Dickstein Shapiro Losses $2 Million Lorillard Tobacco Account
Posted at 4:53 p.m. on July 12
A major Washington lobbying firm reported it is no longer lobbying for a top tobacco company, which usually paid the firm $2 million a year.
Dickstein Shapiro LLP, filed a termination report report on Friday indicating, as of July 11, it will no longer be lobbying for Lorillard Tobacco Company. The firm had earlier reported it had been paid $500,000 for lobbying during the second quarter of 2014.
During the last four quarters, Lorillard paid the firm $2,670,000. Since 1999, Lorillard has paid the firm $31.8 million for lobbying the federal government. View multi-year lobbying totals for Dickstein Shapiro’s Lorillard work.
Dickstein Shapiro lobbied for Lorillard on the issues of tobacco, taxes, health, and appropriations.
Dickstein Shapiro also filed terminations for over thirty other lobbying clients, effective on July 11th. These included the following companies listed with the amount Dickstein was paid in the second quarter of 2014 for lobbying: Peabody Energy ($220,000); Bayer Corporation ($90,000); Covanta Energy Corporation ($90,000); Intuit Inc. ($60,000); VeriMed LLC ($60,000); American College of Rheumatology ($60,000); United States Telecom Association ($50,000); Swisher International Inc. ($40,000); Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Employee Benefits Pool ($40,000); Emergent Biosolutions ($40,000); FireEye Inc. ($40,000); among many others.
There have been staff reductions at the Dickstein Shapiro firm this year, and this past week more than a dozen lawyers and lobbyists jumped to the Greenberg Traurig law and lobbying firm. The Public Policy and Political Law practice at Dickstein Shapiro will now be run by former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., and Scott Thomas, former chairman of the Federal Election Commission.
Lobbyists leaving Dickstein Shapiro for Greenberg Traurig included Andrew Zausner, Rob Mangas, former Sen. Tim Hutchinson, R-Ark., former Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., and former Rep. Albert Wynn, D-Md. All were Dickstein’s lobbyists for the Lorillard Tobacco account.