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• BUDGET. Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill., has contracted with McAllister & Quinn for some budget help. The firm will be lobbying on “funding opportunities” for the university, according to lobbying disclosure records. John McAllister, a former legislative director for ex-Rep. Bud Shuster (R-Pa.), and Emily Hayden, once a legislative assistant for former Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-Ind.), are registered to lobby for the school. 

• ENERGY. JM Burkman & Associates has been on a tear lately, signing up several new clients, including Encore Mining, a mining research company based in Yorba Linda, Calif. Jack Burkman will be working the account and lobbying on “issues involving mining and mining research.” The firm has registered to lobby for about two dozen clients so far this year. 

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• FINANCIAL SERVICES. The Raben Group is looking to help out financial planners. The firm has been hired by the Financial Planning Association to advocate for “fiduciary standards of care, independent adviser oversight and tax and retirement savings that would benefit consumers and the financial planners who serve them.

• HEALTHCARE. Hogan Lovells will be advocating for a new cancer treatment. Vical Inc., a San Diego, Calif., pharmaceutical manufacturer, has hired the firm to lobby on “FDA approval of a new cancer therapy.” Charles Clapton, once chief health counsel for the House Ways and Means Committee and health policy director for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, will be lobbying for the company. 

• Former Rep. John Doolittle (R-Calif.), of John T. Doolittle LLC, has signed up with VEH Solutions, a New York company that provides virtual education and healthcare. Doolittle will be lobbying on a “national mental health pilot program for delivery of mental health services to students (pre-school-high school) enrolled in schools.” Doolittle lobbied for the North State Building Industry Association last quarter and was also hired by the Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange last month. 

• IMMIGRATION. Another day brings another client looking to track immigration reform on Capitol Hill. The Chesapeake Bay Seafood Industry Association, based in Cambridge, Md., has taken on Atlantic Strategies Group to “support the continuation of the H-2B program, certain federal labor regulations regarding foreign workers.” Jennifer Dionne is lobbying for the trade group. 


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