Lobbying World

• ENERGY. The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity has signed up a new lobby firm. Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck will be lobbying for the coalition on “issues related to coal production,” according to lobbying disclosure records. Elizabeth Gore, once chief of staff to ex-Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.); Marc Lampkin, former general counsel to the House Republican Conference; and Democratic lobbyist Manuel Ortiz are on the account. The coalition parted ways last quarter with K Street’s Podesta Group.

A top renewable energy company has signed up with the former chief of staff to Secretary of State John Kerry. Iberdrola Renewables has hired ML Strategies — including David Leiter, once Kerry’s chief of staff in the Senate — to lobby on “general issues” related to energy and electricity transmission.

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• FINANCIAL SERVICES. The prominent hedge fund Pershing Square Capital Management has hired Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates to lobby on “issues relating to enforcement of consumer protection laws and securities regulations relating to pyramid schemes.” Jack Howard, once deputy assistant to President George W. Bush, and Joel Malina, a former aide to Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), are some of the lobbyists on the account. Pershing also hired the Moffett Group this month. 

• IMMIGRATION. Immigration reform continues to bring business to the influence industry. The Asian American Justice Center has contracted with NVG to lobby on “immigration reform.” Irene Bueno, once a special assistant to President Clinton in the White House Chief of Staff’s Office and the Domestic Policy Council, is representing the group. 

• TECHNOLOGY. Intel has added to its extensive lobbying team. Peck Madigan Jones has signed up with the tech giant to lobby on cybersecurity legislation, spectrum and “intellectual property issues in trade agreements.” Peter Madigan, who served in the Bush/Cheney Transition Team, and Janet Mullins Grissom, a former senior aide to President George H. W. Bush, are among the lobbyists working for the company. Intel has other lobby shops working on its behalf, including Franklin Square Group and Kountoupes | Denham.