtually no lobbying presence in the nation’s capital, has hired a small army of more than 35 lobbyists to work on its behalf, including” Dave Urban of American Continental Group, who’s close to Trump.
— “In the past three months, lobbyists working on behalf of TikTok have held at least 50 meetings with congressional staff and lawmakers, including those on top committees like commerce, judiciary and intelligence. Those meetings have included a slick presentation that includes an organizational chart showing that TikTok does not operate in China and that most of its top leaders reside in the United States and are American citizens. For instance, TikTok’s new chief executive, Kevin Mayer, a former executive of Disney, lives in Los Angeles, they say.”
— “ByteDance denies it shares data with the Chinese government and is distancing itself from its roots in the communist nation. The company stressed TikTok was not available in China — it offers a similar app called Douyin there instead — and said user data was stored in Virginia, with a backup in Singapore.” “There’s a lot of misinformation about TikTok right now,” said Michael Beckerman, whom TikTok hired away from his perch as president and chief executive of the Internet Association earlier this year to lead its Washington office. “TikTok is led by an American C.E.O., with hundreds of employees and key leaders across safety, security, product, and public policy in the U.S.”
ANNALS OF CAMPAIGN FINANCE: “Despite a heavy emphasis during the Democratic presidential primaries on the transparency of donors and limits on the influence of wealthy donors, the groups now working to help [Joe] Biden in November are accepting money from nonprofits that do not [disclose] their donors, often referred to as ‘dark money’ groups,” The Washington Post’s Michelle Ye Hee Lee and Anu Narayanswamy reports. “A key example reflected in new filings was the Sixteen Thirty Fund’s $5.7 million donation in June, which made up the bulk of the $5.9 million raised by Victory 2020, a joint fundraising committee between two pro-Biden super PACs American Bridge and Unite the Country.”
— “Of the $5.9 million raised in the second quarter, $3.6 million went to Unite the Country and $2.3 million went to American Bridge, filings show. The Sixteen Thirty Fund, a Democratic nonprofit financed by undisclosed donors, has become increasingly influential on the left.”
— The Internet Association has hired Omid Ghaffari-Tabrizi as director of cloud policy. He previously worked on the General Services Administration’s technology transformation services team.
— The American Hospital Association has hired Matthew Wright as senior associate director for federal relations and grassroots advocacy. He plans to register as a lobbyist in the role. He was previously advocacy and outreach director for the Children’s Hospital Association.
— Sard Verbinnen & Co has hired Michael Abrahams as a managing director based in New York. He was previously a partner at Finsbury, which is merging with the Glover Park Group and Hering Schuppener.
A Voice for Citizens Alliance (Super PAC)
Amerithrive (Hybrid PAC)
Dollar for Democracy (PAC)
Flagler Trump Club (PAC)
Garifuna Political Action Committee (PAC)
Arent Fox LLP: Association of the German Confectionery Industry
Bell & Lindsay, Inc.: ShiftRx
Bell & Lindsay, Inc.: Vivos Therapeutics, Inc.
Bracewell LLP: Array Technologies, Inc.
Bracewell LLP: Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association
Bracewell LLP: Keller and Heckman LLP on behalf of SunCoke Energy, Inc.
Bracewell LLP: Plug Power, Inc.
Cornerstone Government Affairs, Inc.: Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Cornerstone Government Affairs, Inc.: Pre, LLC
DC Legislative and Regulatory Services, Inc.: National Agricultural Aviation Association
Emmer Consulting, Inc. (formerly known as Emmer Consulting, P.C.): Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI)
Farm Credit Mid-America: Farm Credit Mid-America
K&L Gates LLP: GRIT Energy Services, LLC
K&L Gates LLP: Indian Springs Calistoga
K&L Gates LLP: Inspire Summits LLC d/b/a Skytop Strategies
K&L Gates LLP: NOKA LLC d/b/a NOKA Organics
K&L Gates LLP: Topical Bio Medics Inc.
Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP: United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma
Mercury Public Affairs, LLC: AltaMed Health Services Corporation
NVG, LLC: James Beard Foundation
Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville, P.C.: Guardant Health, Inc.
Steptoe & Johnson LLP: Armour Residential REIT, Inc.
Thierry Mouanza Dongala: Sextons Creek (on Behalf of Indiana Wesleyan University)
Urban Swirski & Associates, LLC: Generosity Commission
Vitello Consulting: Carrollton Regional Medical Center
Wildhorse Consulting: Vasa Park
Akerman LLP: Duckwater Shoshone Tribe Akerman LLP: Vidler Water Company
Akerman LLP: Ysleta del Sur Pueblo
American Continental Group: Colorado Springs Chamber & Economic Development Corporation
BGR Government Affairs: Lifecare Hospitals
BGR Government Affairs: One Concern, Inc.
BGR Government Affairs: Partnership for Open Skies
BGR Government Affairs: Thaksin Shinawatra
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC: Youngquist Brothers Family Holdings
Communities In Schools, Inc.: Communities In Schools
Covington & Burling LLP: Erisa Industry Committee
Covington & Burling LLP: PricewaterhouseCooper LLP
Davis & Harman LLP: CME Group
Greenberg Traurig, LLP: Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Greenberg Traurig, LLP: The Pokemon Company International, Inc.
Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C.: Carle Health Care, Inc., d/b/a Carle Physician Group
Holland & Knight LLP: Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation
J.A. Green and Company (formerly LLC): Color Image Apparel, Inc.
Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP: ToCAD America Inc.
Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas, Inc.: Twitter Inc
National Group, LLP: Lumetrics, Inc.
National Group, LLP: McHenry County, Illinois
National Group, LLP: Research Support Instruments
Porter Group LLC: BT South LLC
Porter Group LLC: Nevada Institute For Autonomous Systems
Porter Group LLC: Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation
Porter Group LLC: Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority
Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville, P.C.: Autry Museum of the American West
Public Strategies Impact, LLC: American Bridal and Prom Industry Association
Shelter Rock Strategies, LLC: First Hartford Corp.
Smith Dawson & Andrews: City of Aiken
Strategic Marketing Innovations: Fairbanks Morse Strategic Marketing Innovations: Odyne Systems
The Conafay Group, LLC: Phlow Corporation
The Livingston Group, LLC: Sasol Chemicals (USA) LLC
The Livingston Group, LLC: Waterways Council Inc
The McManus Group: Allergan Inc
The Washington Tax & Public Policy Group (formerly The Washington Tax Group): Coalition Of Services Industries Inc
Urban Swirski & Associates, LLC: Council of Michigan Foundations
Wildhorse Consulting: GS Equity Resources II, Inc