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SPACE. Former Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), who was the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has registered to lobby for aerospace company Orbital ATK on issues including “Support for Defense Systems, Space Systems, and Flight Systems Groups,” lobbying disclosure forms say. Defense contractor Northrop Grumman made a bid to buy the company for $7.8 billion in cash, and Orbital ATK’s shareholders approved the acquisition last month. The contract with The McKeon Group began immediately before that vote, according to recently filed disclosures. Orbital ATK has recently come under scrutiny from White House officials, according to The Wall Street Journal, for switching to a French supplier for a chemical that is needed for powering missiles. The company had been paying more to buy the chemical from a U.S. company, so the change was made to cut costs. But using a foreign supplier could run afoul of the Trump administration’s “buy American” goals.


LOCAL. Legal Strategies & Consulting, a firm in Sarasota, Fla., registered three new clients: one municipality and two distilleries. For Sarasota County, lobbyist William Steube will be talking with federal officials about local funding projects and all items related to county government and transportation issues. For Siesta Key Rum Distillery and St. Augustine Distillery, Steube worked on the push to enact excise taxes for liquor distillers — an effort that was ultimately successful, as the provision was included in the tax legislation that President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichael Cohen: I pray Michelle Obama's words will unite country again Michelle Obama: ‘I stopped even trying to smile’ during Trump’s inauguration Trump wants to end federal relief money for Puerto Rico: report MORE signed into law last month.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS. Miller & Chevalier retroactively registered as a foreign agent for the government of Namibia. Specifically, the global law firm worked for the country’s Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and SME (small and medium enterprises) Development on matters including monitoring “USA-Africa trade related activities and advised and assisted the Foreign Principal in the enhancement of trade and commercial relationships between Namibia and the United States, especially on matters relating to the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).” The contract says the firm worked for the government between April 13 and April 30 in 2015 and was paid a fixed fee of $25,000.