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• DEFENSE. The Grossman Group has been hired by MD Helicopters Inc., a Mesa, Ariz.-based helicopter manufacturer, to lobby on “issues affecting U.S. and foreign military procurement of helicopters,” according to lobbying disclosure records. Lawrence Grossman, a former professional staff member for the House Armed Services Committee, and Christopher Bradish, once legislative director for ex-Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), are lobbying for the company.

• ENERGY. Chambers, Conlon & Hartwell has been hired by Western Plains Energy, an Oakley, Kan.-based renewed biofuel producer, to provide “development of strategies for renewable energy deployment and the promotion of energy savings tactics to governments and consumers,” according to lobbying disclosure records. Adam Nordstrom, former staff assistant for then-Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), is lobbying for the company.

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• ENVIRONMENT. Grant Park Strategies has been hired by Friends of the Columbia Gorge, a Portland, Ore., environmental group, for “advocating for federal policy to protect and enhance the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area,” according to lobbying disclosure records. Joshua Kardon, former chief of staff for Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), is lobbying for the group.

BGR Group has been hired by U.S. Green Building Council to “provide guidance and strategic counsel on potential green building legislation or regulations,” according to lobbying disclosure records. Jennifer Larkin Lukawski, once legislative director to former Rep. Robert Dornan (R-Calif.), and Erskine Wells, former chief of staff to Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.), are lobbying for the company.

• HOMELAND SECURITY. Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti Inc. has been hired by Rapid7 Inc., a Boston-based cybersecurity risk assessment firm, to lobby on “S. 2105, Cybersecurity Act of 2012 H.R. 4263 and S. 2151, Secure It Act H.R. 3523, Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act,” according to lobbying disclosure records. Kelly Bingel, former chief of staff to ex-Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), and David Castagnetti, former chief of staff to Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), are lobbying for the company.

• TELECOMMUNICATIONS. Franklin Square Group has been hired by 

Cablevision to lobby on “retransmission, spectrum, cybersecurity, privacy, intellectual property,” according to lobbying disclosure records. Matt Tanielian, once counsel to ex-Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-N.J.), and Josh Ackil, a former senior Clinton White House aide, are lobbying for the company.