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December 18, 2014

Jim Gerlach Exits Congress, Enters Venable | Downtown Moves

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(Scott J. Ferrell/ CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Retiring Rep. Jim Gerlach is heading to Venable LLP, where the Pennsylvania Republican will join other former lawmakers such as Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., and Sen. Birch Bayh, D-Ind., in the legislative and government affairs firm.

Gerlach joined the Ways and Means Committee in 2011, and served on the Select Revenue and Health Subcommittees during that time. With tax reform possibly high on the agenda in the 114th Congress, and Republicans in charge of both chambers, Gerlach’s experience could come in handy at Venable.  Full story

December 16, 2014

Scott Weaver to Head Public Policy Practice at Wiley Rein | Downtown Moves

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Weaver, center, back in the day when he first came to the Hill to work for Sullivan. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Scott Weaver has been promoted to lead the day-to-day operations of the Public Policy Practice at Wiley Rein LLP. Weaver previously served as the firm’s senior public policy adviser and will serve as co-chair of the Practice Group along with ex-Rep. Jim Slattery, D-Kan., who joined the firm in 2009.

Weaver said the firm has traditional strengths in government contracts, trade, health care, telecommunications and insurance. “We hope to add additional capabilities in the national security, energy, tax, oversight and investigations, and transportation sectors, as well as foreign affairs,” he said in an email to CQ Roll Call. Full story

December 9, 2014

Clark Geduldig Adds GOP Energy Lobbyist Mike Catanzaro

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Catanzaro is moving on to Clark Geduldig. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The all-GOP lobbying shop Clark Geduldig Cranford & Nielsen is picking up a new energy policy hire with ties to House and Senate Republicans.

Mike Catanzaro, who previously handled energy and environmental issues for Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, and once worked as an aide on the Senate Environment and Public Works panel, will join the firm in the coming weeks. Full story

November 18, 2014

Erica Elliott Couldn’t Quit the Press | Downtown Moves

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Elliott recently moved from Crowell and Moring to Franklin Square Capital Partners. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ask Erica Elliott what she’s looking forward to in her new role as vice president of public affairs for Franklin Square Capital Partners and she’ll tell you she’s excited about the future of the company she’s moving to. Give her another chance and she’ll add another reason that likely won’t surprise the Washington press corps that worked with her when she was in now-House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office.

She’s excited to work with journalists again.

The 31-year-old, who moved to D.C. from Atlanta in 2008 to look for a public policy job, left the Capitol halls in January, much to the dismay of her counterparts with notepads and recorders. She set up shop at Crowell and Moring, then shortly after the elections announced she was headed to Franklin Square. ”I’m most looking forward to talking to reporters that cover the financial services again,” Elliott said. “You really have to know your stuff to engage with them.” Full story

October 10, 2014

Dave DenHerder Starts at FP1 Strategies | Downtown Moves

Differences between national political campaigns and corporate or public affairs campaigns are slim these days.

That’s according to Iowa native Dave DenHerder, who is settling into his new role as a partner with FP1 Strategies this week after finishing nine years at Burson-Marsteller, including his most recent position as the U.S. CEO of the firm.

“The landscape of communications, be it political communications or corporate communications is changing,” DenHerder said in a phone interview Tuesday — his first day with FP1 Strategies — before catching a flight to London. “If you think about the way that corporations or businesses are running their communications, it is very similar to the way you run a presidential campaign.”

His experience bolsters his opinion. Full story

October 6, 2014

Josh Cook Settles in at BerlinRosen | Downtown Moves

There are a lot of things that can change campaigns: Your candidate’s opponent says he “likes to fire people;” the Supreme Court upholds key parts of your candidate’s signature legislative piece; the opponent says he has “binders full of women.”

More than that, though, campaign teams need to get voters excited about the issues they think are important. For Josh Cook, the former Pennsylvania digital director for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign who became vice president of digital engagement at the New York City firm BerlinRosen in July, getting voters is one of the best parts of the job.

“You had to get people excited about any number of issues,” Cook said over the phone. “It’s not one policy, it’s not one platform … you have to get people excited about veterans’ issues, about women’s rights, about education, you name it. It’s fun, it’s a challenge every day.” Full story

September 15, 2014

Lobbyist Thomas H. Boggs Jr. Dies at Age 73

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Boggs died of an apparent heart attack (CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Thomas Boggs Jr., partner at Patton Boggs, a major lobbying firm in Washington, died Monday at the age of 73.

The Washington Post first reported the news that Boggs died at his home in Chevy Chase, Md. Boggs’ sister, journalist Cokie Roberts, told the Post that her brother died of an apparent heart attack.

Boggs joined Patton Boggs as a partner in 1966 and became one of the must influential lawyers and lobbyists in Washington. His firm merged earlier this year with Squire Sanders to become Squire Patton Boggs.

Journalist Carl Bernstein wrote in 1998 that Boggs was “Washington’s premier agent of influence.”

Boggs’ family has been influential in Washington since the mid-20th Century. His father, Thomas Hale Boggs Sr., served in Congress for nearly 60 years and was the House majority leader until his disappearance while on a flight to Alaska in 1972. Following her husband’s death, Corinne Claiborne “Lindy” Boggs joined the House, where she served for more than 15 years. She died last year.

Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, whose father, Rep. Nick Begich, D-Alaska, was on the same fateful Alaska plane as the senior Boggs, released the following statement about the junior Boggs’ death: “I was saddened to learn of the passing of respected lawyer and advocate Tommy Boggs. Our two families have known each other for a long time and have been through much together.  Tommy was a larger than life personality in the nation’s Capitol, yet was gracious and generous and visited Alaska at my invitation. My family will always have a special connection to the Hale Boggs family, including the late Congresswoman Lindy Boggs. Deborah and I will be keeping them in our thoughts.”

Boggs made an unsuccessful run for Congress in 1970. But since then he has wielded considerable power in Washington. Patton Boggs now employs nearly 350 lawyers around the world. Boggs himself represented dozens of corporations, state and foreign governments and trade associations.

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September 8, 2014

Niger Innis Hopes to Expand Tea Party Base and Influence | Downtown Moves

With an eye on looming legislative battles over immigration, the Export-Import Bank and foreign policy, Niger Innis is on a mission to prove that the tea party is still a force to be reckoned with on Capitol Hill.

“Liberals and GOP political elites alike have simultaneously assailed the tea party movement as racist, radical, and now irrelevant,” Innis said in a July statement announcing that he is the new executive director of TheTeaParty.net, one of the country’s largest tea party organizations.

An African-American man raised in Harlem, Innis plans to prove those commentators wrong by promoting an inclusive message. Full story

August 11, 2014

Antonia Ferrier Settles Into New Role at Forbes-Tate | Downtown Moves

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Ferrier, at her new Forbes-Tate digs downtown. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Veteran Capitol Hill staffer Antonia Ferrier is still adjusting to her new role as a lobbyist.

The energetic former staffer is now a senior vice president at Forbes-Tate, a public policy consulting firm in D.C. Although Ferrier is excited about her new job, she said, “the Senate and the Hill will always feel a little bit like home.”

Ferrier is not able to use her Hill contacts for business yet, because staffers-turned-lobbyists are banned from contacting colleagues for one year. But she can use her experience in both chambers to advise clients about the right time to lobby lawmakers. “As a consultant you just help provide the right context, the right background, the right knowledge to help them determine whether to engage or not,” Ferrier said. Full story

August 4, 2014

McCain Staffer Rachael Dean Lands at Javelin | Downtown Moves

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Dean, seen here in the Russell Senate Office Building. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Seven years ago, 20-year-old Rachael Dean entered the doors of Sen. John McCain’s campaign war room just as the Arizona Republican’s presidential race was getting off the ground.

Now Dean, who first started as an intern, has left her post as press secretary in McCain’s press shop to take a shot at working in the private sector. After going from tackling graveyard shifts in campaign war rooms to fending off feeding frenzies beside McCain at the 2012 Republican Convention, she starts Monday at Alexandria-based Javelin, a public relations, literary and digital agency started by two Donald Rumsfeld team alumni.

When Dean hit it off with founders Keith Urbahn and Matt Latimer, she decided to make the switch to Javelin — seeing the move as “the perfect next step.” Dean said Javelin, whose past projects include revamping Foreign Policy’s website, treats every client with careful precision. Full story

July 17, 2014

John Devaney Set to Take Leadership Role at Perkins Coie | Downtown Moves

John Devaney, who will soon become the new managing partner of law firm Perkins Coie, has some big shoes to fill.

The law firm — whose clients include a collection of high-profile Democrats — announced earlier this month the change in the firm’s leadership. Come the new year, Devaney will replace Bob Giles, who has served as chairman for the past 28 years and will still act as an adviser to the firm.

“After being led by a strong leader for 28 years, its going to be a challenge to fill the shoes of someone who has been at the helm of this firm for so long,” Devaney told CQ Roll Call. Full story

July 15, 2014

Former Hill Staffer Tom Downs Heads to Venable | Downtown Moves

Venable law firm has added yet another former Capitol Hill staffer to its practice. The firm announced Tuesday that Tom Downs, a former chief of staff and legislative aide, will be joining the firm from Patton Boggs (now Squire Patton Boggs).

Before joining Patton Boggs, Downs served as chief of staff for former Rep. George Hochbrueckner, D-N.Y. He also worked as a legislative aide for former Rep. Martin Olav Sabo, D-Minn., who chaired the House Budget Committee.

In a statement announcing the hire, Venable touted Downs as an addition to their “deep bench of Capitol Hill veterans,” which includes former Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., and Andrew Olmem, who was chief counsel and deputy staff director at the Senate Banking Committee during the 2008 financial crisis.

“The firm has an all-star roster of former government officials — the very advisers who understand and can guide clients through the most challenging and sensitive legislative and executive branch issues,” Downs said in a statement.

Downs also brings that insider knowledge to the table in his new position as a partner in legislative and government affairs in D.C.

According to Venable’s statement, he will be working with “government entities, corporations, nonprofits and educational institutions” on issues pertaining to congressional funding and public-private partnerships.

July 11, 2014

McKenna Long & Aldridge Hires Gen. Walter Sharp To Extend Asian Presence | Downtown Moves

Moving to expand its clout in Asia, law firm McKenna Long & Aldridge has hired retired Gen. Walter L. “Skip” Sharp, a well-seasoned Korea expert who once served as commander of U.S. forces in South Korea from 2008 to 2011. Sharp will serve as a strategic adviser for the firm as it continues to establish offices throughout Asia.

Sharp’s longstanding relationships with major Korean corporations — as well as his military career in the country — will help develop the firm in Korea, McKenna Chairman Jeff Haidet said in a statement announcing Sharp’s hire.

Full story

By Cady Zuvich Posted at 1:09 p.m.
Downtown Moves

June 27, 2014

Mercury Public Affairs Adds Chris Mottola | Downtown Moves

Mercury Public Affairs added to its wave of high-profile hires made within the past year Friday, announcing that GOP media consultant Chris Mottola will join the firm’s team, bringing his consulting company Chris Mottola Inc. along with him.

“Joining Mercury affords me the chance to work with a truly smart group of people who are experts in research, and understand how to translate the numbers attached to policy and politics into great creative content,” Mottola said in a statement.

The addition of Mottola, the late Sen. Arlen Specter’s longtime media consultant, continues the public firm’s expansion as several notable figures, including former diplomat Erin Pelton, have been hired within the past few months. With Mercury looking to hone its media capability, Mottola will head the paid media operations firm from his headquarters in Philadelphia.

Mottola’s past clients include such Republican heavy-hitters as former President George W. Bush, Sen. John McCain of Arizona and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Mottola is a national award-winning producer of campaign ads, and has owned his media consulting firm for 28 years. His work for Specter took place in the Pennsylvania senator’s stints as both Republican and Democrat.

“Chris Mottola’s decade of work in campaign ads and political consulting is known throughout the United States,” CEO Kieran Mahoney said in a statement on the firm’s new hire. “We have worked with Chris for many years, and have seen his talents contribute to myriad successful campaign wins.”

By Cady Zuvich Posted at 4:31 p.m.
Downtown Moves

June 24, 2014

Betsy Mullins Named President and CEO of Women’s Campaign Fund, She Should Run

The Women’s Campaign Fund and its nonprofit arm She Should Run announced Tuesday that Betsy Mullins will be its new CEO and president, directing the sister organizations in their shared mission of increasing women’s political participation at all levels of government.

“WCF has a proud legacy of bipartisan innovation,” said Mullins in a statement on joining the organization. “I look forward to expanding on that legacy and applying 21st century tools to building a government that harnesses the full potential of our nation’s diverse population.” Siobhan Bennett, who previously led the fund, stepped down in November.

Georgia Berner, chairwoman of the pair organizations’ board of directors, announced in a statement that Mullins’ hiring comes after an “exhaustive search.” Full story

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