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K Street Files: Under Attack, Gamers Add In-House Lobbyists

The Entertainment Software Association, the video game lobby, has added a new bipartisan duo to its roster: Ali Amirhooshmand and Danielle Rodman are joining the group as directors of federal government affairs.

Amirhooshmand most recently was with a consulting firm he founded, Seward Square Group, and before that managed Cassidy & Associates’ telecommunications and media practice. On Capitol Hill, he worked for then-House Majority Whip (now Sen.) Roy Blunt, R-Mo.

Rodman was a legislative assistant to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.

Wasserman Schultz earlier this week lauded a new campaign by the ESA to raise awareness of the parental controls and ratings systems that the industry has in place to fend off criticism that violent game content contributes to real-life violence. Though the ESA has maintained that violent games are not linked to mass shootings such as the one in December in Newtown, Conn., some lawmakers and other officials have called for further study.

“Through their extensive work in federal government and in the private sector, Ali and Danielle have demonstrated their ability to forge key stakeholder relationships, balance competing interests, and provide lawmakers with valuable perspective on policies impacting a variety of issues important to a high-tech industry such as ours,” Erik Huey, ESA’s senior vice president of government affairs, said in a press statement.

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