By The Hill Staff - 07/21/14 06:38 PM EDT
GUNS. SIG Sauer, one of the largest firearms manufacturers in the world, has signed up with its second outside lobby firm, Commonwealth Consulting Corp. Disclosure forms say lobbyists will be working on issues related to “International Trafficking of Arms Regulations." The company, based in Germany, is under fire from its home country for exporting guns to its U.S. subsidiary in New Hampshire, which allegedly sold those firearms to the Colombian military — a no-no in Germany without authorization. The company says that, once the guns hit American soil, Washington is responsible, and denied any wrongdoing. SIG Sauer is also in the midst of suing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
ENVIRONMENT. Two entities are lobbying up to revive advocacy on the revamp of the Toxic Substances Control Act, which governs how the Environmental Protection Agency regulates certain toxic substances. The International Fragrance Association North America hired McBee Strategic Consulting, and Dow Chemical Co. hired Pareto Policy Solutions. Advocates say the outdated rules are in need of an update, and legislation to do so was a priority of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.). Attempts to move it through the Senate have stalled since his death last summer.
FINANCIAL SERVICES. Ally Financial has signed with Capitol Hill Strategies, complete with a roster of lobbyists that includes a former senior legislative aide to Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), to work on “legislative proposals regarding Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and property and casualty insurance products.” Late last year, the holding company paid the financial regulator and the Justice Department $98 million to settle allegations it charged minority borrowers more for auto loans than white customers. Ally, one of the largest auto lenders in the country, disagreed with the findings and said it did not discriminate against certain consumers.
PUBLIC HEALTH. Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies is attempting to get federal dollars for its new client, the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic. The nonprofit is looking for financial help with a “tobacco prevention and cessation program in Delaware,” according to disclosure forms. On the American Lung Association website, it says the state is “failing to adequately fund proven” programs to help people quit smoking.