December 6th, 2010 by Autumn
Don Reily, a retired Army Maj. Gen. has been named vice president and director of business development at Dawson & Associates.
Erik Hotmire, former senior adviser at Securities Exchange Commission and USA Freedom Corps spokesman, is joining the Brunswick Group as director.
Terry Dale has been named president of the U.S. Tour Operators Association.
Matthew Beck, communications director and policy adviser for the Ways and Means Committee since 2005, is joining the Glover Park Group as vice president in the public affairs and marketing divisions
Matt Salt was named executive director of the Specialized Publishers Association of Vienna.
November 24th, 2010 by Autumn
Today is the most traveled day of the year. Traffic will be a nightmare, airline waits will be treacherous (especially considering the proposed boycott of airport security scanners), and everyone may be a little more uptight. It may seem like the time to cut corners wherever possible to save time and expense, but beware of the following travel pitfalls, or you could find yourself gobbling for mercy:
- If you’re a lobbyist and your new staffer girlfriend is coming home to meet the parents for the first time, you can NOT pay for her ticket. If you’ve been dating awhile or are engaged, there is a “personal friend” or “significant other” (Senate only) exemption. You will still need to get pre-approval from ethics committee if the trip will cost over $250. The pre-approval is confidential, but very essential.
- The new girlfriend can, however, partake in the Thanksgiving feast — as long as you have a relatively large family — because the holiday meal is a widely-attended event.
- Make sure that any gift you give her while gone is filed on the LD-203! (Unless of course you get engaged over the holiday, in which case fiancees are permitted to give gifts without disclosure.)
- If using the personal friendship exemption for anything, you must be able to prove a history of gift exchange between you, not give any gifts related to any official duties, not submit any expenses for reimbursement by your employer, not count the gifts as an exemption.
November 22nd, 2010 by Autumn
David Tilstone has been named president of the National Tooling and Machining Association.
Scott Kamins, deputy chief of staff and director of government affairs at the Republican National Committee, has been named a director at the Prime Policy Group.
Charles Salem, chief of staff to Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), is joining Microsoft as managing director for public policy.
George Lowe, who spent four years serving as chief of staff to former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), has joined Brown Rudnick’s Washington office as a partner. Lowe will work as a lobbyist in Brown Rudnick’s government law and strategies group