Lobbying World

• ENERGY. Blank Rome Government Relations has been hired by the Gas Technology Institute to lobby on “issues related to natural gas and biodigesters,” according to lobbying disclosure records. Ashley Davis, former special assistant to Tom Ridge when he was director of Homeland Security, is lobbying for the institute. 

• HOMELAND SECURITY. Shockey Scofield Solutions has been hired by Luminex Corp. to lobby on “funding for the biosurveillance programs in the FY13 Homeland Security appropriations bills,” according to lobbying disclosure records. John Scofield, former communications director for the House Appropriations Committee, and Jeff Shickey, once staff director for the House Appropriations Committee, are lobbying for the company.

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• MARITIME. The JBH Group has been hired by the American Albacore Fishing Association to lobby on “U.S.-Canada Albacore Treaty,” according to lobbying disclosure records. Jamie Hantman, a former senior aide in President George W. Bush’s White House, is lobbying for the trade group.

• TAX. Capitol Counsel has been hired by Aquatherm Industries Inc., a manufacturer of solar swimming pool heaters, to lobby on “issues relating to investment tax credit for solar panels,” according to lobbying disclosure records. Former Rep. Jim McCrery (R-La.) and Drew Goesl, former chief of staff to Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.), are lobbying for the company.

• TRADE. McDermott Will & Emery has been hired by the Motion Picture Association of America to lobby on “advocacy on behalf of MPAA before the Office of the United States Trade Representative, Department of Commerce, Department of State, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the United States Congress regarding market access disputes in Southeast Asia and the Middle East and the customs valuation of digital carrier media,” according to lobbying disclosure records. Jay Eizenstat, a former director of customs affairs at the Office of U.S. Trade Representative, is lobbying for the trade group.

• TRANSPORTATION. Washington2 Advocates has been hired by the Keep Spokane Moving Coalition to lobby on the “U.S. 395 North Spokane Corridor project,” according to lobbying disclosure records. J. Vander Stoep, former chief of staff to ex-Sen. Slade Gorton (R-Wash.), and Jeff Bjornstad, former chief of staff to Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), are lobbying for the coalition.