• DEFENSE. ADS Ventures Inc. has been hired by First Spear, a Fenton, Mo.-based provider of tactical military and law enforcement equipment, to provide “a company and product overview for members and staff,” according to lobbying disclosure records. Alissa Southworth, once press secretary for Sen. Susan CollinsSusan CollinsOvernight Healthcare: Trump reinstates ban on US funds for overseas abortions GOP senators: Give states the option of keeping ObamaCare GOP senators to introduce ObamaCare replacement plan MORE (R-Maine), is lobbying for the company.
Citadel Investment Group has hired the Delta Strategy Group to “monitor derivatives legislation and regulations,” according to lobbying disclosure records. Graham Harper, once a legislative aide to the Senate Agriculture Committee, and James Newsome, former chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, are lobbying for the company.
• HEALTHCARE. Allergan, the global pharmaceutical company based in Irvine, Calif., has hired Trimpa Group to lobby on “bariatric surgery around healthcare implementation,” according to lobbying disclosure records. Ted Trimpa, a former legislative aide to ex-Sen. Nancy Kassebaum (R-Kan.), is lobbying for the company.
• MARITIME. Maersk Inc., the maritime transportation company, has hired Turner Pollard Strategies to lobby on the Jones Act, the Maritime Security Program and the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, among several other issues, including “the protection of U.S. merchant ships from piracy,” according to lobbying disclosure records. John Pollard, once on the staff of former Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) and the House Armed Services Committee, is lobbying for the company.