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• FORESTS. The Monument Policy Group, led by C. Stewart Verdery, recently signed new clients on a number of issues. The firm will work with the Minnesota company PolyMet Mining on issues related to the Superior National Forest Land Exchange Act of 2017. Ashley Hoy, former director of coalitions for the Senate Republican Conference’s office of the vice chairman, and T.A. Hawks, former Senate Agriculture Committee minority staff director, will work on the account.

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• Monument also signed on to work with Identification Technology Association, which focuses on biometrics, identity management and cyber protection, to work on issues related to secure identity solutions, as well as Idaho company Black Sage Technologies Inc., a systems integrator that detects and defeats drone threats, to work on matters related to the deployment of unmanned aircraft systems.

• FINANCE. Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, Schreck recently signed on to work with California personal finance company Credit Karma on financial services policy. Travis Norton, Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottTim Scott: Sanders would be toughest challenger for Trump House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime GOP senators offering bill to cement business provision in Trump tax law MORE’s (R-S.C.) former counsel; Russ Sullivan, the Senate Finance Committee’s former staff director; and Milan Dalal, who worked on the Senate Banking Committee, will work on the account.

• PORTS. Lone Star Ports, based out of Corpus Christi, Texas, has hired Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas to work on issues related to the port of Corpus Christi, which is the largest exporter of crude oil in the U.S. The port is currently developing a crude oil export terminal, the Caller Times reported in October. Former Senate chiefs of staff Helen Tolar, who worked for Sen. John BoozmanJohn Nichols BoozmanOvernight Defense: Pentagon policy chief resigns at Trump's request | Trump wishes official 'well in his future endeavors' | Armed Services chair warns against Africa drawdown after trip GOP chairman after Africa trip: US military drawdown would have 'real and lasting negative consequences' Appropriators fume over reports of Trump plan to reprogram .2 billion for wall MORE (R-Ark.); Steven Haro, who worked for Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinCalifornia lawmakers mark Day of Remembrance for Japanese internment Democratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe House passes bipartisan bill to create women's history museum MORE (D-Calif.); Constantine Hingson, who worked for former Sen. Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsCongress set for clash over surveillance reforms Trump's intel moves spark Democratic fury Russian interference reports rock Capitol Hill MORE (R-Ind.); and Charles Wooters, who worked for Sen. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenOvernight Energy: EPA to regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water | Trump budget calls for slashing funds for climate science centers | House Dems urge banks not to fund drilling in Arctic refuge Democratic senators criticize plan that could expand Arctic oil and gas development Senate Dems blast Barr for 'clear violation' of duty in Stone case, urge him to resign MORE (D-Md.) are among those on the account.