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HEALTH CARE. Global Medical Response, a medical transportation company, hired Mercury Public Affairs to work on federal government relations on health care and transportation issues. Al Simpson, former chief of staff to ex-Rep. Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyFauci says positive White House task force reports don't always match what he hears on the ground Bottom line White House, Senate GOP clash over testing funds MORE (R-S.C.), and ex-Sen. David VitterDavid Bruce VitterBottom line Bottom line The biggest political upsets of the decade MORE (R-La.) will work on the account.

 

On Demand Holdings, an investment company, hired Ballard Partners to work on issues related to pharmaceutical manufacturing. Brian Ballard, former chairman of Trump Victory, and Sylvester Lukis, a former attorney with the Office of the General Counsel at the Department of Health and Human Services, will work on the account.

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Retrotope Inc., a pharmaceutical research and development firm based in California, hired Clark Hill to work on health research appropriations and budget issues. Kevin Kelly, former chief counsel to the secretary of the Senate Democratic Conference, and ex-Rep. John CulbersonJohn Abney CulbersonBottom line Ex-Rep. Frelinghuysen joins law and lobby firm Bottom line MORE (R-Texas) will work on the account.

 

SmileDirectClub, an oral care company providing tele-dentistry services and related oral care products, hired The Vogel Group to work on issues around business operations. Alex Vogel, former chief counsel to ex-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), will work on the account.

 

TECHNOLOGY. Argo AI, a self-driving technology platform, hired Alpine Group Partners to work on autonomous vehicle research and development. Jared Weaver, former deputy chief of staff to Rep. Anna EshooAnna Georges EshooThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: GoDaddy CEO Aman Bhutani says DC policymakers need to do more to support ventures and 'solo-preneurs'; Federal unemployment benefits expire as coronavirus deal-making deadlocks Democrats fear US already lost COVID-19 battle Why drug costs for older Americans should be capped in pandemic's wake MORE (D-Calif.), will work on the account.

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The trade association representing the software industry BSA|The Software Alliance hired Capitol Hill Policy Group to work on legislative and regulatory matters related to artificial intelligence, appropriations, data, cybersecurity, data security and privacy. Todd Bertoson, former staff director of the Senate Commerce Committee, and James Reid, former chief of staff to ex-Sen. John D. Rockefeller (D-N.Y.), will work on the account.

 

ATHLETICS. The Pac-12 Conference hired Marshall and Popp to work on developing a national solution to preserve the unique model of college sports in the U.S. while addressing issues to provide more economic opportunities for student-athletes over name, issue and likeness rights. Hazen Marshall, former policy director to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP scrambles to fend off Kobach in Kansas primary Meadows: Election will be held on November third Don't let Trump distract us from the real threat of his presidency MORE (R-Ky.), and Monica Popp, former chief of staff to Sen. John CornynJohn CornynFrustration builds as negotiators struggle to reach COVID-19 deal Chamber of Commerce endorses Ernst for reelection Mini-exodus of Trump officials from Commerce to lobby on semiconductors MORE (R-Texas), will work on the account.

 

The Big 12 ConferenceBig Ten Conference and other collegiate sports conferences, also hired Marshall and Popp to lobby on the same issues.