• HEALTHCARE. W Strategies is lobbying for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals. Darren Willcox, the firm’s founder and a one-time senior policy adviser to former Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), will be working on the account. The company is advocating for “access to therapies for pediatric patients at risk for RSV,” or respiratory syncytial virus, which affects almost all infants, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The firm will also help the company “[protect] access to Medicare,” disclosure forms say.
• Lester Health Law will be working on Medicare and Medicaid issues for five new clients: the American Ambulance Association, the Council for Quality Respiratory Care, the Kidney Care Council, the Kidney Care Partners and the National Marrow Donor Program. Kathy Lester, the firm’s principal and the lobbyist on each account, is a former Patton Boggs partner. She left the powerhouse K Street firm last year.
• TAXES. The manufacturing company Caterpillar has hired The Duberstein Group to work on tax policy issues. It hired the firm — which boasts high-powered lobbyists including Ken Duberstein, who served as chief of staff to former President Reagan — about a month before a Senate hearing about its overseas tax strategy.
• TECHNOLOGY. Roger A. Mott, a veteran in the telecommunications industry, signed Verizon as a client. He will be addressing wireless spectrum policy and “broadband deployment,” according to lobbying disclosure firms. Mott is intimately familiar with the issues affecting the company, having worked in the government affairs offices of both Verizon and AT&T, and left Verizon last year.
Former Rep. Bob Walker (R-Pa.) will be representing the Zero Gravity Corp. (ZERO G), a “space entertainment and tourism company,” according to disclosure forms. His firm, Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates, will be advocating for the SOARS Act, a bill authored by Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) that would “streamline the process of commercial space launch licensing,” records say.
• DEFENSE. PRASAM will be lobbying for Social Intelligence Corp., a company that “provides social media data, tools, and reports to commercial and government organizations,” on security clearance policies at the Defense Department, according to lobbying disclosure forms.