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•AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY. General Motors has signed up a well-connected Republican-leaning lobby firm. Shockey Scofield Solutions is lobbying for the auto giant on “auto industry Issues, including sharing information about GM facilities and progress on GM restructuring, and responding to congressional inquiries concerning GM restructuring,” according to lobbying disclosure records. John Scofield, former communications director for the House Appropriations Committee; Mike Ference, once senior policy adviser to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), and Jeff Shockey, former House Appropriations Committee staff director, are lobbying for GM.

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•ENERGY. Thorn Run Partners has contracted with Fluor Corp. to lobby on issues related to government, defense and energy. Jason Rosenstock, once legislative counsel to the late Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), is lobbying for the company.

•TECHNOLOGY. The latest corporate victim of a hacking attack has turned to K Street for help. Neiman Marcus Group has hired Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck to lobby on “data security incident.” Elizabeth Gore, former chief of staff to ex-Sen. Bryon Dorgan (D-N.D.); Marc Lampkin, once general counsel to the House Republican Conference, and Al Mottur, former senior communications counsel for the Senate Commerce Committee are among the lobbyists on the account. Retail giants including Neiman Marcus and Target have had their customers’ personal information stolen by hackers in recent months.

Gregg Hartley has signed up his first client at his new firm, Cloakroom Advisers. The former chief of staff to then-Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) is working on behalf of AT&T on “issues related to spectrum auction and availability. Issues related to reauthorization of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 Issues related to internet tax freedom (HR3086).” William Fox, once a House Transportation Committee legislative assistant, is also on the account. 

•TRANSPORTATION. The American Council of Engineering Companies has hired top K Street firm Van Scoyoc Associates to lobby on “issues and initiatives regarding engineering and design services.” Steven Palmer, a former senior Transportation Department official, and David Haines, once a legislative aide to ex-Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), are lobbying for the trade group.