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K Street Files: A Mile-High Client and Kildee’s Continuing Cause

The city and county of Denver has a new lobbying firm on retainer: Greenberg Traurig.

The Mile High City dropped Patton Boggs, which worked for Denver from 2003 to 2012 and from 1987 to 1993, Patton Boggs spokesman Elliott J. Frieder said in an email.

Denver paid Patton Boggs $200,000 in 2012, according to reports filed with Congress under the Lobbying Disclosure Act.

The Greenberg Traurig team includes lobbyists Diane Blagman, Alan Slomowitz, Edward Barron and Joshua Sanderlin.

“We are thrilled to be representing Denver,” Blagman said. “It’s a natural fit because we have a major office in Denver.”

Greenberg Traurig will handle a variety of matters , including airport financing, transportation policy, trade, Medicare and Medicaid, economic development and law enforcement and education matters, according to Greenberg’s LDA filing.

Continuing the Cause

Former Rep. Dale E. Kildee, D-Mich., is joining Ietan Consulting and its affiliated law and lobbying firm, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

Ietan specializes in American Indian clients. Kildee, who served 18 terms in Congress, founded the Congressional Native American Caucus.

“We are thrilled to have Congressman Kildee join our firm,” Ietan Managing Partner Wilson K. Pipestem said in a statement. “Very few people have dedicated their lives to helping improve Indian Country like Dale Kildee, and we look forward to his continued advocacy for Indian Country.”

Nevins’ New Gig

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., is losing his deputy chief of staff, Kyle Nevins, to the lobbying business. Nevins will join Capitol Counsel on April 1 as a principal.

Nevins said he expects to focus on issues such as financial services, energy and trade. He said the firm already has good coverage of tax and health care matters, among others.

Nevins added that he decided to make a career move to K Street in January. “I thought once I decided to go, it would take like two weeks,” he said. “But it ended up taking two and a half months. … You have to be patient.”

He said he looked at law firms and corporate gigs, but he soon realized that an in-house corporate job would take much longer to secure.

Nevins will be restricted from lobbying any members or staff in House leadership for one year. But he is free to lobby the Senate, including the office of another former boss, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.

A New Prism

R. Rebecca Donatelli, president of Campaign Solutions and digital ad agency Connell Donatelli Inc., is affiliating with the Prism Group, the firms announced this week.

The Prism Group-Campaign Solutions partnership will focus on corporate and political clients.

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