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• FOREIGN RELATIONS. The rhinoceros lobby is charging into Washington. Heather Podesta + Partners has signed up with SOS Rhino to “encourage the U.S. Department of State to work with Indonesia to take steps to save the Sumatran rhinos from extinction,” according to lobbying disclosure records. Heather Podesta, once counsel to the late Rep. Bob Matsui (D-Calif.), and Benjamin Klein, former legislative director for ex-Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), are lobbying for the group. 

• INSURANCE. With the Boston Marathon bombing in the news, the Coalition to Insure Against Terrorism has contracted with Arnold & Porter to lobby on “reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act.” Charles Landgraf and Paul Howard, once a legislative assistant to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), are on the account. 

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• NATURAL RESOURCES. A provider of industrial gas has added lobbyists as it looks to free the nation’s helium reserves. C2 Group has been hired by Praxair Inc. to lobby on the Helium Stewardship Act, as well as “monitor developments in tax reform.” Scott Styles, former chief of staff to Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), and D. Patrick Robertson, once deputy chief of staff to Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), are among the lobbyists on the account. The helium legislation, which is scheduled for a vote in the House this week, would keep the federal reserve open and help auction off the gas. 

• TAXES. Hedge funds are looking to K Street for help with their taxes. The Managed Funds Association has hired Hannegan Landau Poersch Advocacy to lobby on “general taxation issues.” Tim Hannegan, formerly of the Government Accountability Office, is one of the lobbyists on the account. The trade group for hedge funds also has lobbying contracts with Patton Boggs and Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock, among others.

EBay has some new lobbyists on call in Washington. The company has hired FTI Government Affairs to work on a slew of issues, including ticket sales, postal reform, intellectual property rights, cybersecurity and online sales tax legislation. The company is lobbying hard this week against the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would let states collect sales taxes on online purchases.