Lobbying World

• The political consulting and public affairs firm Total Spectrum has hired Erik Autor as a partner. Autor served at the National Retail Federation for more than a decade in the positions of vice president and international trade counsel.  From 1992 to 1998, he worked as a senior counsel on the Senate Finance Committee.

• Jeffrey Soth has been promoted to legislative and political director for the International Union of Operating Engineers. For the last six years, he worked as the trade union’s assistant legislative and political director.


• Friends Committee on National Legislation, a Quaker public interest firm, has hired Michael Shank as a lobbyist to focus on foreign policy issues, including climate change, global poverty, and U.S. military and nuclear weapons policy. Shank most recently worked as Rep. Mike Honda’s (D-Calif.) senior policy adviser and communications director.

• Nancy Grunberg, Treazure Johnson and George Kostolampros have been named partners in McKenna Long & Aldridge’s white collar and criminal defense practice in Washington. The three attorneys come from the law and lobbying firm Venable, where they specialized in securities litigation, and all have prior experience in senior positions at the Securities and Exchange Commission.

• Intel has hired Paula Bruening to serve as senior counsel of global privacy policy. She comes from the Centre for Information Policy Leadership, a think tank that’s part of the lobby firm Hunton and Williams, where she worked as the vice president of global policy. During the Clinton administration, Bruening was an adviser on online privacy, security and commerce at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

• Bloomberg LP has appointed Samuel J. Palmisano to act as independent adviser and review its privacy and data standards, amid access issues raised by the company’s customers. He formerly served as chairman and chief executive of IBM. The Washington lobby firms Hogan Lovells and the Promontory Financial Group have been retained to help with Palmisano’s review. Clark Hoyt, Bloomberg News editor-at-large, will review the reporting arm’s relationship with the company’s commercial operations.