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• DEFENSE. Navigators Global has been hired by Alliant Techsystems to lobby on space-related issues, according to a lobbyist at the firm. Chris Cox, a former senior Bush White House aide, will be lobbying for the company.

 • ENERGY. The Nuclear Energy Institute has hired Raffaniello & Associates to lobby on “nuclear facility depreciation” and “allocation of nuclear facility production tax credits,” according to lobbying disclosure records. Patrick Raffaniello, former chief of staff to ex-Rep. Bill Brewster (D-Okla.), is lobbying for the trade association.

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 Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti has been hired by Exelon, a Chicago-based energy company, to lobby on “energy/climate legislation,” according to lobbying disclosure records. Jamie Brown Hantman, a former senior Bush White House aide, and 

Alex Vogel, former chief counsel to ex-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), are lobbying for the company.

 • ENVIRONMENT. The American Chemistry Council has hired Venable to lobby on “regulation related to vinyl products,” according to lobbying disclosure records.

• FINANCIAL SERVICES. The ATM Industry Association has hired Manatt, Phelps & Phillips to lobby on “implementation of Dodd-Frank with regard to ATM industry; legislation impacting ATM industry,” according to lobbying disclosure records. Elizabeth Mundinger, former senior legislative assistant to then-Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), is lobbying for the trade group.

• HEALTHCARE. Peck, Madigan, Jones & Stewart Inc. has been hired by HealthSpring Inc., a Franklin, Tenn.-based healthcare plan provider, to lobby on the implementation of the new healthcare reform law as well as of Medicare Advantage payment reforms. John Michael Gonzalez, former chief of staff to ex-Rep. Melissa Bean (D-Ill.), and Andrew McKechnie, former policy adviser to the Senate Finance Committee, are lobbying for the company.

• TAX. K&L Gates has been hired by the Washington Research Foundation, a Seattle-based nonprofit group that supports scientific research in the state of Washington, to lobby on section 1605 of the Tax Reform Act of 1986, which is related to tax-exempt status. Michael 

Evans, former tax counsel and legislative director to Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), is lobbying for the group.