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Repeal effort defines GOP House debut

MSNBC.com

By Tom Curry

“The repeal vote is easy compared to what you do to ‘replace,'” Rosen said.  He said, “There’s going to be some effort to put up Republican ideas” whether it’s the Ryan plan or a plan Boehner offered last year which stressed curbs on medical malpractice lawsuits and other reforms to make insurance less expensive.”

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Washington Watch: Healthcare Law to Get Early GOP Hit

MedPage Today

By Emily P. Walker

“Repeal would likely clear the House, particularly with the help of the new Tea Party members.  And some House Democrats would likely cross the aisle and vote down the bill, Dean Rosen, the former lead health adviser to then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, told MedPage Today.

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Bingel: Democrats Must Listen to the Voters They Lost

Roll Call

By Kelly Bingel

“Many writers have offered their views on why Democrats lost so many seats in Congress.  As a Southerner who still defines herself as a Democrat despite being pro-life and fiscally conservative, I’m most concerned about why my party lost 23 seats in the South and 19 in the Midwest.  It seems my party has forgotten how to talk to people like me.” …

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Republicans Dust Off a Little-Used Tool to Go After Overhaul Rules

CQ.com

By Rebecca Adams

“Even if an attempt to use the CRA is not successful, it does, as Sen Enzi’s attempt showed, provided another vehicle to highlight genuine concerns about a regulation,” said Dean Rosen, partner at Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen Bingel & Thomas Inc., who served as the top health adviser to former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn.”…

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Lobbying firms to watch in the next Congress

The Daily Caller

By Alexis Levinson

As would seem obvious, lobbyists are more popular when their party is in power.  “As a bipartisan firm we’ve stayed quite busy tese past two years,” said Bruce Mehlman, co-founder of Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti, Inc., “but there’s no doubt our Republicans’ phones are ringing a lot more in November than they were in October.”…

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Key Democrats backs repeal of 1099 paperwork burden

Phoenix Business Journal

By Kent Hoover

“Republicans could, however, try to attack health care reform by denying the Obama administration funds to implement it. For example, the House could attach from using funds to enforce the individual mandate, said Dean Rosen…”

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Device tax seen as invisible in healthcare repeal efforts————————————-

Medical Device Daily

By Mark McCarthy

Seconding that viewpoint, albeit with some reservations, was Dean Rosen, a partner with the lobbying firm of Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti (MVC; Washington), who commented that the device tax issue “points out two interesting broader questions.” One of these, he said is the question of how any changes to PPACA are presented. “How are they positioned?” in the public’s view, he asked.  He noted that Congress will not succeed in selling any changes to the public unless “a number of those industry fees…can be portrayed as things that are going to increase the cost of underlying products and hence boost healthcare insurance premiums or cost-sharing.”

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GOP is spoiling for a healthcare fight

Los Angeles Times

By Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau

“The next couple of years, in some ways, become about the 2012 elections, “Republican healthcare lobbyist Dean Rosen said last week at an Alliance for Health Reform briefing in Washington.

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Republican Lobbyists on Rise Again

Politico

By Chris Frates

“Of course, some of the lobbying world’s most recognizable names will very likely see a bump in buisness. After all, it doesn’t hurt that Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti’s Bruce mehlman cut his teeth as a general counsel to the National Republican Congressional Committee and the Republican Conference.”

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Republicans Likely to Target Individual Mandate, but Results Uncertain, Panel Says

BNA

Dean Rosen, a partner at the lobbying group Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti and former health care adviser to then-Senate Majority leader William H. Frist (R-Tenn.), said he does not think such a scenario would necessarily be problematic for Republicans, though, if they are serious about blocking the law and trying a different approach.  “I’m not sure there’s the huge political risk, except to the extent that it may raise costs under the current structure – but they don’t buy into the current structure,” he said.

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No Safe Harbor: The new House will take aim at the health care law. But it’s hardly clear the Senate can protect it.———————————-

National Journal

By Matthew Dobias

“The Senate Finance Committee may not be a graveyard, but it is a place to be avoided,” said Dean Rosen, a partner with Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti and the health care advisor to then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn. “Or it might be a place where things go for a hearing but never go beyond that.”

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What Does a GOP-Controlled House mean for Health Care Reform?

PBS NEWSHOUR

By Lea Winerman

Republicans hope that the congressional hearings they’ll convene will “keep alive in minds of American people that this is a raw deal,” says Dean Rosen, the former chief health care advisor to then-Senate Majority Leader Williams Frist, R-Tenn. “Because this really becomes about what happens after 2012, when the Republicans hope they can take over the Senate and Presidency.”

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Republicans Look Likely to Win Control of House

MedPage Today

By Emily P. Walker - Washington Correspondent

“It sure seems like Republicans have a good shot at taking the House, looks like they’ll come close, but not quite take the Senate,” predicted Dean Rosen, the former lead health advisor to then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.

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Moderate Republican Who Voted “Yes” on Climate Law Is Brought Down in Delaware

SolveClimate News

By Elizabeth McGowan

“Whether enough tea party candidates will be elected in November and form a significant voting bloc that can away climate or energy is the $64,000 question,” said Jon Hoganson, a former House staffer who is now a principal with the Washington lobbying firm Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen Bingel & Thomas Inc. “Right now, the Republican’s feel…”

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MVC Partner, Dean Rosen, was named to a prestigious health care reform implementation panel

National Academy of Social Insurance

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Business groups praise export plan, but want more

Phoenix Business Journal

By Kent Hoover

“To double our exports, U.S. companies need worldwide operations and supply chains that span the globe,” said Bruce Mehlman, the council’s executive director. “Tax policies that increase the burden on U.S. companies’ global operations make American workers less competitive and undermine export-led economic recovery.”

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Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association Elects Stacey Rampy

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association

By Jill Talley

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA) has elected Stacey Rampy, principal with Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen Bingel & Thomas Inc., to its Board of Directors.

“Stacey’s substantive knowledge of health care issues and considerable public policy experience will help SCAA expand its legislative presence as we continue to raise awareness, create safer and healthier communities and work to eliminate unnecessary deaths from sudden cardiac arrest.” said Rober J. Schriever, chairman of SCAA’s board of directors.

As a principal at one of Washington, D.C.’s most highly regarded government affairs firms, Rampy builds bipartisan coalitions to enact or shape legislation, develop policy and provide regulatroy and strategic advice…

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Firms offer Tasty Morsels to Blue Dogs’ Top Aides

Roll Call

By Anna Palmer

“Any effective lobbying organization needs to have ties with the Blue Dogs because any time a deal I cut on any federal spending bill you can be assured the Blue Dogs are going to be right in the middle of the debate,” said Kelly Bingel of Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen Bingel & Thomas Inc. Bingel served as chief of staff for Sen. Blanche Lincoln (Ark.)

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Lobbyists Circling Lincoln, Harkin

Roll Call

By Kate Ackley

“We have had several different folks reach out to us,” Bingel said, noting that last week the firm was retained by the International Dairy Food Association. “In the business we’re in, you always want to grow your business.”

The ag lobbying world, she noted, has often been viewed as predominantly male. The rise of Lincoln, the first woman to head the panel, may change that. “While it’s typically been an area dominated by older white males, and typically Republicans, there might be some room for some expansion there,” she said.

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Obama’s Speech Leaves Room For Snowe’s Compromise To Putt Off Public Option

KHN: Kaiser Health News

By Eric Pianin and Mary Agnes Carery

“Creating a trigger could cause problems in the marketplace, said Dean A. Rosen, who was a chief health care advisor to former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn.

I worry that once you have that mechanism in place it could be triggered by the government or by Congress in the future by lower criteria or different criteria.,” he said. “What happens once the government comes in after a certain number of years? If it went away how would it go away? If it went away would that be disruptive to coverage?”

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Health debate

World Magazine

But such bills will die in the current Congress. And, despite recent roadblocks, Dean Rosen, a former Republican healthcare advisor, believes that the chances of Democrats passing some type of healthcare legislation are still good. “Failure is not an option given how far out the president and congressional leaders have gone,” he said.

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Coalition pushes for open source in government

SD Times

By Alex Handy

As its first significant act, the coalition has engaged Washington lobbying firm Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti to represent its interests.

“Open-source software can help deliver improved government service–plain and simple–and the administration recognizes this more than any in our nation’s history,” said David Thomas, principal with Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti.

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Young K Street Guns Flexing Muscle on Capital Hill

CQ Politics

By Jonathan Allen

The Majority Under 40, a hotshot set of young Democratic lobbyists, is showing signs of attaining political maturity.  Specifically, they’ve gained an audience with Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, next Wednesday.

The confab with Van Hollen, who has been expanding his outreach to K street, suggests that the Majority Under 40 is becoming more influential as it establishes relationships with the new members of Congress.

David Thomas, a co-founder of the group, said it was created two-and-a-half years ago to “help the incoming members of the last class develop their networks and adjust to life in Washington.”

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Sotomayor Piles Up Senate Meetings As Hearing Nears

Congress Daily

By Dan Friedman

If successful, the meetings can energize supporters and soften foes, said Jamie Brown, a former Bush White House legislative affairs aide who accompanied and helped prepare Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito for their Senate meetings.

“If a nominee has a compelling personal story, a compelling personality and comes across as likable … it’s going to impact the way that they are questioned” in the hearing, Brown said.

Brown and Rachel Brand, who as assistant attorney general helped prepare Roberts and Alito, said each met with more than 80 senators.

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Facebook Makes Hill Presence Official

Congress Daily - Tech Daily Dose

In the first quarter of 2009, Yahoo disclosed $460,000 in lobbying expenditures toward a range of topics including organized retail crime, Internet advertising and online child protection. In addition, Yahoo worked with outside lobbyists like Kountoupes Consulting; Ryan, MacKinnon, Vasapoli and Berzo; Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti and others.

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Consumers Favor Internet Over Cell Phone and Cable TV According to New Study From Pew Research Center

PR Newswire

“Flexibility in a national broadband plan is key as we learn more from broadband mapping and from the return on initial stimulus investments,” said IIA Co-Chairman Bruce Mehlman. “The best strategy will start by examining where we stand today and then identify policies to get us where we want to be, which ultimately is achieving our goal of 100 percent broadband adoption across the U.S.”

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Suite Talk June 16, 2009

Politico

By Ariel Alexovich and Chris Frates

Suite Talk hears that Cindy Brown, longtime chief of staff to Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.), is leaving Capitol Hill for a job at Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti.

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Personal Changes

Wash Reps Weekly

Cynthia Brown has joined Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti. She was previously Chief of Staff to Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI).

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Making Broadband Dollars Count: Maximizing Our Return on the Feds’ High-Speed Internet Investments

Roll Call

By Bruce Mehlman and Larry Irving

Bruce Mehlman and Larry Irving are of co-chairmen the Internet Innovation Alliance. Mehlman served as assistant secretary of Commerce for technology policy in the Bush administration, and Irving served as assistant secretary of Commerce for communications and information in the Clinton administration.

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Health Care Reform Faces Its ‘Super Bowl Moment’ Bara Vaida

National Journal

On its roster of six hired-gun lobbying firms are the Capitol Health Group; Davis & Harman; the Duberstein Group; HC Associates; Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti; and Stephanie Wenkert Kanwit.

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Tax-break repeal seen costing jobs Sean Lengell

Washington Times

Bruce Mehlman, TCC executive director, said the White House should be credited with numerous schemes which advocate investment, however, limiting the tax deferral initiative is to the detriment of US businesses.

‘We cannot expect to lead the world in high-tech by marrying the world’s best innovation infrastructure with the world’s most confiscatory corporate tax structure,’ he said.

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‘Tax Deferral’ Change Would Cause U.S. Job and Investment Loss, New Economic Report Projects

PR Newswire (press release)

“The Obama Administration deserves credit for many initiatives to promote investment and innovation,” said Bruce Mehlman, Executive Director of the TCC, a group made up of high-tech CEOs focused on policies that strengthen American competitiveness. “But we cannot expect to lead the world in high tech by marrying the world’s best innovation infrastructure with the world’s most confiscatory corporate tax structure.”

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UPDATE 1- Tech cos enlist Democrat to blast Obama tax plan

Reuters

“It’s the no. 1 issue in Washington for a majority of high tech leaders at a time when there is a lot on the table in Washington,” said Bruce Mehlman, executive director of the Technology CEO Council, which also includes chiefs from Intel and Hewlett-Packard.

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Obama’s online network enlisted to support health care reform, Sotomayor Frank Davies

Mercury News Washington Bureau

Online organizing “still comes down to what you’re selling,” said Bruce Mehlman, a tech lobbyist who was assistant secretary of commerce in the Bush administration. “Obama, as an idea, was wildly popular. Will that work with health care reform?”

Mehlman is skeptical, but he added that a network of 13 million backers should not be discounted: “In the election, they mastered the tools better than anyone has so far.”

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This Time Around, Health Care Debate Much Different

CQ Today Online News (part II of Special Report from CQ Healthbeat)

By Rebecca Adams

“Some of the change is a realization that there’s a business case to be made here” for pursuing changes, said Dean Rosen, a health industry consultant at the lobbying firm of Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti who served as a longtime GOP aide on Capitol Hill. “You have a system where the number of uninsured continues to climb.”

“There’s a feeling in health reform that there are these moments where there are alignments, and if you don’t seize this, it may be another five or 10 years before the opportunity comes again,” said Rosen. “Then the public may be more open to government involvement, and maybe single-payer folks will be in a better position to win the day.”

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‘Harry and Louise’: Bit Players Or Lethal Weapons?

CQ Today Online News

By Rebecca Adams

“There is the simplistic, straight story and the nuanced version,” said Dean Rosen, a partner at Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti who was a Senate GOP aide at the time and later worked for the now-defunct organization that ran the ads, the Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA).

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Sotomayor cleared prior Senate hurdles

The Washington Times

By Stephen Dinan

Still, Jamie Brown, a former Bush administration official who helped prepare both Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. for their confirmations, said getting ready for Supreme Court hearings is more intense than preparing for other nomination hearings.

She said that in the other levels of hearings, when a nominee is asked about privacy or another thorny issue, “the standard answer for a circuit nominee is if they were confirmed, they would look to Supreme Court precedent and apply the law.”

“She would need to have a complete meltdown,” Ms. Brown said.

“It’s not about changing the substance of their answers, it’s about tone and style,” said Ms. Brown.

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Top Lobbyists: Hired Guns

The Hill

By The Hill Staff

David Castagnetti, Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti. Castagnetti is a well-respected Democrat that solidified his ties to Capitol Hill as congressional liaison for the 2004 Kerry presidential campaign.

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Rural America goes ultra-digital

Fortune Magazine

By Anu Partanen

“If regulations are onerous, then yes, it will slow down investment,” says Bruce Mehlman, co-chairman of the Internet Innovation Alliance, a trade group.

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Can Technology Provide A Greener Path To Prosperity?

CQ Politics

By Elizabeth Wasserman

“One thing that’s clear to me both from the Obama proposals and those in Congress is that technology and innovation are the only viable long-term solutions to America’s energy challenge,” said Bruce Mehlman, executive director of the Technology CEO Council, an industry group that’s promoting green technologies.

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Techies Get Friendly White House Reception

Roll Call

By Keith Koffler

On the Obama Corridor, sources point to an in-crowd with particularly tight ties to the Obama folks.  Among them is Bruce Mehlman of Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen Bingel & Thomas Inc. – ironically a Bush administration alumnus who is executive director of the Technology CEO Council, which includes several CEOs who met with Obama.  Mehlman’s partner David Castagnetti is also close to the former Clintonites who make up Obama’s staff.  And Jon Hoganson, a principal at the firm, worked for White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel for five years and is viewed as a key conduit to the White House.  Hoganson has performed a critical role in building the type of relations between the White House and the tech officials that led to Wednesday’s CEO summit.

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High Tech Industry sees Obama as an Ally

The Hill

By Kevin Bogardus

“By surrounding yourself with people like Julius, you clearly seek advisers who are bullish on using technology to solve national problems,” said Bruce Mehlman, founding partner of Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti.

Mehlman, a former assistant secretary for technology policy at the Commerce Department in the Bush administration, noted Obama’s support for using technology to lower healthcare costs and clean up the environment in particular.

In addition, Obama has argued that a tax credit for research and development should be permanent, a perennial goal for tech lobbyists, and has also spoken of the need for increased government funding on technology programs.”

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Emanuel Has His K Street Ties

Roll Call

By Anna Palmer

“As Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel (Ill.) prepares to become President-elect Obama’s chief of staff, he won’t just be taking his Rolodex of Capitol hill contacts.

He will also have number of K Street allies who expect to have a leg up lobbying a White House that has signaled it will keep influence peddlers at arm’s length.

Emanuel has also been known to consult with, … David Castagnetti of Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti …Only two aides, Jonathan Hoganson and Robert Getzoff, have turned to lobbying. Hoganson, former legislative director and policy director at the House Democratic Caucus, is now at Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti.”

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McCain’s Tech Agenda to Focus On Free Market, Investment

CNNMoney.com

“A technology policy agenda that doesn’t include high-skilled immigration is incomplete,” said Bruce Mehlman, a former Bush administration Commerce Department official on technology issues.”

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50 Politicos to Watch

Politico

By Jamie Brown - Position: Principal, Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti

Reason to Watch: Brown was the first in-house lobbyist for Google before she joined Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti. She brings Republican ties and tech savvy to the firm.

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Outside Influences – In The Pink

Congress Daily

By Fawn Johnson

“We’re now in a period where at least everyone is a little bit at risk,” said Dean Rosen, a lobbyist who was health aide for former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn.

Rosen, now a partner at the lobby shop Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti, said providers generally avoid outright trash-talking about others to head off cuts in their own backyards. “Everyone has got to make their case based on the merits,” he said.”

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Courting Clients

The Hill

By Kevin Bogardus

“As part of the team responsible for shepherding President Bush’s Supreme Court nominees through the confirmation process, Jamie Brown had to know where senators stood on weighty constitutional issues like privacy rights and habeas corpus.

Brown was key element of the White House’s legislative team that helped earn the confirmation for both Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito.

Having been tested by Supreme Court nomination process, Brown has taken those skills and contacts to K Street for a variety of clients at her firm.

That crucible proved good training for K Street, Brown believes. She met several times with more than 80 Senators, and earned a degree of trust she can rely on when heading to the Hill. In addition, the strategies associated with passing legislation are not that different than those involved with convincing lawmakers to sign off on a court nominee, Brown said.

“Not everyone in Washington, when you deal with them, is above board and plays it straight,’ said Preet Bharara, Sen. Charles Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) chief counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“She was a huge asset to the administration,” Bharara said. “Charm helps, and she has it.”

“[In] what was at timed an incredibly difficult period, she helped Google put a footprint down here and did it in the right way,” said Bob Boorstin, a former national security speechwriter for President Bill Clinton and current director of policy and communication at Google. “Jamie understands the way Washington works.”

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CBO Scoring Just Another Lobby Target

Roll Call

By Kate Ackley

In such case, lobbyist Dean Rosen, who runs the health care practice at Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti, said he found a receptive audience. His client, Medicare Cost Contractor Alliance, felt the data the CBO used to score a program was outdated. The group hired an actuary firm and made its case to the CBO.

“It’s very difficult to try to spin stuff with the CBO,” Rosen said. “We went in and met with the CBO to talk to them about the methodology. I’m not saying they bought everything we had, but I think we filled a gap by modernizing the study methodology.” The final score came out this year lower than the original estimate, Rosen said.”

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Some of K Street’s Best Links to the Democrats

CQ Weekly

David Castagnetti is a partner in bipartisan firm, Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti and has expertise in telecommunication, energy, trade, and other issues from his days as an aide in the House to Norman Y. Mineta of California and Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts and in the Senate to Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus of Montana.

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Breaking the Fast

Roll Call

By Kate Ackley

Grown-Ups. The group Majority Under 40, started by several under-age-40 Democratic lobbyists earlier this year as a way to get to know their party’s freshman class, is turning 21 – sort of.

David Thomas, a founder of the network and a lobbyist with Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti, said Majority Under 40 has held 20 meet- and – greet breakfasts with Members…“ What I’m excited about is we got halfway through the class in less than halfway through the Congress,” Thomas said.

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