By The Hill Staff - 03/18/13 11:37 PM EDT
• COPYRIGHT. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has signed up another outside lobby firm, Polaris Government Relations, to lobby on “global anti-piracy program and intellectual property protection efforts” and “media violence issues,” according to lobbying disclosure records. Bryan Cunningham, once a policy adviser to ex-Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.), and Daniel Gans, former chief of staff for ex-Rep. Bob Riley (R-Ala.), are lobbying for the video game trade group. ESA also recently hired Elmendorf Ryan.
• ENERGY. Dow Corning Corp. has turned to ML Strategies for some lobbying help. The firm, which employs David Leiter, former Senate chief of staff to now Secretary of State John Kerry, is lobbying on issues related to energy efficiency, trade and advanced manufacturing for the giant in silicon-based products.
Jake Perry + Partners has picked up another client, signing with Nuclear Development LLC. Jake Perry, once a legislative aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), is lobbying on the Tennessee Valley Authority for the company, which helps finances nuclear power plants.
Shockey Scofield Solutions has contracted with an alternative energy company. The firm — which includes lobbyists Jeff Shockey, once a House Appropriations Committee staff director, and John Scofield, a former communications director for the same panel — are lobbying for AREVA, based in Bethesda, Md., on “legislative appropriations for the MOX Project.”
• FOOD. The Smith-Free Group has been hired by electronic cigarette provider Ballantyne Brands to lobby on “issues involved in implementation of P.L. 111-31,” otherwise known as the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. Jon Deuser, former chief of staff for ex-Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.), is lobbying for the Charlotte-based company.
• HEALTHCARE. Peck Madigan Jones has contracted with AbbVie Inc. to lobby on a slew of issues, including the healthcare reform law, corporate tax reform and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Lobbyists on the account include John Michael Gonzalez, once chief of staff for ex-Rep. Melissa Bean (D-Ill.), and Andrew McKechnie, former health policy adviser to the Senate Finance Committee. Abbvie, a biopharmaceutical spinoff from Abbott Laboratories, has picked up five outside lobby firms this year alone.