Original Source: www.politico.com
EXCLUSIVE … GOP STAFF AND LOBBYIST PREP STAFF ON LAW: House GOP Conference Secretary John Carter (R-Texas) isn’t relying only on staff to help brief aides on how to use the Congressional Review Act. He’s also asked GOP lobbyist Eric Ueland to present at the meeting Sept. 14 that will “provide Republican legislative and communications staff with an overview of the law and procedural mechanics,” according to an email alert sent out earlier this week.
While Ueland is lobbying the implementation of the health care law and the Dodd-Frank banking reform legislation for clients like the Bank of New York Mellon, PhRMA, HealthNet and Goldman Sachs, Carter spokesman John Stone said he doesn’t see any conflict of interest.
“We invited him because we wanted some of the original authors,” Stone said. “This is not on any one specific issue. This is across the board. … It’s one of the few tools we actually have to put these things back on the president’s desk.”
Carter is a big proponent of using the CRA to stop implementation of agency rules.
Ueland was one of the original authors of the Congressional Review Act when he was serving as chief of staff to then-Sen. Don Nickles (R-Okla.), according to Stone.
For his part, Ueland responded in an email that he was asked to “talk a little bit about the development of the CRA and its history since enactment.”
He added: “Having been asked to discuss the CRA’s development and history at the briefing. … I plan to do just that.”
IF I CAN MAKE IT THERE: I can make it anywhere. … That appears to be House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy’s motto for his “Congress Broadway Weekend” fundraiser in the Big Apple. The California Republican is hosting a fundraising weekend in December that includes a dinner at Carmine’s before a night out on the town for “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and the next day a performance of “Anything Goes” before a reception at the NASDAQ, according to a recent fundraising invitation. The cost: $2,500.
McCarthy is no newbie on the fundraising circuit. He was the top fundraiser for PACs and other committees among House incumbents for the first six months of 2011, bringing in more than $1 million, according to the FEC. Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) and Eric Cantor (R-Va.) rounded out the top three, bringing in about $915,000 and $902,000, respectively, over the same time period.
DEMS RUSH FOR CASH: A handful of House Dems are hosting events before Congress returns post-Labor Day. Reps. Mark Critz of Pennsylvania, Henry Cuellar of Texas, Rush Holt of New Jersey, Lacy Clay of Missouri and Ruben Hinojosa of Texas, are all scheduled to host fundraisers before the end of August looking to bring in cash at everything from Critz’s golf outing to Cuellar’s breakfast at Palenque Grill in Laredo, Texas.
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Funny thing about Syracuse University, a private school with about 13,500 undergrads: It houses one of the more active federal lobbying operations in the nation among U.S. colleges. Through the first half of this year, SU has spent $130,00 lobbying the federal government — more than what most colleges spend in a year. And its interests are wide-ranging, as it has this year advocated for:
* Increased science, technology, engineering and math education funding (and oppose "cuts in funding to federal student aid programs.")
* Concurrent enrollment, where high school students take college courses
* Pell Grant maximums
* Restoring the GI Bill Fairness Act
* Full funding of State Department exchange programs
* Passage of the DREAM Act
* Development of biodiesel fuel in Afghanistan
* Patent reform
* S. 493, the Small Business Innovation Research bill
* The U.S. Institute of Peace
* NPR funding and "to vote against any legislation which would prohibit the use of federal funds for NPR."
TYSON JUMPS TO NAFCU: Karen Tyson, senior VP of communications at the Independent Community Bankers of America, has joined the National Association of Federal Credit Unions. Tyson will be the trade group’s new senior vice president of marking and communications, effective Sept. 1. She replaces Jay Morris, who left earlier this month after 11 years with NAFCU to start his own public relations firm. Tyson has also worked for the National Association of Mortgage Brokers and the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting.
HDMK HIRES FERNANDEZ: Christin Fernandez, former Fox News producer, has joined HDMK as a senior associate.
HTC ADDS K STREET REACH: HTC, which only this year set up its D.C. operation under the helm of former top T-Mobile lobbyist Amy Wolverton, has added K&L Gates to tackle spectrum, privacy, broadband and international trade, according to a new Senate lobbying filing. The pickup means HTC will have the help of former Rep. James Walsh, who served as deputy Republican whip from 1994 to 2006 and led top House appropriations subcommittees. (h/t Tony Romm)
EVERY LITTLE BIT: The Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama this week made a $1,500 independent expenditure — a print advertisement — in opposition to the leader of the free world’s reelection.
NEW POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE FILINGS:
Young Republicans for a Better Florida of Jacksonville, Fla. — Treasurer:
Stephanie Zottoli (independent expenditure-only)
Reboot of Tualatin, Ore. — Treasurer: Adam J. Boettiger
Americans for Mid-Sized Banks PAC of Los Angeles, Calif. — Treasurer: Brent Tjarks
RECENT REGISTRATIONS: Nada.
Correction: Eric Ueland was one of the original authors of the Congressional Review Act when he was serving as chief of staff to then-Sen. Don Nickles (R-Okla.). A previous version had incorrect information.
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