Lobbying world

Lobbying world

• TECHNOLOGY. Booking.com, a division of the Priceline Group, hired its first lobbyists in Washington at the tech advocacy firm Franklin Square. Disclosure forms say the firm will be lobbying on “innovation in the online travel marketplace.” Third-party sites like Booking.com, Priceline, Hotwire and Expedia allow passengers to compare various travel options and compile information from other sources, including official hotel and airline websites. Both Congress and the Trump administration are considering what pricing data, such as baggage fees, need to be disclosed when consumers buy a ticket.

• ENERGY. Blank Rome Government Affairs is working for Uranium Energy, a uranium production company, to “encourage federal officials to support policies that are favorable to the US uranium mining sector.” One of the lobbyists on the account, Joseph McMonigle, served as the chief of staff at the Energy Department during the Bush administration.

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• TRADE. Samsung Electronics added Squire Patton Boggs to its lobbying roster, which includes six other firms working on its behalf. The firm will be handling trade issues facing the company, whose parent company is based in South Korea. Last January, President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL freezes policy barring players from protesting during anthem McConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Petition urges University of Virginia not to hire Marc Short MORE withdrew from negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal that would have facilitated trade between Pacific Rim countries. Samsung’s other firms in Washington are Arnold & Porter, BGR Government Affairs, Bracy Tucker Brown & Valanzano, Greenberg Traurig, Roberti Global and the Podesta Group, a firm that appears to have disbanded following the departure of its founder, Tony Podesta. 

• The Canadian lumber company Kruger has hired Crossroads Strategies amid the simmering trade tensions between American and Canadian lumber producers. The Commerce Department last fall slapped new tariffs on Canada’s softwood lumber imports into the United States, saying those companies flooded the American market with artificially low-priced products. The Canadian government, according to U.S. lumber companies, subsidizes the country’s lumber industry. Canada, in response to the U.S. duties, opened a case with the World Trade Organization. The disclosure forms filed by Crossroads Strategies mention the firm will be working on issues related to “uncoated softwood lumber trade issue. Manufacturing issues related to the industry. General issues regarding renewable energy projects.”