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• COMMUNICATIONS. The GPS Innovation Alliance has hired a former top House Republican aide. Heather McNatt Hennessey LLC, run by McNatt Hennessey, former chief of staff to Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), has contracted with the GPS industry group to lobby on “issues related to GPS spectrum policy and GPS infrastructure,” according to lobbying disclosure records.


• FOOD. Energy drinks are keeping up their lobbying buzz, with Podesta Group signing up with Rockstar Inc. to lobby on “legislation and oversight regarding energy drinks.” Prolific Democratic fundraiser Tony Podesta; Sean McLaughlin, once chief of staff and general counsel to the House Judiciary Committee; and Stephen Northrup, former health policy director to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, are among the many firm lobbyists advocating for the beverage company. 


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• HEALTHCARE. Healthcare provider UnitedHealth Group Inc. has turned to Gephardt Group Government Affairs. Former House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt (Mo.) and his former senior aides, Tom O’Donnell and Andrea King, are lobbying on “Medicare issues” for the company.


• IMMIGRATION. The National Association of Manufacturers has bolstered its lobbying roster, contracting with Capitol Legislative Strategies. At the firm, Jenna Hamilton and Charles Mellody, a former aide for the House Ways and Means Committee, will be lobbying on “immigration issues affecting the nation’s manufacturers” for the trade group.


• TECHNOLOGY. The Internet Association continues its hiring spree, bringing on Franklin Square Group as its newest outside lobby shop. A five-member team at the firm — including former Clinton White House aide Josh Ackil and Matt Tanielian, once counsel to ex-Sen. Bob Torricelli (D-N.J.) — will be lobbying on “privacy, cybersecurity and intellectual property.” 


• TRANSPORTATION. Greenberg Traurig has contracted with TransCore to lobby on “federal tolling policies.” Alan Slomowitz, once chief of staff to ex-Rep. Bob Borski (D-Pa.), and Edward Barron, a former Senate Agriculture Committee chief of staff, are among the firm’s lobbyists working for the company. The Hummelstown, Pa., company specializes in electronic tolling, estimating it has manufactured more than 51 million radio-frequency identification tags and 70,000 readers.