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• FOOD. Hampton Creek has registered its own in-house lobbyist, former Department of Agriculture official Tina May. The food giant Unilever sued the San Francisco-based Hampton Creek, alleging false advertising because the company’s Just Mayo does not contain eggs, a required ingredient in mayonnaise, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Unilever ultimately dropped the suit, and the FDA told Hampton Creek to make changes to its label. According to lobbying forms, the company — which is coming out with more vegan products — is lobbying on “general agriculture-related issues, including beginning farmers, credit, conservation, crop insurance, and FDA-related issues.”

• ENERGY. Two solar energy companies have found help on K Street, with SolarCity and Sunrun hiring the bipartisan firm West Front Strategies. It will be helping the companies navigate the evolving legislative and regulatory landscape around solar power. Lobbyists on the accounts include a former aide to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGun proposal picks up GOP support Children’s health-care bill faces new obstacles Dems see Trump as potential ally on gun reform MORE (R-Ky.), Malloy McDaniels; a former George W. Bush administration official, Ashley Davis; and Cindy Brown, former chief of staff to Rep. Ron KindRon KindDemocratic rep calls on Wisconsin governor to expand Medicaid Congress should prioritize small farmers and taxpayers over Big Ag Why Trump is fighting Canada on softwood lumber and dairy MORE (D-Wis.).

• DRONES. Steven Richardson of Wiley Rein, a former deputy director of the Bureau of Land Management, is lobbying on behalf of Homeowners Against Land Takings. The new group, composed of roughly 70 landowners in New Jersey, opposes a proposed natural gas pipeline. On the federal level, the group is opposing the Aerial Infrastructure Route Survey Act, which would allow companies to substitute aerial surveys for ground ones in some cases.

• TRAVEL. The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) is beefing up its lobbying presence amid a battle with travel booking websites. It recently hired Van Scoyoc Associates and Peck Madigan Jones, bringing its lobbying roster to five firms. It is working to add new regulations for online reservations, fighting against what it calls “deceptive” third-party sites that allegedly scam travelers by providing a worthless reservation or unspecified charges. The Travel Technology Association, which represents many booking sites, has called AH&LA-supported legislation “a solution in search of a problem.”