If the lobbying world of K Street was as powerful as its public image, earmarks would be back in full force in Congress — or, maybe, they never would have gone away. The modern lobbying business was built largely on
“A senior aide to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) who was behind Republicans’ Pledge to America is leaving Capitol Hill to join one of Washington’s top-earning lobby firms.”
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
“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
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
“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
“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
“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
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,”
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
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
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
“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
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.
“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
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.
“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
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.
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
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
Lobby Shops: Republican lobbysit Jamie Brown is leaving Google to join Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti. Brown, 37, was the No. 2 hire at Google’s Washington office just over a year ago. She found the company its spiffy new digs at 1101
Earlier this year, for example, the tech-heavy immigration coalition Compete America, which had been housed at NAM, moved its base to operations to the lobbying firm Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti.
Workers Needed: With the immigration debate heating up again, tech industry honchos are hoping they can finally convince lawmakers to lift the cap on visas for the high-skilled workers they say their companies desperately need… As the lobbying push gets
Opportunity burns and other tech lobbyists point to the improvements made by tech companies in recent years. Bruce Mehlman, former assistant secretary for tech policy at the Commerce Department and founder of Mehlman, Vogel, Castagnetti, whose clients include IBM, Intel
“We don’t hire based on perceived prevailing political winds,” said Mehlman, adding, “We want to be bipartisan, but there is no quota. Our Republicans are doing everything we can to maintain Republican control. Our Democrats are doing everything they can
“Dean Rosen, a former health care aide to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and now head of the health care practice at Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti, said it would be a mistake to “overreact and do something that moves away
“CHIEF DEPARTURE. Kelly Bingel, chief of staff for Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., is joining the upstart lobbying firm of Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti … “Sen. Lincoln has been my mentor,” said Bingel, who holds a law degree from Georgetown and a
“The top liaison to Capitol Hill during the presidential campaign of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) has signed on as a partner with an up-and-coming lobbying firm run by a pair of GOP strategist who have deep connections to the White