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EDUCATION. The Ingram Group has contracted with Communities In Schools Inc. to lobby “issues related to education policy,” according to lobbying disclosure records. Tom Ingram, former chief of staff to Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), and Sam Reed, once a staff attorney to Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), are lobbying for the company.

ENERGY. A former chief of staff to then-Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is getting into the natural gas export fight. Now at ML Strategies, David Leiter has been hired by Sempra International to lobby on “issues pertaining to liquid natural gas exports.” Also on the account are Sarah Litke and Jordan Collins.

IMMIGRATION. Immigration reform is a thriving niche on K Street despite the impasse in Congress. NILC Immigrant Justice Fund, based in Los Angeles, has hired NVG to lobby on the issue. Irene Bueno, a former senior Clinton White House aide; Andrea LaRue, once counsel to former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.); and Jane Loewenson, a former senior health policy adviser to Daschle are lobbying for the group.

 SCIENCE. Podesta Group has turned lobbying into a science. The International Society for Photo-Optical Instrumentation in Bellingham, Wash., has hired the firm to promote “the efforts of the National Photonics Initiative, a collaborative alliance seeking to raise awareness of photonics and drive US funding and investment in photonics-driven fields critical to US competitiveness and national security.” Josh Holly, once the House Armed Services Committee communications director, and Oscar Ramirez, a former special assistant to ex-Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, are some of the lobbyists on the account. 

TECHNOLOGY. Microsoft is getting some antitrust help from Bloom Strategic Counsel. The tech giant will be represented by Seth Bloom, who will be lobbying on “antitrust and competition issues affecting the computer software and high technology industries” as well as matters pertaining to intellectual property, patents and immigration reform.