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PUERTO RICO. The law and lobby firm Foley & Lardner filed its registration paperwork for its work on behalf of Whitefish Energy, the two-person Montana company that won a controversial contract to help bring power back to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. Last month, Politico reported that former Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-Calif.), who is now with Foley & Lardner, would be taking meetings on Capitol Hill to press the case the company deserved to receive the contract, which has since been canceled. Lawmakers were calling for an investigation into how the contract was awarded. Newly filed disclosures show that former Republican Rep. Scott Klug (Wis.) and three other lobbyists are working on the account.

IMMIGRATION. In the past two weeks there have been several hires where clients are seeking a fix for young people who were brought illegally to the United States as children. Congress is being pressed to act on the issue following the Trump administration’s decision to discontinue an Obama-era program that protects these young immigrants from deportation and allows them to apply for work permits. Mercury is lobbying for Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, while the immigration reform group America’s Voice has hired both the large law and lobby firm Squire Patton Boggs and the boutique K Street firm Chamber Hill Strategies.

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FINANCIAL SERVICES. Yodlee, a financial data aggregator and technology company, hired Allon Advocacy to work on issues relating to consumer financial data, credit reporting, cybersecurity and government rules about fiduciary standards. The company is one of Allon Advocacy’s first lobbying clients. The firm has also signed Freedom Financial Network, which offers loans and mortgages, in addition to debt settlement services.

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS. Tere International is working for the Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy to raise “awareness among the U.S. general public about issues in daily life in Palestine.” The forms say the firm intends to run an online public affairs effort around the issue and is not anticipating that it will lobby any government officials.