By The Hill Staff - 04/30/13 11:20 PM EDT
• BUDGET. A former aide to President Obama at the Campbell Spencer Group is now lobbying for the Fix the Debt coalition. Campbell Spencer, once the Midwest political director for the Obama White House, has signed up to lobby for the group on “bipartisan support for legislation that will reduce the national debt,” according to lobbying disclosure records. Spencer joins a long lobbying roster for Fix the Debt that includes its own in-house lobbying team, Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford and Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti.
• DEFENSE. General Electric Co. has added to its sizable lobbying team by hiring The Ringo Group. The firm will be lobbying on “R&D and procurement of aircraft engine services and products,” with Durwood W. “Skip” Ringo, once a Senate Armed Services Committee staff member, working the account. GE has several lobby shops working on its behalf, including Capitol Tax Partners and Elmendorf | Ryan.
• ENERGY. A former member of Congress is helping out an energy trade group. The Geothermal Energy Association has contracted with King & Spalding to lobby on “renewable tax policy matters, including the extension of Section 1603 and the Production Tax Credit.” Former Rep. Michael Andrews (D-Texas) will be on the account.
• TRANSPORTATION. US Airways has signed up with one of Washington’s newest lobby firms. SBL Strategies is lobbying for the major airline on “airline and FAA policy.” Jeff Loveng, once chief of staff for Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), and Chad Bradley, former deputy chief of staff to Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), are on the account. SBL has registered to lobby for more than a dozen clients so far, including the Association of American Railroads and Exelon.