Posted by POLITICO on May 12, 2014 in News Clips

SCOOP … PERROTTA, MASON JOIN NADA: The National Automobile Dealers Association has added two to its legislative affairs staff, the organization tells PI. Laura Perrotta joins NADA from the American Traffic Safety Services Association, where she represented the road safety industry. And tax lobbyist Kathy Mason joins the association from her previous gig at the Newspaper Association of America. “Laura and Kathy are exceptional professionals who will help enhance our legislative and political efforts on Capitol Hill,” said Ivette Rivera, NADA vice president of legislative affairs. “Their depth of experience coupled with their drive will complete a very effective team advocating on behalf of auto and truck dealers before Congress.” Perrotta has worked on Capitol Hill, at the National Court Reporters Association and the firm Miller/Wenhold Capitol Strategies. Mason did stints on Capitol Hill and with the Forest Industries Council on Taxation; Merrill Lynch and the Mint Investment Management Company.  

SOURCE: MCGREEVY TO TAKE THE REINS AT BEER INSTITUTE: James A. McGreevy is headed to the Beer Institute to become president and CEO of the association, according to a PI tipster. McGreevy currently serves as the American Beverage Association’s senior vice president for government affairs. The Beer Institute is a trade association representing beer brewers, importers and suppliers. The association lost president and CEO Joe McClain in December, when he stepped down at a board meeting citing unspecified professional reasons. Tim Scully, vice president of government affairs at MillerCoors, has been running the association in the interim while the association looked for a replacement.

McGreevy has been with ABA since 2005 — where he started as vice president for state and local affairs for the association. Prior to that, he worked at the Larkin Hoffman Law Firm in Minnesota — advancing client interests in the Minnesota Legislature and administrative agencies. He also served as assistant to Majority Leader Roger D. Moe for the Minnesota state Senate and on the advance team of the 2004 Kerry-Edwards presidential campaign. His other political experience includes a stint as deputy finance director for the 1998 Humphrey for Governor campaign, finance director for the DFL Senate Caucus campaign and Northeast Pennsylvania field director for the 1992 Clinton-Gore presidential campaign.

GOOD MONDAY AFTERNOON where it’s been 51 years since Bob Dylan walked out of rehearsals for the The Ed Sullivan Show in protest. Dylan was slated to appear on the variety show on May 12, 1963. He was set to perform “Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues” from his forthcoming album “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.” However, CBS executives did not like the political nature of the song and asked him to perform another. Dylan walked off the set in protest. He would ultimately have to remove the song from the Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, but the episode generated tons of press for Dylan. Send lobbying news, gossip, tips and scoops to btau@politico.com. And keep up with PI on Twitter by following @ByronTau or @PoliticoPI.

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NPA HIRES NEW COO: The Natural Products Association has hired Devon Powell as senior vice president of member services and chief operating officer. He comes on board from the American Herbal Products Association. It’s the second top hire at NPA in the past few weeks. The association announced a change of leadership at the top last month, when Daniel Fabricant was hired to take over from John Shaw as chief executive officer.

POWELL TATE BRINGS ON THREE: The public relations and public affairs firm Powell Tate has hired three new senior team members. The firm has added Damien LaManna, Daniel Pellegrom and Julie Heinrich as vice presidents. LaManna joins the firm from Blue State Digital and will manage Powell Tate’s paid media work. Pellegrom most recently he served as director for sustainability communications at PepsiCo, where he worked on sustainable business issues for the company. Heinrich, wife of Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), is joining Powell Tate’s social impact team. Her previous gigs include overseeing projects and digital media for the Mid-Region Council of Governments in Albuquerque and a stint working for the City of Albuquerque.

“We’re thrilled to bring on such smart and accomplished talent who will continue to fuel our leadership and growth in global sustainability communications, corporate social responsibility and community relations, public affairs and digital and social engagement,” said Pam Jenkins, president of Powell Tate.

DDC ADVOCACY ADDS KAHANEK: Public affairs firm DDC Advocacy, or DDCA, has hired Jessica Kahanek as its new deputy digital director. Kahanek comes on board from a gig on Capitol Hill where she was most recently with Rep. Jim Costa (D-Calif.). In her new role, she’ll guide digital messaging and engagement efforts for DDCA clients. “We are very pleased to have Jessica join our growing team. In order for messages to stand out online and propel people to action, they’ve got to be creative, tailored to the right audiences and relevant to the moment. The goal posts for success in the digital space move rapidly,” said DDC Advocacy Chairman and CEO B.R. McConnon III. “Jessica knows how to seize occasions online and capture interest from audiences who are inundated by other noise. The ability to design and execute plans that break through this clutter is why we hired her and why we’re confident she’ll help lead our Digital Team to even greater success.”

OMAR TEWFIK JUMPS TO AFSCME: The Arab American Institute’s longtime communications hand Omar Tewfik is headed to the communications team at the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. “I have really enjoyed working with all of you over the years, and I hope we can remain in touch both personally and professionally,” he wrote in a farewell note to reporters.


QUIXOTIC INITIATIVE LAUNCHED: “Fed up with U.S. Supreme Court rulings that have unleashed a torrent of political spending by wealthy mega donors, local activists have launched an initiative campaign to amend the Constitution to reduce the influence of money on politics. Initiative 1329 seeks to put Washington on the record as favoring a constitutional amendment that would make it clear 'corporations are not persons' and 'money is not speech,'” reports the Seattle Times: http://bit.ly/RHgAVq

SHOCKED, SHOCKED TO FIND DONATIONS GOING ON HERE: Lobbyists are giving money to lawmakers in Massachusetts, reports the AP. “From 2005 through 2013, the total donations from lobbyists to political figures fluctuated from a low of $943,440 in 2005 to a high of nearly $1.4 million in 2010. The state caps annual donations from lobbyists at $200 per candidate. During that same period, the average donation from a lobbyist was $149.” http://bit.ly/1geBXcf


Reed Begich Victory Fund (Reed Committee, Alaskans for Begich 2014)

MF-NCF-Dakota 2014 Committee (Dakota PAC, Next Century Fund, Republican Majority Fund)

Colorado North Carolina Victory Fund (Hagan for US Senate, Udall for Colorado)

Kentucky Louisiana Victory Fund (Alison for Kentucky, Friends of Mary Landrieu)




Arent Fox LLP: Tennessee Technological University Foundation                

Corley Consulting, LLC: Oracle Corporation          

Covington & Burling LLP: Back9Network Inc.       

Dan Perrin: Sonatype, Inc.          

Greenberg Traurig, LLP: C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc.      

Henderson Strategies, Inc.: Gulf Oyster Industry Council              

Kym H. Kilbourne: Shire Pharmaceuticals             

Manatt, Phelps, and Phillips: The Moblees (f.k.a. The Ohmies)  

Strategic Health Care: Kettering College               

NEW LOBBYING TERMINATIONS (Firm: Client (Type of Termination))

Alison L. Reardon: Service Employees International Union (SEIU) (Q4 Termination)          

Government Consulting Solutions, INC.: City Of Piedmont (Q1 Termination (no activity))              

Ian Pfeiffer Government Relations: Design Net Engineering LLC (Q1 Termination (no activity))   

Williams and Jensen, PLLC: AK Steel (Q1 Termination)    

Williams and Jensen, PLLC: Griffin, Inc. (Q1 Termination)              

Williams and Jensen, PLLC: Info Tech, Inc. (Q1 Termination)

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