‘No labels’ registers to lobby

The partisan-busting organization No Labels has registered its first lobbyist in Washington.

The group’s deputy director, Margaret Kimbrell, will be contacting federal officials about the “politics of problem-solving; issues relating to rules, procedures and traditions impeding effective and efficient Congressional action” and “government waste,” according to a new Lobbying Disclosure Act form.

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Kimbrell, who works to forge relationships outside at the group, has mainly worked behind the scenes up to now. Before joining No Labels, she worked for the organization’s co-founder, former Democratic fundraiser Nancy Jacobson, at her consulting firm.

No Labels was launched at the end of 2010 and aims to band together Democrats, Republicans, independents “and everything in between” to solve policy problems in Washington.

In January, the group announced that former Republican Gov. Jon Huntsman (Utah) and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) would lead their efforts at fostering bipartisanship. In Congress, the group says it has more than 70 members who have vowed to “meet regularly in 2013 to build trust across the aisle.”

No Labels secured its first legislative victory when the Senate passed the “No Budget, No Pay” bill in January, requiring lawmakers in each chamber to pass a budget this year or risk not receiving their paycheck — an idea the group had championed in 2012.

“While the measure differed slightly from No Labels' original plan, the fundamental concept remained the same: if Congress cannot pass a budget, members will not be paid,” the group says on its website.