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• BUDGET. Political science professors are getting lobbying help from a former congresswoman. Barbara Kennelly Associates, headed up by former Rep. Barbara Kennelly (D-Conn.), has been hired by the American Political Science Association to lobby on “[fiscal] 2014 Appropriations for State, Justice, Commerce — to eliminate restrictions on political science funding through the National Science Foundation,” according to lobbying disclosure records.

• FINANCIAL SERVICES. One of the Big Three credit rating agencies has hired up on K Street. Standard and Poor’s Financial Services has contracted with Sternhell Group, run by Alexander Sternhell, to lobby on “issues related to credit rating agencies.” The company last month also hired Daly Consulting Group to lobby.

• HEALTHCARE. A former lawmaker is lobbying for Healiance Pharmaceuticals. Delahunt Group, led by former Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-Mass.), is representing the Chatham, N.J.-based company on “innovative diabetes treatment.”

• TAX. EBay Inc. has added lobbying firepower for the battle against online sales tax legislation. Emmer Consulting has been hired to lobby for the Internet auction company on the “Marketplace Fairness Act, S. 743 and H.R. 684 and related issues impacting small businesses.” David Goodfriend is working the account. EBay has also hired Three Bridges Advisors and FTI Government Affairs to lobby this year.
Wal-Mart has deepened its Washington footprint with the hire of Hannegan Landau Poersch Advocacy. The firm — including Timothy Hannegan, formerly of the then-U.S. General Accounting Office — will be lobbying on “legislative and regulatory matters impacting Wal-Mart, including federal tax legislation.” The retail giant already has some of K Street’s biggest names working on its behalf, including Capitol Counsel and Podesta Group.

• TRANSPORTATION. The union for United Postal Service pilots has signed up a new lobby firm. The Independent Pilots Association has contracted with The Smith-Free Group to lobby on the “H.R. 182 Safe Skies Act of 2013.” Andrew Barbour, a former deputy assistant for congressional affairs at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and Phil Kiko, once staff director and general counsel for the House Administration Committee, are some of the lobbyists on the account. The union parted ways with O’Neill and Associates last month.