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• ENERGY. Former Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s (D-Ark.) new lobby shop, Lincoln Policy Group, is starting out strong.  The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America has hired the firm to lobby on issues important to the natural gas pipeline industry. The ex-senator and Robert Holifield, once staff director for the Senate Agriculture Committee, are on the account. Lincoln Policy Group has also snagged Experian, Wal-Mart and Waterways Council Inc. as clients this year.

• HEALTHCARE. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America has added a former congressman’s lobby firm to its payroll. Ferguson Strategies, founded by ex-Rep. Mike Ferguson (R-N.J.), will be lobbying on the prescription drug user fee program as well as the Affordable Care Act. Chris Jones, Ferguson’s ex-chief of staff, and Adam Higgins, once a legislative assistant to Ferguson, will be working the PhRMA account.

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 • MARITIME. Two former New York lawmakers are lobbying for the environmental group Oceana. The organization has hired Downey McGrath Group, run by ex-Reps. Tom Downey (D-N.Y.) and Ray McGrath (R-N.Y.), to lobby on the SAFE Seafood Act. Along with Downey and McGrath, lobbyists Sloan Rappoport and Lora Diane Snyder will be representing Oceana in Washington.

• SMALL BUSINESS. The Handmade Cosmetic Alliance, from Broadview Heights, Ohio, has hired Walsh Capitol Consulting to lobby on “federal legislation, policy and regulations affecting small cosmetic manufacturers and emerging businesses,” according to lobbying disclosure records. Mary Anne Walsh, once chief of staff to Reps. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) and Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), will be lobbying for the group.

• TRANSPORTATION. Delta Air Lines Inc. has added to its extensive lobbying roster. The airline giant recently signed up Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, with former Patton Boggs star Jonathan Yarowsky on the account, to lobby on “antitrust.” The Justice Department has sued this year to block two of Delta’s biggest competitors, American Airlines and US Airways, from merging. K Street firms Elmendorf Ryan, Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock and Hogan Lovells also lobby for Delta.