Lobbying World

Lobbying World
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Chartwell Strategy Group launched this week, becoming one of K Street’s newest firms. Filled with bipartisan operatives, and led by Matt Epperly, Oswaldo Palomo and David Tamasi, it will focus on both strategic communications and lobbying campaigns. Epperly comes from the Harbour Group, Palomo most recently worked at a firm he founded in 2016, and Tamasi formerly worked at Rasky Partners and served as the Washington finance chairman for the Trump campaign. The firm will have offices in Washington, New York and Boston. 

Cristina Antelo formed a firm called Ferox Strategies. She left the Podesta Group last year — the firm once helmed by Tony Podesta, who stepped down, and chief executive Kimberley Fritts, who left to create her own firm — and partnered with Democratic operative Manny Ortiz at his firm, VantageKnight. Now, she’s striking out on her own.

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Dykema, a national law firm celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, has named Eric Fingerhut as the managing member of its Washington, D.C., office. He already serves in Dykema’s intellectual property practice. 

Paige Thoman has joined G2G Consulting as a government relations manager. She previously worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant to Rep. Ann WagnerAnn Louise WagnerScalise, Wagner plan to introduce discharge petition for abortion bill House Dems unveil initial GOP targets in 2020 GOP scrambles to prevent shutdown after right-wing insurrection MORE (R-Mo.).

Kathleen Coulombe joined American Council of Life Insurers’s (ACLI) federal relations department as a vice president. She’ll focus on retirement security issues, according to the industry group. Before that, she worked as a senior adviser for government relations at the Society for Human Resource Management and previously worked at the Defense Department and for former Nevada Republican Gov. Kenny Guinn.

Venable hired Josh Finestone to serve as a senior policy adviser in its legislative and government affairs practice. He spent more than a decade on Capitol Hill, working for Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerTrump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary Oregon Dem top recipient of 2018 marijuana industry money, study finds MORE (R-Nev.), Rep. Tom GravesJohn (Tom) Thomas GravesHouse passes border deal, setting up Trump to declare emergency Lawmakers introduce bill to fund government, prevent shutdown The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine - Next 24 hours critical for stalled funding talks MORE (R-Ga.) and former Rep. Mike RogersMichael (Mike) Dennis RogersFormer GOP House Intel chair: McConnell eating 'manure sandwich' with Trump's national emergency Lawmakers quiz officials on 2020 election security measures Hillicon Valley: House panel takes on election security | DOJ watchdog eyes employee texts | Senate Dems urge regulators to block T-Mobile, Sprint deal | 'Romance scams' cost victims 3M in 2018 MORE (R-Mich.). Finestone comes from the firm Navigators Global, where he served as a vice president of legislative affairs.