Posts Tagged ‘The Glover Park Group’

K St., Meet Pakistan

Friday, November 15th, 2013 by Vbhotla

EVEN FOR COUNTRIES with troubled relations with the United States, investing in lobbying can pay dividends. That’s why, as The Hill reports, it’s likely that Pakistan will hire a lobbying firm soon after being without representation on K St. since July 31, when Locke Lord Strategies terminated its contract with the country.

Pakistan and the United States have had an uneasy relationship since Bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad in May 2011. The discovery of the infamous terrorist leader living in comfort near Pakistan’s capitol city put a strain on the United States’ trust in the country. By the same token, the Pakistani government blasted the raid as an unauthorized military action on Pakistani soil without the government’s knowledge or approval.

Despite the frosty alliance between the two countries, The Sunlight Foundation notes that last month, the United States was preparing to unfreeze approximately $1.6 billion in aid that had been on hold since the Bin Laden raid, but Congress remains  wary of being seen as supporting Pakistan. As a former Pakistani government official notes in The Hill’s article, “Unless Pakistan mounts a major lobbying effort, it will be difficult to turn the opinions on the Hill around.”

Have renewed lobbying efforts by other countries paid off? For Egypt, it’s too early to tell. Last month, Egypt hired the Glover Park Group after the United States put a freeze on military aid to the troubled nation. The hire comes after more than a year-long hiatus without K St. representation, during which time Egypt’s favorability rating has plummeted in the United States.  While this doesn’t prove that hiring a lobbyists automatically earns approval, doing so certainly couldn’t hurt, especially in Pakistan’s case.

ACA Begets New Breed of Experts

Thursday, August 29th, 2013 by Vbhotla

IT STANDS TO REASON that the most comprehensive healthcare reform in nearly 50 years comes with a lot of fine print and red tape. What lobbyists and lobbying firms are discovering is that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) also generates a lot of revenue.

The Hill reports that big lobbying firms are clamoring for Obamacare veterans. Many of K Street’s largest firms, including Akin Gump, Alston & Bird, and The Glover Park Group now have someone who was involved in the creation of ACA on their rosters, as do the lobbying wings of a number of major corporations.

Why are Obamacare insiders such a hot commodity? A law with the size and scope of ACA is subject to incredibly complex regulations and fine print, so having someone on staff who can explain that to clients is invaluable to firms. Additionally, much of the law is being implemented by the agencies, which are not subject to the same level of transparency as Congress. From The Hill:

 “Congress is easy to watch,” said Tim LaPira, a politics professor at James Madison University who researches the government affairs industry, “but agencies are harder to watch because their actions are often opaque.”

This is why, as The Hill notes, veterans of the Department of Health and Human Services are among the highest-paid Obamacare specialists.

But the industry experts aren’t the only ones reaping benefits from knowing the ins and outs of the act.  Law firms are also yielding gains by attracting clients from the multitude of industries that will be impacted by the law’s provisions. Although lobbying revenues have been on the decline in 2013, the influx of ACA specialists should help things improve.

Because the implementation of ACA is staggered, with some provisions going into effect immediately while others trigger in 2014 and beyond, it seems clear that ACA insiders will continue to enjoy a high demand for their services.  Whether they’ll be needed in three, four, ten years hence is more dubious.

Industry Moves & Changes

Thursday, August 12th, 2010 by Vbhotla

Conrad Lass is joining the American Petroleum Institute as senior director of federal relations.

Kathleen McCann has been named director of quality and regulatory affairs for the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems.

Alex Mistri has been named a managing director in the government affairs practice at the Glover Park Group.

David Sanders has joined the National Community Pharmacists Association as director of federal government relations. Sanders was director of federal government affairs for Teva Pharmaceuticals. He has also worked on legislative issues for former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.).

Melissa Dodson Schooley has been hired as senior director of government affairs at MedTronic Inc., a medical technology company. Schooley was previously head of government affairs for Coventry Health Care. She has also served as a fellow for the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight and the Courts.

Lobbying Moves and Changes, Round 2

Monday, July 12th, 2010 by Vbhotla

Robert Burley has been named executive vice president for Direct Impact. Burley previously served as a senior external affairs adviser and practice leader for government and media relations for Royal Dutch Shell.

Eric Eikenberg,  Gov. Charlie Crist’s (I-Fl.) former chief of staff and Senate campaign manager, has joined Holland & Knight’s public policy and regulation practice.

Fred HumphriesMicrosoft Corp.’s top federal lobbyist, was named vice president of U.S. government affairs for the software giant.

Lindsay A. Punzenberger has been hired as an assistant vice president at Venn Strategies LLC.

Alex Slater has left The Glover Park Group after 10 years to join the communications firm SKDKnickerbocker as managing director of its expanded corporate, advocacy and crisis communications practice.

Jordan Stoick has been hired as vice president of Direct Impact. He was communications director for Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.).