Feehery strikes out on his own

John Feehery, a senior official with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and former spokesman to then-House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), plans to start his own consulting firm. Feehery joined MPAA in early 2005, having spent more than 10 years working for Hastert and former Reps. Bob Michel (R-Ill.) and Tom DeLay (R-Texas). He says he is starting a new firm to have greater flexibility to do advocacy work.