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• ENERGY. ExxonMobil has hired a former top aide to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). Capitol Hill Consulting Group’s Josh Kardon, once Wyden’s chief of staff, as well as Jack Victory, who served as senior adviser to former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), will be lobbying for the oil-and-gas giant on “energy and environmental policy issues,” according to lobbying disclosure records. 

• FOREIGN RELATIONS. President Obama’s proposed reforms for foreign aid are attracting lobby firms. Oxfam America has hired The Glover Park Group to lobby on the “president’s [fiscal year 2014] budget proposal, international food aid reform.” Lindsay Lee, once a senior legislative assistant to ex-Rep. Joe Knollenberg (R-Mich.), is working on the account.

{mosads}• IMMIGRATION. Lobbying work on immigration reform is coming steadily to Thorsen French Advocacy. The firm has contracted with the American Immigration Council to lobby on “issues related to immigration reform.” James French and Carl Thorsen, both former counsels to the House Judiciary Committee, are lobbying for the group. Thorsen French has also lobbied this year on immigration for the Partnership for a New American Economy Action Fund, which includes co-chairmen such as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Microsoft CEO Steven Ballmer.

• MANUFACTURING. The lobby shop founded by Hunter Bates and former Rep. Geoff Davis (R-Ky.) has snagged another client. Republic Consulting has been hired by MAG Industrial Automation Systems, a machine tools and systems manufacturer based in Hebron, Ky., to lobby on “CFIUS process consulting.” Bates, a former chief of staff to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and Lauren O’Brien, once deputy chief of staff and legislative director to Davis, are on the account. 

• TECHNOLOGY. Peck Madigan Jones has registered to lobby for the new tech-heavy group FWD.us. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is one of FWD’s co-founders. Three lobbyists at the firm — John Michael Gonzalez, once chief of staff to ex-Rep. Melissa Bean (D-Ill.); Jeff Peck, former Senate Judiciary Committee counsel; and Jonathon Jones, former chief of staff for Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) — are lobbying on “immigration reform issues” for the new group. The firm has also subcontracted to Tiber Creek Health Strategies Inc. for help on the account.

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