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• EDUCATION. The University of New Mexico has signed up one of K Street’s appropriations masters. Van Scoyoc Associates is lobbying for the Albuquerque school on “higher education related issues and initiatives,” according to lobbying disclosure records. Leslee Gilbert, former staff director and counsel to the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, is representing the school.

• FINANCIAL SERVICES. Hedge funds are still watching the Dodd-Frank law. The Alternative Investment Management Association, which represents hedge funds, has hired K&L Gates to lobby on implementation of Title VII of the Wall Street reform law as well as “regulatory issues pertaining to asset managers.” Daniel Crowley, former general counsel to the Office of the Speaker, and Lawrence Patent, once a senior official at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, are some of the lobbyists working for the trade group. 

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• HEALTHCARE. A former chief of staff for the late Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) is lobbying for more autism research and treatment. Safe Minds, based in Huntington Beach, Calif., has hired Ikon Public Affairs — helmed by Craig Snyder, once Specter’s top aide — to lobby on the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act. 

Kimbell & Associates, on behalf of the medical device manufacturer HeartWare, has hired Forbes-Tate to lobby on “issues related to medical device approval processes.” Jeff Forbes, once staff director for the Senate Finance Committee, and Libby Greer, former chief of staff to ex-Rep. Allen Boyd (D-Fla.), are some of the lobbyists on the account.

• TAX. Koch Industries is looking for some tax reform help. The energy behemoth — run by the influential conservative donors Charles and David Koch — has contracted Capitol Counsel to “monitor issues related to tax reform.” Former Rep. Jim McCrery (R-La.) and Dena Battle, once legislative director to Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), are representing Koch. 

• TECHNOLOGY. Comcast has brought on an antitrust specialist as it seeks approval of its merger with Time Warner Cable. Bloom Strategic Counsel’s Seth Bloom, former general counsel for the Senate Antitrust subcommittee, is lobbying for the cable giant on “Competition issues involving cable and Internet service industries; telecommunications issues affecting cable and Internet service industries.” Comcast has one of the biggest lobbying forces in Washington, with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, DLA Piper, Holland & Knight and Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates as just a few of the firms on its payroll.

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