Another Senate tax aide heads downtown

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ANOTHER SENATE TAX AIDE HEADS DOWNTOWN: Derek Theurer is leaving the Hill to join Business Roundtable as vice president for tax and fiscal policy, the trade group announced on Wednesday. Theurer was previously senior tax counsel to Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.). He’s the latest Senate tax aide to head to K Street in the wake of the passage of the Republican tax law last year.

— Business Roundtable also announced a number of other hires, including Jennifer Cummings and Molly Edwards, who will be senior directors for communications; Shane McDonald, who will be a senior communications adviser; Liz Oberg, who will be a public affairs manager; and Matthew Spikes, who will be a policy director. Cummings previously worked for the Fratelli Group. Edwards was previously director of press operations for House Speaker Paul Ryan. McDonald previously worked for the House Ways and Means Committee. Oberg previously worked in the White House communications office. Spikes was previously an aide to Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.). The trade group also promoted Matt Miller to vice president on the government relations team and Rayna Farrell and Andrew Beilein to senior directors for communications.

AFGHANISTAN HIRES HOGAN LOVELLS: Afghanistan’s government has hired Hogan Lovells to lobby on the Trump administration’s re-imposition of sanctions on Iran. The firm will provide “legal guidance” on the sanctions, which “may involve recommendations to the [Afghan government] as to engagement with the U.S. Government regarding these matters, and advocacy by” Hogan Lovells on Afghanistan’s behalf, according to a Justice Department filing. Former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) is among the lobbyists who will represent Afghanistan. The firm will bill for its services on an hourly basis. Coleman’s rate is $1,075 an hour. Bob Kyle, a partner at the firm, commands a rate of $1,050 an hour; Ari Fridman, a senior associate, bills at $685 an hour; and Adam Berry, an associate, bills at $635 an hour. Afghanistan also recently hired DLA Piper to lobby in Washington.

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GALLAGHER LEAVING VIDEO GAME TRADE GROUP: Michael Gallagher is leaving video game industry lobbying group the Entertainment Software Association after more than a decade as president and CEO, two sources tell POLITICO,” POLITICO’s Steven Overly and John Hendel report. “He is leaving on friendly terms with an eye toward returning to government, one tech lobbyist said. Gallagher previously led the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration under President George W. Bush. … ESA's members include Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Tencent and Bethesda Softworks, among others.” Full story.

JOBS REPORT:

Covington & Burling has promoted 20 lawyers to partner, including Brian Smith, a lobbyist who represents clients including Bombardier and Kruger. Smith worked in the White House counsel’s office during the Clinton administration.

Noelle Clemente is joining Penn Quarter Partners as a vice president. She previously worked for the S-3 Group.

TechNet has hired Courtney Jensen as executive director for the southwest. She was previously vice president of state government affairs for the California and Nevada Credit Union League.

SPOTTED: At Forbes Tate Partners’ office on Wednesday night across from Capital One Arena celebrating the Washington Capitals’ opening game of the season, according to a PI tipster: National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman; Kim Davis and Rob Wooley of the NHL (a Forbes Tate client); former Boston Bruins star Willie O’Ree; Nick Lewis and Annie Policastro of UPS; Jason Mahler of Oracle; Jim Messina of the Messina Group; Maura Keefe of New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s office; Elizabeth Falcone of Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner’s office; Lio Barrera of New Mexico Democratic Sen. Martin Heinrich’s office; Andy Womack of Genentech; Scott Olsen, Nick Shipley and Teresa Buckley Bill of Pharmaceutical and Research Manufacturers of America; Steve Hartell of Amazon; Todd Wooten of the S-3 Group; Isaac Reyes of Target and Jeff Forbes, John Buscher, Lauren Crawford Shaver, George Cooper, Libby Greer, Derrick White, Rachel Miller and Jay Driscoll of Forbes Tate Partners.

At the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s annual ball at the Anthem on Tuesday evening, according to a PI tipster: Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.); Rep. Ron Estes (R-Kan.); Yousef Al Otaiba, the United Arab Emirates’ ambassador to the U.S.; Shinsuke Sugiyama, Japan’s ambassador to the U.S.; Chris Liddell, the White House deputy chief of staff for policy coordination; Cristina Antelo of Ferox Strategies; Sarah Rogers of Navigators Global; Dave Marin of Mylan; T.J. Garrigan of CVS; Bianca Ortiz-Wertheim of Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.)'s office; Josh Holly of Holly Strategies; Rich Lopez of General Motors; and Karissa Willhite of Ogilvy Government Relations.

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NEW JOINT FUNDRAISERS:

Mike Miller Victory Fund (Mike Miller, Republican Party of Florida, NRCC)

NEW PACs:

Alaska Wilderness Action PAC (PAC)
American Potential Fund (Super PAC)
Citizens for a Red Wave PAC (PAC)
Committee for Law and Order Fund (Super PAC)
Courage PAC (Leadership PAC: Ilhan Omar)
Ditch Fund (PAC)
Heartland Fund (PAC)
Mets Are a Good Team Committee (Super PAC)
Neighbors for a Safer Charleston (PAC)
NY Progressive Action PA2 - Federal (PAC)
NY Progressive Action PAC2 -Federal (PAC)
Save Our Elections PAC (Super PAC)
Thomas the Dank Engine Committee (Super PAC)
US Citizens PAC
Vote for Hoosier Values (Super PAC)

NEW LOBBYING REGISTRATIONS:

None

NEW LOBBYING TERMINATIONS:

Grizzle Company: Summit Point Raceway Associates, Inc.
Grizzle Company: Rescare
Mr. Robert Bissen: National Medal of Honor Museum
Odney, Inc.: Genting Management Services, LLC
Teresa Dyer & Associates, LLC: National Osteoporosis Foundation
The Federal Group, Inc.: Amber Pharmacy
The Federal Group, Inc.: American College of Clinical Pharmacy
The Federal Group, Inc.: Hy-Vee, Inc.
Vectis Strategies: Broad Beach Geological Hazard Abatement District

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