By The Hill Staff - 09/26/11 11:32 PM EDT
• EDUCATION. Barnes & Thornburg has been hired by Harrison College in Indianapolis to lobby on “all provisions related to congressionally directed spending; federal policy related to career colleges, including Pell Grant funding; and the promulgation of rules by the Department of Education, including the gainful employment rule,” according to lobbying disclosure records.
• ENERGY. Cassidy & Associates Inc. has been hired by Clean Line Energy Partners, a Houston-based interstate electric transmission company, to lobby on “high voltage interstate electric transmission issues,” according to lobbying disclosure records.
Gephardt Group Government Affairs has been hired by Prairie State Generating Co., a Marissa, Ill., electric generation project, to lobby on “EPA regulations,” according to lobbying disclosure records. Former House Democratic leader Dick Gephardt of Missouri and Kyle Mulhall, a former senior policy adviser to Gephardt, are lobbying for the company.
• HEALTHCARE. The Podesta Group has been hired by The National Hispanic Council on Aging to lobby on “Medicare, Medicaid, Older Americans Act,” according to lobbying disclosure records. Oscar Ramirez, formerly a special assistant to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, and Andrew Kauders, a former senior adviser to Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), are lobbying for the company.
BGR Government Affairs has been hired by LifeCare Hospitals, a long-term acute care company in Plano, Texas, to “provide guidance and strategic counsel regarding potential legislation and regulations impacting the LTACH industry,” according to lobbying disclosure records. Bob Wood, former chief of staff to former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson, and Charles Jefferson, once chief of staff to Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), are lobbying for the company.
• TRANSPORTATION. Clark & Weinstock, on behalf of Hyundai Motor Co., has hired Missy Edwards Strategies to provide “general advocacy efforts as it relates to the automotive and transportation sectors. Issues will include trade, environmental, manufacturing, foreign affairs and labor relations,” according to lobbying disclosure records. Missy Edwards, a former legislative assistant to Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), is lobbying for the car company.
Raytheon Co. has hired Holland & Knight to lobby on “Air Traffic Control Optimum Training Solution (ATCOTS); TSA Screening; NextGen; STARS,” according to lobbying disclosure records. David Whitestone, a former legislative aide to Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.), is lobbying for the company.