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• FINANCIAL SERVICES. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants has contracted with the Smith-Free Group to lobby on implementation of the Dodd-Frank law and tax reform. Andrew Barbour, a former deputy assistant U.S. Trade Representative; and Phil Kiko, once staff director and general counsel for the House Administration Committee, are some of the firm lobbyists working for the trade group. 

Capitol Counsel also will be watching the implementation of the Dodd-Frank law, but for the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. Jeffrey Walter, once deputy staff director for the Joint Economic Committee, is lobbying for the trade group. 

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The investment fund Pershing Square Capital Management has hired Ibarra Strategy Group, founded by Mickey Ibarra, a former senior aide to President Bill Clinton, to lobby on  consumer protection laws and securities regulations. Pershing, which is battling against the nutrition company Herbalife, has also hired The Moffett Group and Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates this year. 


• MEDICAL RESEARCH. An ex-congressman is helping out the Professional Recreation Organization, based in Bellevue, Wash. Former Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-Calif.) of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips will be lobbying on “obesity and equine research.”


• RAILROADS. Jonathan Yarowsky of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale is lobbying for the Association of American Railroads. Yarowsky, who recently came to Wilmer from Patton Boggs, is working on antitrust, rail safety and truck weight safety issues. Neil Potts is also working on the account.