Lobby firm brings on Obama aide

Monument Policy Group, a prominent lobby shop, has added a senior Obama administration official to its K Street team.

Katharine Lister, formerly deputy chief of staff at the Commerce Department, joined the firm on Tuesday. Lister also has Capitol Hill experience, having served as chief of staff to Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), and spent time on the campaign trail as political director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s independent expenditure program.

“We are delighted that Katharine has chosen to bring her skills to Monument. Katharine is a recognized leader who is known for bridging the policy, political and communications aspects of Washington,” said Stewart Verdery, partner and founder of Monument, in a statement. “Her experience as a creative strategist working both in the Obama administration and as a Senate chief of staff, will be a tremendous asset to the firm and our diverse client roster.”

Lister said, “Monument brings real teamwork and creativity to their work for their clients and it shows in the real results they deliver. I’m pleased to become a part of this high energy team.”

Lister follows another recent hire by the firm. Last month, Monument took on John Mulligan, a former chief of staff and legislative director to Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) who lobbied for BrightSource Energy, to lead its Washington state office.

The firm had been on the lookout to hire Democrats after Tim Punke, once chief international trade counsel under Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), left Monument earlier this year to join Plum Creek Timber Co.

Monument represents some prime clients such as Boeing, Microsoft and the U.S. Olympic Committee. The firm has made more than $2.9 million in lobbying fees so far this year, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

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