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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 MulvaneyOMB nominee gets hearing on Feb. 9 Republicans now 'shocked, shocked' that there's a deficit Financial firms brace for Biden's consumer agency chief MORE (R-S.C.), and ex-Sen. David VitterDavid Bruce VitterBiden inaugural committee to refund former senator's donation due to foreign agent status Bottom line Lysol, Charmin keep new consumer brand group lobbyist busy during pandemic 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 CulbersonNASA's Europa Clipper has been liberated from the Space Launch System Texas Republicans sound post-2020 alarm bells 2020 Democratic Party platform endorses Trump's NASA moon program 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.

 

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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 EshooHillicon Valley: Biden signs order on chips | Hearing on media misinformation | Facebook's deal with Australia | CIA nominee on SolarWinds Democrats' letter targeting Fox, Newsmax for misinformation sparks clash during hearing West Virginia AG urges news providers to resist calls to 'censor' programming MORE (D-Calif.), will work on the account.

 

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 McConnellJudiciary Committee greenlights Garland's AG nomination This week: Senate takes up coronavirus relief after minimum wage setback Juan Williams: Hypocrisy runs riot in GOP MORE (R-Ky.), and Monica Popp, former chief of staff to Sen. John CornynJohn CornynBottom line This week: Senate takes up coronavirus relief after minimum wage setback Senate mulls changes to .9 trillion coronavirus bill 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.