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COVE STRATEGIES SIGNS TWO: Cove Methods has added two new purchasers to its roster: Ligado Networks and Samsung. Matt Schlapp will foyer for Ligado on wi-fi spectrum utilization, amongst different points; Stephen Replogle will foyer for Samsung on commerce, amongst different points. Cove has seen enterprise take off throughout President Donald Trump’s administration. The agency introduced in $530,000 in lobbying income within the first half of this yr, in contrast with $320,000 within the first half of 2016. Schlapp’s spouse, Mercedes Schlapp, who co-founded the agency with him, now works within the White Home as director of strategic communications. Cove’s different purchasers embrace Comcast, Oracle, Verizon and Walmart.
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MORE TARIFFS, MORE PROBLEMS: Extra of Trump’s retaliatory tariffs towards China are set to take impact at this time, to the dismay of many commerce associations and coalitions on the town. In a written assertion, Brian Kuehl, a spokesperson for the “Tariffs Harm the Heartland” marketing campaign, mentioned that “Individuals are waking up at this time to a tax improve on the issues they depend on to supply for his or her households.” Among the many merchandise the brand new tariffs will have an effect on are furnishings, pet meals, mild bulbs, child cribs, groceries and bathroom paper, Kuehl famous. Within the coming weeks, Tariffs Harm the Heartland plans to host a number of city corridor conferences, together with a gathering this week in Columbus, Ohio.
— A constellation of Washington commerce teams and nonprofits is attempting to battle again. Individuals for Prosperity, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Nationwide Retail Federation, Farmers for Free Commerce, the Coalition of American Steel Producers and Customers, North American Affiliation of Meals Tools Producers, Retail Trade Leaders Affiliation and Freedom Companions Chamber of Commerce will host an occasion Tuesday on the Nationwide Press Membership to debate the tariffs’ unfavorable impact. The occasion will function Steve Forbes, Rep. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) and AFP President Tim Phillips. And members of the Washington Council on Worldwide Commerce can be holding a fly-in this week to fulfill with Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), amongst others.
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TARIFFS, CONTINUED: POLITICO’s Ben White studies that voters sad with the tariffs may play a decisive function within the midterms. “The financial fallout from Trump’s skirmishes with China, Canada, Mexico and the European Union threat making an already robust cycle for Republicans much more brutal, giving Democrats an opportunity to peel away voters linked to influential industries — like Washington state cherry farmers and Tennessee whiskey makers — who’ve lengthy supported business-friendly Republicans.” Full story.
IF YOU MISSED IT LAST NIGHT: “Federal prosecutors have stepped up their investigation of distinguished Washington lawyer Gregory Craig for work he carried out at his former regulation agency on behalf of the Ukrainian authorities in 2012, an effort coordinated by Paul Manafort, in keeping with folks aware of the matter,” The Washington Publish’s Tom Hamburger studies. “Shortly earlier than Manafort pleaded responsible to expenses of conspiracy and obstruction this month, attorneys for Craig acquired requests for data from prosecutors within the Southern District of New York, who’re investigating Craig’s actions as an offshoot of the broader probe led by particular counsel Robert S. Mueller III, in keeping with one individual with data of the alternate.”
— Craig wrote a report on the imprisonment of the Ukrainian opposition chief Yulia Tymoshenko whereas working for the New York regulation agency Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Mueller’s workforce has alleged that Manafort funneled $four million to pay the regulation agency. Craig’s attorneys “acknowledge that he consulted with Manafort, however say Manafort didn’t direct Craig’s work. They mentioned they don’t consider Craig wanted to register as a overseas lobbyist as a result of he didn’t foyer authorities officers or have interaction in public relations exercise” — though they admitted Craig made “media contacts” in regards to the report.
— “‘Mr. Craig by no means disseminated Skadden’s report on the Tymoshenko trial to U.S. authorities officers, and he didn’t talk about Skadden’s findings with officers within the Govt Department or the Congress or their staffs,’ his attorneys, William Taylor and William Murphy, mentioned in an announcement. ‘Furthermore, Mr. Craig’s few media contacts in regards to the report weren’t a part of an effort to advertise the report on behalf of a overseas authorities. In consequence, he was not required to register.’” Full story.
— Ellen McCarthy has joined Polaris Industries as vp of presidency affairs. She was beforehand a lobbyist for Amgen and can be a former tax counsel for the Senate Finance Committee.
— District Coverage Group has added Laura Hanen as a senior vp and Elaine Vining as a senior adviser. Hanen beforehand headed up authorities affairs for the Nationwide Affiliation of County and Metropolis Well being Officers. Vining beforehand labored for the Meals and Drug Administration.
— DowDuPont has promoted Kevin Kolevar to vp of world authorities affairs, based mostly in Midland, Mich. He beforehand led Dow’s Washington workplace and can be a former Power Division assistant secretary in George W. Bush’s administration.
NEW JOINT FUNDRAISERS:
44 Fund (Lauren Underwood, Andy Kim, Tom Malinowski, Colin Allred, Elissa Slotkin, Dan Feehan, Lauren Baer, Haley Stevens, Ammar Campa, Jill Schiller, Adrienne Bell, Talley Sergent, Deb Haaland, Rashida Tlaib)
Bustos Jeffries Victory Fund (Reps. Cheri Bustos and Hakeem Jeffries)
New England Home Victory Fund (Rep. Bruce Poliquin, Rick Inexperienced, Maine Republican Celebration, Massachusetts Republican Celebration, NRCC)
Paulsen Victory Fund (Rep. Erik Paulsen, ICE PAC, Republican Celebration of Minnesota – Federal, NRCC)
Sharice Davids Victory Fund (Sharice Davids, Kansas Democratic Celebration)
Texas Victory Fund (Sen. Ted Cruz, Republican Celebration of Texas, NRSC)
Act Now Fund (Tremendous PAC)
Advancing Liberty and Freedom PAC (Tremendous PAC)
Blue Wave Rising (PAC)
Partnership for an Opiod-Free [sic] Appalachia (Tremendous PAC)
NEW LOBBYING REGISTRATIONS:
Cove Methods: Ligado Networks
Cove Methods: Samsung Electronics America
Foley Hoag LLP: Medytox
Patrick Foley: Grossman Heinz (on behalf of PILMA)
TeleMedia Coverage Corp.: Vivid Seats LLC
NEW LOBBYING TERMINATIONS:
Mr. Richard Innes: Nationwide Environmental Schooling & Coaching Basis