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PHAMECEUTICALS. Virpax Pharmaceuticals, based in Pennsylvania, recently hired Forbes Tate Partners to work on issues related to non-opioid pain management, according to disclosures. Jeff Sadosky, former communications director to Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanHere are the Senate Republicans who could vote to convict Trump Lawmakers call for investigation into program meant to help student loan borrowers with disabilities Senators sound alarm on dangers of ransomware attacks after briefing MORE (R-Ohio), and Ryan Welch, former legislative director for Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyDemocrats open door to repealing ObamaCare tax in spending talks On The Money: Economy adds 266K jobs in strong November | Lawmakers sprint to avoid shutdown | Appropriators to hold crucial talks this weekend | Trump asks Supreme Court to halt Deutsche Bank subpoenas Appropriators face crucial weekend to reach deal MORE (R-Ala.), will work on the account.


TECHNOLOGY. Microsoft hired Hobart Hallaway & Quayle Ventures to work on privacy, appropriations, technology policy, cybersecurity, defense and high-skilled immigration issues. Former Rep. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.) and Robert Hobart, former deputy chief of staff to ex-Rep. Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.), will work on the account.



CANNABIS. The Global Alliance for Cannabis Commerce hired McGuireWoods Consulting to work on cannabis reform. Robert Wasinger, former chief of staff to ex-Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.); Michael Drobac, former legislative director to ex-Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.); and Randal Meyer, former legislative counsel to Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulTrump's legal team huddles with Senate Republicans Democratic congressman calls for study of effects of sex-trafficking law McConnell says he's 'honored' to be WholeFoods Magazine's 2019 'Person of the Year' MORE (R-Ky.), will work on the account.


TRAVEL. Travel company Horse Tours & Travel S.A.E. hired Dentons US to work on U.S. policies regarding Egypt. Charles Dorkey will work on the account.


MANUFACTURING. Mobile Barriers, a manufacturer based in Colorado, hired Squire Patton Boggs for work with the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security to explore potential uses and interest in mobile barriers. Carolina Mederos, a former Department of Transportation aide, will work on the account.