Ducey taps Kyl to fill McCain’s seat

With David Beavers, Garrett Ross and Daniel Lippman

DUCEY TAPS KYL TO FILL McCAIN’S SEAT: “Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has selected former Republican Sen. Jon Kyl to fill the late Sen. John McCain's vacant seat, according to a source with direct knowledge of the decision,” POLITICO reports. The news was first reported by The Arizona Republic. “Jon Kyl is a dear friend of mine and John’s,” Cindy McCain wrote on Twitter early this afternoon, Eastern time. “It’s a great tribute to John that he is prepared to go back into public service to help the state of Arizona.”

— Kyl is a notable choice because he’s a registered lobbyist at Covington & Burling, which he joined after leaving the Senate. He represents the Coalition for American Retirement, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and Qualcomm, according to disclosure filings. He deregistered from representing two other clients this summer, JW Aluminum and Northrop Grumman. Kyl also recently lobbied to help Gordon Sondland, a hotel executive tapped by President Donald Trump to be ambassador to the European Union, win Senate confirmation.

FIRST IN PI SQUIRE HIRES HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE STAFFER: Dave LesStrang, who was majority clerk and staff director of the House Appropriations Interior-Environment Subcommittee, is joining Squire Patton Boggs as a principal. Before joining the House Appropriations Committee, LesStrang was manager of government affairs at EMC Corporation. His previous Hill experience also includes working as deputy chief of staff, legislative director and press secretary for former Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.). In a statement, former Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) said LesStrang’s “years of experience on Capitol Hill and knowledge of the appropriations process will be invaluable resources to our clients.”

NEW THIS AFTERNOON AMERICAN BEVERAGE ASSOCIATION SNAGS LUGAR: Katherine Lugar, the president and chief executive of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, is leaving to head up the American Beverage Association. Susan Neely, the longtime ABA president and chief executive, announced earlier this year that she would leave to lead the American Council of Life Insurers. Lugar is a K Street veteran who previously worked for the Retail Industry Leaders Association, Travelers Insurance and the National Retail Federation.

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ELIZABETH GORE TO LEAVE BROWNSTEIN: Elizabeth Gore is leaving her role as chair of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s government relations department to become senior vice president for political affairs at the Environmental Defense Fund. “I’m passionate about the mission they have,” Gore told PI. “It gets me back to my progressive roots in a very policy-oriented organization. It’s very different from what I’m doing now but I’m looking forward to this new chapter.” Gore said that no decision has been made about who will take over as department chair, but that Marc Lampkin will take on that role in the short term. Gore starts her new job Sept. 10.

AHEAD OF THE FILINGS — MONUMENT SIGNS JOHNSON AND JOHNSON: Monument Policy Group has signed Johnson & Johnson Services, for which it will lobby on “issues related to international trade, tariffs, and market access.” Johnson & Johnson Services, which spent $870,000 in the second quarter on lobbying, also has Navigators Global LLC, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Cornerstone Government Affairs, Rampy Northrup LLC, Steve Buyer Group and Covington & Burling LLP on retainer, according to disclosure filings.

SPEAKING OF TRADE LOBBYING: Section 301 tariffs continue to be a huge driver for business. Archroma U.S., a North Carolina-based chemicals company, hired Jim Massie & Partners and Michael Best Strategies signed three Wisconsin manufacturers, ECM Industries, GHL International and Primex Family of Companies, to lobby on the retaliatory tariffs against China.

IN OTHER NOTABLE REGISTRATION NEWS: Duke Energy hired CGCN Group to lobby on natural gas and electric utility issues and former Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.) is lobbying for Luis Andrade to raise “awareness in Congress of [his] unfair prosecution and imprisonment.” Andrade previously led Colombia’s infrastructure agency. “While serving in that role, he was illegitimately made the scapegoat in the Odebrecht scandal and is now under house arrest on trumped-up charges by Colombia’s Attorney General Nestor Humberto Martinez,” Mack wrote in an op-ed published in The Hill last week. “The persecution of Luis exemplifies the general backsliding of the democratic institutions of Colombia in recent years.”

CADIN STARTS AT AALU: Marc Cadin starts today as chief executive of AALU, a trade association representing life insurance underwriters. The association announced earlier this year that he would succeed David Stertzer as chief executive. Cadin was previously AALU’s chief operating officer and has worked for the trade group for nearly two decades.

NEW COALITION ALERT: The Consumer First Coalition launched last week to help implement an anti-fraud provision in May’s landmark bank deregulation bill. The provision allows financial institutions to obtain electronic consent from a consumer applying for credit to verify his or her information with the Social Security Administration. “It’s great that it was enacted but getting everything up and running in a way that’s going to be functional...that’s a core part of our mission and what we’re trying to get done,” Jason Kratovil, executive director of the coalition, told PI. “We are at step one of the process of working with SSA and industry stakeholders to chart that path forward and make sure the law gets implemented as Congress intended.” The coalition’s founding members are BBVA Compass, Citi, Discover, First National Bank of Omaha, Mastercard, Synchrony and Wells Fargo.

AMAZON RESPONDS TO SANDERS’ CRITICISMS: PI mentioned a few weeks ago that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) had sent an email to his massive list in which he wrote that Amazon’s greed “seems to have no end” and urged Jeff Bezos to pay the company’s workers a living wage. Sanders continued his assault on Amazon on Twitter last week, writing that the company pays its median employee $13.67 an hour — which Amazon said was incorrect. “.@SenSanders, the correct number for median US pay for full-time Amazon employees is $34,123,” Amazon responded. “The average hourly wage in the US for full-time associates (over 90% of associates) in our fulfillment centers, including cash, stock, and incentive bonuses, is over $15/hour.” Sanders, meanwhile, plans to introduce a bill that will address what he describes as “subsidies for low-wage employers.”

ICYMI: TOP INTERIOR STAFFER WHO WANTED TO SHRINK NATIONAL MONUMENTS JOINS BP: “For much of last year, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s deputy chief of staff pursued his agenda with vigor,” the Washington Post’s Juliet Eilperin reported last week. “Downey Magallanes led an effort to cut the size of two vast protected areas in southern Utah, opening public lands to possible development and energy exploration. She participated in deliberations over how to scale back safety monitoring rules for offshore oil and gas operations. And she helped develop a leasing plan that would permit drilling in most U.S. continental shelf waters... Magallanes will have a new job: working for the energy giant BP, on its government affairs team. ‘I am grateful to Secretary Zinke and President Trump for giving me the chance to serve in the Department of the Interior,’ she said in an email. ‘I look forward to this incredible new opportunity with BP.’”

“Magallanes met with BP representatives five times between January 2017 and March 2018, according to official calendars released under the Freedom of Information Act. Those sessions included a March 16, 2017, meeting with top officials from BP’s government and regulatory affairs division; an April 25, 2017, meeting with BP Exploration (Alaska); and an Oct. 23, 2017, session with BP senior director of regulatory affairs James Nolan.” Full story.

SPOTTED: Last week, at Qorvis Communications’ biannual strategic planning meeting at Salamander Resort in Middleburg, Va.: Qorvis’ Michael Petruzzello, Elissa Dodge, Greg Lagana, Matt Lauer, Rich Masters, Brad Klapper, David Sowells, Shereen Soghier, Kristen Thomaselli and Jennifer Baskerville.

JOB OPENING ALERT: Goldman Sachs is looking for a vice president for government affairs.


George Nichols, an executive vice president at New York Life who led the company’s Washington office, is leaving to become president and chief executive of the American College of Financial Services.

Patricia Vercelli is senior vice president, general counsel and secretary for Airlines for America. She was previously chief legal officer at Universal Air Travel Plan.

Rikardo Hull is now executive vice president of strategy and external affairs and April Ballou is vice president of legal and state regulatory policy at the National Association of Water Companies. Hull and Ballou previously were advisors to former FERC Commissioner and current NAWC President Robert Powelson.

Desiree Vodounon has left SKDKnickerbocker, where she was a senior associate on the public affairs team. She's headed to get her MBA at Oxford.

Amy Davine Kim was promoted to chief policy officer and Paul Brigner is director of technology policy at the Chamber of Digital Commerce. Kim was previously director of global public policy and general counsel and Brigner was previously managing director of the Blockchain Technology and Ecosystem Design Research Center at Georgetown University.

Jennifer Kohl is senior director of communications at ThinkFoodGroup. She was previously director of media relations at GMMB.


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Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP: Colorado State University
Carmen Group Incorporated: Promerica Financial Corporation
Carpenter Strategic Consulting LLC: 3Cinteractive
CGCN GROUP, LLC (formerly known as Clark Geduldig Cranford & Nielsen, LLC): Duke Energy Corporation
CGCN GROUP, LLC (formerly known as Clark Geduldig Cranford & Nielsen, LLC): Ellwood Group, Inc.
Covington & Burling LLP: Atmos Energy Corporation
Delek US Holdings, Inc.: Delek US Holdings, Inc.
Fahmy Hudome International, Inc: Port Link GP, Ltd. (on behalf of Port Fund L.P.)
Farragut Partners LLP: Real Time Travel, LLC
Franklin Square Group, LLC: GoDaddy, Inc.
Gephardt Group Government Affairs: BOCKORNY GROUP INC. (on behalf of Alliance for Cell Therapy Now)
Holland & Knight LLP: Lifespan Corporation
JHL Company: Siren Marine
Jim Massie & Partners, LLC: Archroma U.S. Inc.
Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC: Long Island University
Lincoln Policy Group: Option Care
Mack Strategies: Mr. Luis Andrade
Michael Best Strategies LLC: ECM Industries LLC
Michael Best Strategies LLC: GHL International, Inc.
Michael Best Strategies LLC: Primex Family of Companies
Phoenix Global Organization Incorporated: International Car Rental And Leasing Association LLC.
Piramal Imaging Limited: Piramal Imaging Limited
R&R Partners, Inc.: American AVK Company
R&R Partners, Inc.: Channel 5 Public Broadcasting
R&R Partners, Inc.: City of Corona
R&R Partners, Inc.: Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
Spectrum Public Affairs: Western Michigan University
Stapleton & Associates, LLC: Elbit Systems of America
The ALS Association: The ALS Association
The Nardelli Group: The Auto Care Association
The Nickles Group, LLC: Secure Payments Partnership
Triad Strategies, LLC.: Avolio Law Group c/o Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County
Van Scoyoc Associates: Capitol Decisions, Inc. (American Society of Addiction Medicine)
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP: Triumvirate LLC


Butterfield Carter & Associates: Institute Of Cetacean Research
Collins Consulting: Goldman Environmental Prize
District Strategies, LLC: American AVK Company
District Strategies, LLC: Channel 5 Public Broadcasting
District Strategies, LLC: City of Corona
District Strategies, LLC: Genting Americas, Inc.
District Strategies, LLC: Second Judicial District Court
District Strategies, LLC: Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
Gwendolyn O'Brien Donaldson: East Kentucky Network LLC Dba Appalachian Wireless
Gwendolyn O'Brien Donaldson: Thumb Cellular
Handprint Government Affairs LLC: City of Birmingham, AL
HCR Manor Care, PAC: HCR Manor Care
Mary Peters Consulting, LLC: Gov Biz Advantage, Inc. (for Sagamore Development Company, LLC)
Oldaker & Willison, LLP (formerly Oldaker Law Group, LLP): National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP: SCK-CEN
Porter Group, LLC: University of Nevada, Reno
Sidley Austin LLP: Nevro Corp.
Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance: Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance
TCH Group, LLC: Hall-Atlas LLC
Zeliff Enterprises: Agape Airlines
Zeliff Enterprises: Nanocomp Technologies, Inc.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of PI misstated the congressman for whom Dave LesStrang previously worked. LesStrang was deputy chief of staff, legislative director and press secretary for former Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.).