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CORONAVIRUS RELIEF

Verizon Communications Inc. hired The Raben Group to work on COVID-19 relief efforts, as well as wireless and wire telecommunications issues, broadband access, data privacy, emergency preparedness spectrum policy, 5G deployment and a national 5G network. Estuardo Rodriguez, former attorney at the Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Clinton administration, will work on the account.

The Experiential Designers and Producers Association hired Cassidy & Associates to work on federal assistance programs for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Kevin Binger, former staff director for Republicans on the House Oversight and Reform Committee, will work on the account.

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HEALTH CARE 

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare hired Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP to work on Food and Drug Administration over-the-counter policies and appropriations for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention oral health, chronic disease and tobacco cessation programs. Jim Twaddell, former legislative aide to ex-Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), will work on the account.

Welltower Inc., a real estate investment trust primarily invested in health care properties, hired Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas to work on regulatory and legislative issues related to elder care facilities and other health care properties. Bruce Mehlman, former general counsel and policy director for the House Republican Conference, and David Castagnetti, former chief of staff to ex-Sen. Max BaucusMax Sieben BaucusBottom line Bottom line Bottom line MORE (D-Mont.), will be among those working on the account.


TRANSPORTATION 

The Doerrer Group, on behalf of Uber Technologies Inc., hired Summit Strategies Government Affairs LLC to monitor development of FAST Act Reauthorization, infrastructure investment legislation and financing for the Highway Trust Fund, as well as issues related to reimbursement of transportation network companies for transportation services, mobility on demand and the safety of transportation network companies. Jim Kolb, former staff director for Democrats on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Transportation Highways and Transit, will work on the account.

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TECHNOLOGY

Knowmadics Inc., an information technology services company, hired Barker Leavitt PLLC to work on issues associated with the Internet of Things that relate to law enforcement activities, as well as the fiscal 2022 House and Senate commerce, state and justice appropriations bills. Ryan Leavitt, former legislative director to Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyHillicon Valley: Biden administration sanctions Russia for SolarWinds hack, election interference The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - CDC in limbo on J&J vax verdict; Rep. Brady retiring Republican lawmakers reintroduce bill to ban TikTok on federal devices MORE (R-Mo.), will work on the account.


ECONOMY

Economic Security Project Action hired Pioneer Public Affairs to work on issues related to economic policy, particularly for increased federal spending in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Joseph Britton, former chief of staff to Sen. Martin HeinrichMartin Trevor HeinrichDemocrats battle over best path for Puerto Rico Intelligence leaders warn of threats from China, domestic terrorism Top academics slam Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act MORE (D-N.M.), will work on the account.