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• BUDGET. Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge’s (R) consulting firm is now representing his state. Ridge Policy Group has contracted with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to provide representation on “a variety of legislative and regulatory matters,” according to lobbying disclosure records. Ridge himself hasn’t registered to lobby for the state but some of his former aides have. 

• RETIREMENT. Rich Feuer Anderson has been hired by State Street Bank and Trust Company, based in Boston, to lobby on “retirement savings issues.” Peter Rich, former counsel for the House Energy and Commerce Committee; Mitchell Feuer, ex-Senate Banking Committee counsel; and John Anderson, once a senior policy adviser to Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) are on the account.
 

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• SPORTS. A prominent Republican-leaning lobby firm is helping one of the country’s hardest-hitting unions: the National Football League Players Association. The players have hired Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock to lobby on antitrust, telecommunications and labor issues. The lobbying team includes Billy Piper, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) former chief of staff; and Kirk Blalock, once a senior aide to President George W. Bush.
 
Nike has hired Ogilvy Government Relations to lobby on trade, tax, health, sports and privacy issues. Dee Buchanan, former chief of staff for the House Republican Conference, and Dean Aguillen, once an adviser to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), are among the lobbyists working for the company.

• TRADE. One of America’s biggest retailers, J.C. Penney Co., has hired a former senior U.S. trade official to watch a major trade deal. David Spooner of Squire Sanders Public Advocacy, once an official at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the Commerce Department, will be lobbying on the Trans-Pacific Partnership for the retailer.
 
• TRANSPORTATION. Construction equipment giant Caterpillar has brought on one of K Street’s legends. BGR Group’s Haley Barbour, the former Mississippi governor and Republican National Committee chairman, has registered to lobby for the Peoria, Ill., company. The firm will “provide counsel and strategic guidance on federal activity regarding infrastructure improvements.” Also on the account is Erskine Wells, a former chief of staff for Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.).