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• The American Sheep Industry Association has hired Cornerstone Government Affairs to lobby on several issues, including the farm bill, immigration reform and managing public lands. Jim Richards, once a senior Agriculture Department official, and Thomas Shipman, formerly a majority staff director for the Senate Agriculture Committee, are some of the lobbyists working for the trade group. 

• DEFENSE. Canon is known for its cameras, but the company also sees business at the Pentagon. American Defense International has been hired by the company to help set up meetings with officials to talk about “sensor and imaging technologies for defense and homeland security applications.” Van Hipp, former deputy assistant secretary of the Army, and Michael Herson, once a senior Pentagon aide, are some of the lobbyists on the account. 

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• FINANCIAL SERVICES. The Chamber of Commerce has hired one of its former lobbyists. Pete Lawson, now with the Bockorny Group, has registered to lobby for the business group on issues dealing with end-user derivatives. Lawson was once an in-house lobbyist for the Chamber, and he also helped lead the government affairs team at Ford Motor Company. 

• TELECOMMUNICATIONS. A former senior aide to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) is helping out Time Warner Cable. Valerie Nelson, who had directed member services for Cantor, is lobbying at Dentons on “retransmission consent, privacy and broadband deployment” for the cable company. Todd Bertoson, once the Senate Commerce Committee’s staff director, and Megan Delany, a former House Energy and Commerce Committee aide, are also lobbying for Time Warner.