By The Hill staff - 03/14/16 07:34 PM EDT
• 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 McConnellMitch McConnellDems gain upper hand on budget Overnight Finance: Senate rejects funding bill as shutdown looms | Labor Dept. to probe Wells Fargo | Fed to ease stress test rules for small banks Overnight Energy: Judges scrutinize Obama climate rule 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 KindHouse Democrat expects support to grow for Pacific trade deal Hatch: TPP deal can get done in lame-duck session Facing the future on trade: Democrats must reject anti-trade obstructionism MORE (D-Wis.).
• 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.”