K Street Files: GOP Leaders, Lobbyists Raise Cash for NRCC

Posted September 14, 2010 at 5:50pm

An all-star list of downtown and Capitol Hill Republican heavyweights is holding a National Republican Congressional Committee fundraiser on Sept. 28. According to an invitation obtained by K Street Files, Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio) and Minority Whip Eric Cantor (Va.) are co-chairmen of the event, which is expected to include Conference Chairman Mike Pence (Ind.), NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas) and a half-dozen or more of their House Republican colleagues.

Former Speaker Dennis Hastert (Ill.), a senior adviser at the firm Dickstein Shapiro, is also a co-chairman of the rooftop fundraiser, which will be held at the C2 Group’s Chinatown offices.

The invitation urges potential donors to “please join in our efforts to ‘Take Back The House.'”

The list of GOP big shots putting on the event also includes Republican lobbyists and lawyers Charlie Black, chairman of Prime Policy Group; Ogilvy Government Relations CEO Drew Maloney; Mimi Dawson of Wiley Rein; Ted Olson, a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Ben Ginsberg, a partner at Patton Boggs; former Bush appointee C. Boyden Gray; and Frank Keating, president and CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers.

Several former Republican Members who are now on K Street are also getting in on the action. They include Deborah Pryce (Ohio), who is affiliated with the lobby shop Clark, Lytle & Geduldig; former Ways and Means Chairman Jim McCrery (La.), who is a partner at Capitol Counsel; and Bill Paxon (N.Y.), a senior adviser at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

An individual ticket to attend goes for $250, while hosts must pledge $1,000.

Glover Clients Not in Harmony

The National Association of Broadcasters and the Recording Industry Association of America have hardly been allies in recent years as they battled over the contentious radio performance royalties issue.

But the two influential trade groups now have something in common: They share the same lobbying firm, the Democratic-leaning Glover Park Group.

Public disclosure forms filed with Congress show that Glover Park registered to lobby for the NAB on July 1. The firm was also paid $50,000 in each of the first two quarters of this year to lobby for the RIAA, which wants broadcasters to pay performers royalties every time their tunes are played on the radio. The NAB has refused that proposal.

NAB’s Dennis Wharton said there is no conflict of interest because Glover Park is working for his organization on the separate issue of broadband and TV spectrum.

Jonathan Lamy, an RIAA senior vice president, concurred that the two clients are OK with the arrangement because Glover Park lobbies on the music-related issue solely for his association and not for the NAB.

In any case, Lamy notes that both sides in the performance royalty debate appear close to reaching a compromise and may send up a plan to lawmakers in the coming week.

Capitol Cattle Call

National Farmers Union members are descending on Capitol Hill this week, meeting with Congressional staffers and administration officials on tax policy, trade embargoes and agriculture-related legislation.

The group estimates that more than 200 of its members are in town through today.

Throughout the week, South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke has lobbied Members and executive branch officials. In an interview, he said ending trade barriers with Cuba is a priority for the organization, as well as developing a compromise on the estate tax and a cap-and-trade proposal for pricing carbon emissions.

“Politics is holding this country up right now,” he said. “We should find a way to come together and move this country forward.”

K Street Moves

Democratic Senate staffer Kristen Michaels has nabbed a job with the lobbying shop Winning Strategies Washington. Michaels, an appropriations aide for New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg, previously worked for the House Appropriations Committee.

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