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• HEALTH. America’s Health Insurance Plans, the trade association representing health insurance companies, recently hired Alston & Bird to work on issues related to the health insurance industry, according to disclosures. Jane Lucas, former special assistant to the president in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs, and Elinor Hiller, former senior adviser in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Office of the Administrator, will work on the account.

 

Horizon Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical manufacturer of a drug product for thyroid eye disease, hired Forbes-Tate to work on issues related to pharmaceutical drugs. Barrett Thornhill, former legislative assistant to Sen. Mike CrapoMichael (Mike) Dean CrapoBarrett says she did not strike down ObamaCare in moot court case GOP Sen. Thom Tillis tests positive for coronavirus 22 GOP attorneys general urge Congress to confirm Barrett as Supreme Court justice MORE (R-Idaho), and Derrick White, former deputy communications director to ex-Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchMellman: What happened after Ginsburg? Bottom line Bottom line MORE (R-Utah), will work on the account.

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• TRADE. The American Distilled Spirits Association hired Mercury Public Affairs to provide government relations and consulting work on matters of trade. Bryan Lanza, former communications director for President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama slams Trump in Miami: 'Florida Man wouldn't even do this stuff' Trump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Pence's chief of staff tests positive for COVID-19 MORE’s transition team, will work on the account.

 

The airline company ANA Holdings hired Banner Public Affairs to work on travel and trade issues. Christian Whiton, former senior adviser at the State Department, and Matt Bormet, former legislative assistant to Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenPlaintiff and defendant from Obergefell v. Hodges unite to oppose Barrett's confirmation Senate Democrats call for ramped up Capitol coronavirus testing House Democrats slam FCC chairman over 'blatant attempt to help' Trump MORE (D-Ore.), will work on the account.

 

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• CYBERSECURITY. Synack Inc., a cybersecurity platform based in California, hired Cornerstone Government Affairs to work on engaging the Homeland Security Department, Defense Department and lawmakers on cybersecurity issues. Connie LaRossa, former legislative director in the Defense Department’s Office of Counternarcotics and Global Threats, and Charles Carithers, former professional staff for Democrats on the House Homeland Security Committee, will work on the account.

 

• ENERGY. Calpine Corporation, an electricity generator and retail power provider based in Houston, hired former Rep. Ryan CostelloRyan Anthony CostellloBottom Line Trump struggles to stay on script, frustrating GOP again Bottom line MORE (R-Pa.) of Ryan Costello Strategies to work on issues related to natural gas and geothermal resources, electricity markets and the grid, and energy tax credits.