By The Hill Staff - 11/18/13 07:00 PM EST
• ENERGY. Blank Rome Government Relations has contracted with the Gas Processors Association. The firm will lobby on behalf of the trade group on “issues relating to the natural gas industry,” according to lobbying disclosure records. Ashley Davis, former special assistant to ex-Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge; Malloy McDaniel, a former policy adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.); and C.J. Zane, ex-chief of staff for Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), are on the account.
• ENVIRONMENT. Camp Ozark in Mount Ida, Ark., has hired Hargraves Consulting to lobby on “environmental issues.” Lucas Hargraves and Amanda Story are on the account for the camp.
The pharmaceutical company Eisai Inc. has turned to a former top House Democratic aide for lobbying help. Now at Forbes-Tate, Libby Greer, once chief of staff to ex-Rep. Allen Boyd (D-Fla.), will lobby for the company on the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2013 as well as the DEA scheduling of pharmaceuticals.
• LABOR. A former Republican senator from Minnesota has lobbied for legislation to ban workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Norm Coleman of Hogan Lovells signed up for American Unity Fund, a conservative group that advances gay rights, to lobby for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which passed the Senate earlier this month.
• TRADE. A Quebec food and beverage company is making its voice heard stateside. Lassonde Industries Inc. has hired Squire Sanders Public Advocacy for “advocacy in support of passage of the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill and with respect to U.S.-Canada issues.” David Spooner, once a senior Commerce Department official, and Brian Woolfolk, former minority counsel for the House Judiciary Committee, are lobbying for the company.