By The Hill Staff - 05/02/06 12:00 AM EDT
• TELECOMMUNICATIONS. Fiber-to-the-Home Council has hired Kelley Drye & Warren to lobby for a series of telecom bills. The nonprofit organization promotes and educates about the benefits of connecting homes with fiber-optic lines.
• DEFENSE. Olson Engineering, a Colorado-based company that makes instrumentation for use in harsh environments, has hired Stirling Strategic Services, also based in Colorado, to lobby on defense appropriations, Senate records show.
• SENIORS. Paul A. Miller, head of the American League of Lobbyists, is lobbying for the trade group ProtectSeniors.Org, on the Emergency Retiree Health Benefits Protection Act. In addition to Miller, Dave Wenhold and Laura Dennis also are registered to lobby for the group.
• HEALTHCARE. Bracewell & Giuliani is lobbying on behalf of Bionicare Medical Technologies. Former Rep. Jim Chapman (D-Texas) is among the lobbyists working on behalf of the medical-device research and development company. Lisa Jaeger, a former acting general counsel at the Environmental Protection Agency who is now at Bracewell, is also lobbying for Bionicare. The firm is lobbying on Medicare reimbursement issues, according to the registration.
Alston & Bird is lobbying for Health Management Associates, according to Senate records. Thomas Scully, a former administrator for the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, and Jennifer Bell, a former health-policy adviser to the Senate Finance Committee, are lobbying for the hospital company.
• JOB TRAINING. KRA Corp., a job-training and career-development company, has hired Chamworks to lobby on its behalf. The government-relations firm is based in Havertown, Pa. Anthony Cunningham, a former aide to Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), is lobbying for KRA, according to Senate lobbying disclosure records.
• FINANCIAL SERVICES. Investment-banking giant JP Morgan Chase has hired American Continental Group to lobby on banking issues. Shawn Smeallie, who was a lobbyist for the first Bush administration; Peter Terpeluk, a former ambassador to Luxembourg; and Carlyle Thorsen, a former general counsel to Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas), are lobbying on behalf of the company.