By The Hill Staff - 09/30/13 11:10 PM EDT
• DEFENSE. The engineering and construction giant Fluor Corp. has added lobbying help for dealing with the Pentagon. The company has hired American Defense International Inc. to help set up “meetings with officials regarding small power plant issues,” according to lobbying disclosure records. Michael Herson, a former senior Defense Department official, and Dave Myers, once a legislative assistant to ex-Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.), are on the account.
• ENERGY. The war over President Obama’s climate change rules has come to K Street. SunCoke Energy, based in Lisle, Ill., has hired K&L Gates to lobby on “restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental restrictions pertaining to coal.” Cliff Rothenstein, a former Senate Environment and Public Works Committee professional staff member, and Mary Baker, once an IRS official, are lobbying for the coal producer.
•HEALTHCARE. Former Rep. Nancy Johnson (R-Conn.) is among the lobbyists at Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz who are working for the Generic Pharmaceutical Association on patent settlements and other issues. Sara Love Rawlings, a former Senate Appropriations Committee aide, and Lance Leggitt, once a senior aide to President George W. Bush, are also working the account.
•IMMIGRATION. Immigration reform still has legs in the influence industry. Podesta Group has contracted with the IT Coalition of Small & Medium Organizations to lobby on immigration reform issues affecting small and medium companies. Sean McLaughlin, once chief of staff and general counsel for the House Judiciary Committee; Timothy Glassco, who worked congressional relations for President Obama’s inaugural committee; and Cristina Antelo, once a Senate Democratic Steering Committee legal fellow, are representing the coalition.