Former GOP congressman lobbying for electric cars

Former GOP congressman lobbying for electric cars
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Former Rep. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.) is now lobbying for both an electric car manufacturer and a coal company, new disclosure records show.

Atieva, a Silicon Valley-based electric car startup, and White Stallion Coal are the two newest clients for Hobart Hallaway & Quayle Ventures, a firm Quayle helps run. 

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The former congressman and other lobbyists at the firm are trying to resolve issues related to “electric vehicle financing,” disclosure forms filed on Tuesday say. 

For White Stallion Coal, which the firm is representing through the holding company American Patriot Holdings, the lobbyists are working on coal-permitting issues and energy, environment and infrastructure issues generally.

Hobart Hallaway & Quayle Ventures, formed in late 2015, earned $420,000 through the first three months of this year. It did not respond to a request for more information on the contracts.

The firm's other energy clients include Duke Energy, BWX Technologies, and Babcock & Wilcox. Other clients include Eastman Chemical, the International Fragrance Association, tech company Intellicheck Mobilisa, food processing company AmeriQual Group and the private prison lobby, the Corrections Corporation of America.

Joining Quayle on both of the new contracts are the firm’s other co-founders: lobbyist Rob Hobart and Rashid Hallaway, a former aide to former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) who more recently worked as a vice president of American Patriot Holdings.

Quayle represented Arizona’s 3rd Congressional District from 2011 to 2013, leaving Capitol Hill after losing his seat in 2012 as part of a brutal primary battle against Rep. David SchweikertDavid SchweikertFive obstacles to Trump's infrastructure ambitions The Hill's Whip List: Where Republicans stand on tax-reform bill GOP Senate hopeful Kelli Ward leads challengers in internal poll MORE (R-Ariz.). 

While in Congress, he sat on the House panels concentrating on homeland security, the judiciary and science. He once chaired the House Science Subcommittee on Research and Technology.