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K Street Files: Armey Retreats From DLA Piper

Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas) is saying sayonara to DLA Piper.[IMGCAP(1)]Armey, who has been a senior adviser to the firm for the past six years, left DLA Piper on Friday amid public criticism surrounding his grass-roots organization FreedomWorks’ push against health care reform.“We understand and respect Former Majority Leader Dick Armey’s decision, announced today, to leave DLA Piper,— firm Chairman Frank Burch said in a statement. “Despite some unfounded media suggestions attempting to link DLA Piper to FreedomWorks’ opposition to health care reform, the firm has not, on its own behalf, or on the behalf of any client, directly or indirectly opposed any of the pending health care reform bills.—“On the contrary, DLA Piper represents clients who support enactment of effective health care reform this year,— he added.Armey was federally registered to lobby on behalf of the Recording Industry Association of America, the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration, Medicines Co. and Jones Lang LaSalle America.More GM Buyouts Afoot? Debbie Dingell may not be the only boldfaced name taking a buyout from the recently reorganized General Motors Co. GM spokesman Greg Martin said on Friday that qualifying employees in the carmaker’s downtown office had until last week to decide whether to opt in to take the incentive package. For now, Martin said the company isn’t naming names but confirmed that “some of our colleagues qualify.— “It’s their decision to make,— Martin said. “It’s such a personal decision [and] we’ve made no further announcements.— Debbie Dingell, a longtime GM executive and wife of Energy and Commerce Chairman Emeritus John Dingell (D-Mich.), announced this week that she is leaving the company. Martin on Friday declined to provide the terms of her buyout package. If It’s Sunday… Since when do lobbyists work on a Sunday morning — away from the golf course — during August recess? Apparently, ever since the health care reform debate has dominated the airwaves. This weekend, several of K Street’s more prominent health care and business industry voices are hitting the Sunday shows.Bruce Josten, the executive vice president of government affairs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will appear on NBC’s “Meet the Press— along with former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), who is a special public policy adviser at Alston & Bird. Also on the program will be former Rep. Dick Armey (R-Texas), who until Friday was a senior policy adviser for DLA Piper and chairman of FreedomWorks, a conservative group reportedly behind some of the health care reform protests at Members’ town halls.On “Fox News Sunday,— John Rother, who is executive vice president for policy and strategy at AARP, will give the senior lobby’s perspective, while Dr. J. James Rohack, president of the American Medical Association, will represent the doctors on the showIn an e-mail to U.S. Chamber members, Bill Miller, the group’s political director, wrote that Josten’s appearance on “Meet the Press— coincides with the chamber’s national ad campaign, which opposes the public insurance option. “Tune in this Sunday, as Bruce carries our message to the American people — and warns of the pending trillion-dollar health care plan that would lead to limited care, massive deficits, and big government bureaucracy,— Miller said in his e-mail.Submit K Street Files tips here.

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