•TECHNOLOGY. Heather Podesta + Partners signed Fitbit recently, adding to the firm’s growing list of Silicon Valley clients. According to disclosure forms, Podesta has been working for Fitbit since last month and is holding meetings to “educate lawmakers regarding health and fitness devices.” Podesta added another up-an-coming tech client this year in the photo-messaging app Snapchat.

The Intelligent Car Coalition, a group composed of tech and telecommunications companies that launched last year, has registered a lobbyist to connect with Capitol Hill. Catherine McCullough, the executive director for the coalition, is now the coalition’s official lobbyist. Founded by several blue-chip companies — including AT&T, Verizon and Intel — the group will be talking with lawmakers about “connected car technology, innovation, data use and data privacy, distracted driving, spectrum,” according to forms. McCullough is a former counsel to the Senate Commerce Committee.

{mosads}•LABOR. The International Franchise Association signed up with its third lobby firm, American Continental Group, as its members deal with conflicts with the National Labor Relations Board. In a pending case before the board, group member McDonald’s could be tied to the actions of franchisees that run individual stores if complaints arise. The firm will be working on “labor law” issues, disclosure forms say, while also helping the group make the rounds of introductions to lawmakers’ offices. 

•COMMUNICATIONS. There has been a wave of litigation under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which addresses and limits the use of automated phone calls and text messages. Bank of America and Capital One have both have paid multi-million settlements for violating the law within the last month. Wiley Rein recently listed lobbying for the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform on the act. 

•HEALTH. L’Oreal USA signed up for its first lobbying firm, Kadesh & Associates, to work on “legislation related to [Food and Drug Administration] regulations,” disclosure forms say. Currently, the FDA does not have the same regulatory authority over cosmetics the way it does over food, drugs and medical devices. Congress would have to pass a law to give the FDA that power, but talks between the industry and the regulator about the outline of potential legislation have fallen apart.

 
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