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Boeing hires GOP aide for lobbying force

Aerospace giant Boeing is adding a veteran lobbyist and Capitol Hill aide from the House Intelligence Committee to its lobbying force in Washington.

Tim Keating, the company’s top lobbyist, sent a letter to Boeing staff announcing that Jeff Shockey has been hired as vice president of federal legislative affairs, taking over for John Shank.

The hire comes after Boeing triumphed in the bitter battle last year over the Export-Import Bank. Despite fierce opposition from conservatives, last year, Congress extended the agency’s charter through September 2019. 

As the nation’s largest exporter, Boeing transactions account for the largest portion of the bank’s loans. The company spent $16.76 million to lobby the federal government in the first nine months of 2015, roughly $40,000 less than its advocacy spending in all of 2014.

"While I am sad to see John go," Keating said in the letter to the Boeing team, "I am confident in our selection of Jeff Shockey for this very important job."

The move represents Shockey's third time heading through the "revolving door" between government and the private sector.

Shockey left his K Street firm, then known as Shockey Scofield Solutions, for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in December 2014, where he served as the staff director for Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.). 

Financial disclosure forms filed with the House show that he earned $1.2 million in the year before his departure from selling his ownership stake in the company, now called S-3 Group. The payout was to be distributed over three years, and the filing says he consulted with the House Ethics Committee about the arrangement.

S-3 Group represents Boeing as a lobbying client, in addition to United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing that focuses on its spacecraft launch services for the government.

Keating notes in his letter that Shockey co-founded and formerly served as a managing partner at S-3 Group, a firm “specializing in representation of key defense contractors.”

During his last time on Capitol Hill, Shockey spent six years as the staff director and deputy staff director for the House Appropriations Committee. 

“In this role, he became well versed in classified Department of Defense and intelligence programs and served as the lead negotiator during several high profile appropriations end games,” Keating said.

Other defense clients of the firm include General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, United Technologies and Innovative Defense Technologies. It also represents Google, T-Mobile, Genentech and Koch Industries. S-3 Group, a small but mighty all-GOP firm, earned $3.95 million in lobbying revenues in 2014.

Shockey also worked former Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.), and as a lobbyist at the now-defunct Copeland Lowery Jacquez Denton & White. The firm's Democrats split from the company in 2006 amid publicity of a Justice Department investigation, which was eventually dropped. The Republican partners then formed Innovative Federal Strategies.

—This story was updated at 11:15 a.m.