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K Street Files: Forget About Neal; GOP Tax Lobbyist Wants Camp

Lobbyists have been closely following Rep. Richard Neal’s unofficial bid to wrest the gavel next year from House Ways and Means Chairman Sander Levin (D-Mich.). But the Massachusetts Democrat is not the only lawmaker who is eyeing the gavel.

Republican lobbyist Ken Kies of Federal Policy Group made that clear last week when he gave a nod to someone on the other side of the aisle, Rep. Dave Camp (Mich.), who is the tax-writing panel’s ranking member and would be in line to be its chairman if Republicans win control of the House.

Before introducing Camp to speak at Baker Hostetler’s 21st Annual Legislative and U.S. Government Policy Seminar, Kies said he’s backing Camp in the popular Washington parlor game.

To which Camp replied, “I like your optimism.”

Only time will tell.

Flickertail State’s Money Man

GOP lobbyists are coming out in full force to support North Dakota Republican Senate candidate John Hoeven.

Republicans have been increasingly hopeful about their guy’s shot at taking the seat held by Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), who announced earlier this year that he was throwing in the towel.

Hoeven, the North Dakota governor, is shaking the money tree Wednesday and Thursday with a handful of events hosted by K Street insiders. He’s kicking off the tour with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The business trade group’s political action committee is hosting a breakfast Wednesday, asking attendees to contribute $500 per individual and $1,000 per PAC.

Later that afternoon, Honeywell International’s PAC, the Title Industry PAC and K Streeters, including John Kartch of Americans for Tax Reform, Michelle Korsmo of the American Land Title Association, Matt Schlapp of Cove Strategies and National Association of Manufacturers’ Carter Wood, are hosting a fete for Hoeven with special guest Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.).

Will Hollier of Hollier & Associates, Ted Hollingsworth of Compass Consulting Group and Niels Holch of Holch & Erickson are hosting a Thursday morning fundraiser starting at 8:30 with special guest Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho).

And health care lobbyists Linda Tarplin, Raissa Downs and Jennifer Young, all of Tarplin Downs & Young, are co-hosting a midmorning fundraising coffee for Hoeven. Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s Kathy Didawick is also listed on the invitation for the coffee klatch, which costs $1,000 for PACs and $500 for individuals.

K Street Moves

• Mildred Webber, a one-time aide to then-House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), is leaving the National Association of Broadcasters this month. Webber, senior vice president of government relations at the group, wrote to friends and colleagues that she is becoming a stay-at-home mom. “Simply put, there is no better advocacy team than those here at NAB, who I’ve had the pleasure to work with,” she wrote in an e-mail announcing her move. She added that the sector is served well under the leadership of former Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.), who took the helm at the NAB last fall.

Webber doesn’t intend to disappear from the Capitol Hill scene entirely, though. She plans to keep her membership at the Capitol Hill Club and, she noted, she just might volunteer on political campaigns. Her former boss, Blunt, is running for Senate.

• Aleix Jarvis has been promoted to partner at the all-Republican lobbying firm Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock. Jarvis joined the firm in 2005 after a decade of working for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

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