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K Street Files: Lobbyists Direct Campaign Cash to Party Committees

Former Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Executive Director Brian Wolff continued posting impressive bundling numbers for his one-time employer, raising another $83,000 in June, according to recently filed Federal Election Commission reports. That brings the Edison Electric Institute lobbyist’s total haul for the DCCC to $716,000.

Al Mottur of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck was the largest K Street bundler for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee last month, bringing in almost $20,000 FEC filings showed.

Wolff and Mottur were outliers last month when many prominent lobbyist bundlers for the committees who were listed in past months weren’t mentioned as bringing in any cash in June.

Republican party committees report their bundled contributions quarterly to the FEC, and the second-quarter filings show that the National Republican Congressional Committee took in almost $417,000 from GOP K Street bundlers. That’s up from the $150,000 that the committee reported in the first quarter of the year.

Several prominent K Streeters came to the NRCC’s aid, including Michael Herson of American Defense International, who bundled $30,000, and former Rep. Bill Paxon (R-N.Y.), the Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld lobbyist who was credited with raising $60,000. Ietan Consulting’s Wilson Pipestem and Aurene Martin bundled $40,000 and $91,000, respectively, for the committee.

The political action committees of several trade groups — including the National Association of Realtors, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association and the Nuclear Energy Institute — also raised money for the committee. The Realtors’ PAC bundled the most, bringing in $47,000 in the second quarter.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee also relied on several lobbyists to help raise money. K Street bundlers steered nearly $755,000 toward the NRSC in the second quarter, bringing the committee’s bundling total for the first half of 2010 to about $900,000.

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck senior counsel Jim Nicholson, the co-chairman of the committee’s Majority Makers program for high-dollar donors, bundled the most in the second quarter with almost $285,000.

The American Dental Association’s Michael Graham, Missy Edwards of Missy Edwards Strategies, Doyce Boesch of Strategic Health Care and Kirk Blalock of Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock were also listed as bundlers for the NRSC.

K Street Moves

• Julia Wanzco Lawless is signing up with Story Partners as a director in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. Lawless joins after serving as press secretary for Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine). She also worked as communications director for then-Rep. Phil English (R-Pa.) and as northeast regional communications leader for the House Republican Conference.

“Her extensive work on finance, commerce and transportation issues builds on Story Partners’ growing practices,” said the firm’s founder, Gloria Dittus.

• After a stint as policy adviser to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Malloy McDaniel has joined Blank Rome Government Relations as a principal.

• The Advanced Medical Technology Association has brought on Carrie Hartgen as vice president of state government relations and regional affairs. Before joining AdvaMed, Hartgen was director of legislative and regulatory affairs for National Strategies Inc.

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