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• TRANSPORTATION. Patton Boggs has been hired by the Affordable Commuting Coalition, a transportation partnership, to lobby on “issues related to competitive contracting for private transit services.” Former Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and former Transportation Department Secretary Rodney Slater are lobbying for the group. 

 • FINANCE. Van Scoyoc Associates has been hired by JH Capital Group to lobby on “financial services-related issues and initiatives.” H. Stewart Van Scoyoc, the president and chief executive officer of the firm, is one of the lobbyists on the account.


• HEALTH. Podesta Group has been hired by ViroPharma Inc. to lobby on “FDA issues [and] Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement,” according to disclosure records. Stephen Northrup, former health policy director of the Senate HELP Committee, and Thomas Sparkman, a former HELP Committee intern, are lobbying for the company. 

 • TAX. John McKechnie LLC has been hired by the Defense Credit Union Council to lobby on “credit union field of membership, mortgage lending, consumer legislation, credit union tax exemption [and] debit card interchange,” according to disclosure records. John McKechnie, a former director of public and congressional affairs for the National Credit Union Administration, is the sole lobbyist on the account.

• ENGINEERING. Kountoupes Consulting has been hired by Uranium One Inc. to lobby on “issues related to uranium mining and the uranium market.” Uranium One is more than half-owned by Atomredmetzoloto of Moscow. Lisa Kountoupes, former policy adviser to the chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Shawn Whitman, a former chief of staff to Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoThe law to protect endangered species in America is working Republican bill aims to deter NATO members from using Russian pipeline Overnight Energy: Fewer than half of school districts test for lead | Dems slam proposed changes to Endangered Species Act | FEMA avoids climate change when discussing plan for future storms MORE (R-Wyo.), are working on the account.

•  BANKING. Franklin Square Group is lobbying for Square Inc., a mobile payments technology firm, on “mobile payments legislation and regulations, privacy,” according to Senate records. Matthew Tanielian, a former counsel to ex-Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-N.J.), and Joshua Ackil, a former special assistant to President Clinton, are lobbying for the company.