Corporations and Foreign Nations Pivot to Lobby Biden

first_imgPrecision Strategies, the self-described “integrated strategy and marketing agency” co-founded by Mr. Biden’s campaign manager and incoming deputy White House chief of staff, Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, was retained starting in August to do public relations work by the American Investment Council, a lobbying group representing private equity firms.One of the most prominent of these firms is SKDK, which provides communications and fund-raising advice to corporate, political and foreign clients, including the Biden campaign, a super PAC started by the former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, and an Israeli spyware firm. (SKDK has registered under lobby laws in the past, but it says that was for public affairs consulting and that it does not lobby.) Others well positioned to profit in the Biden era include the lobbying firm owned by Jeff Ricchetti, the brother of Mr. Biden’s campaign chairman and incoming White House counselor, Steve Ricchetti, and a firm co-founded by Jeffrey Peck, who worked on the Senate Judiciary Committee under Mr. Biden and served as treasurer of the Biden Foundation.Mr. Peck deregistered as a lobbyist early this year, but the firm that bears his name continues to do a brisk lobbying business, adding clients like the International Franchise Association in the months before the election.The Biden administration is also expected to generate new business for firms with connections to Mr. Biden or his team that help clients get their way in Washington without formally registering to lobby — including WestExec Advisors and Albright Stonebridge Group, as well as Beacon Global Strategies. Beacon Global, which has represented Raytheon and Citi among other clients, was co-founded by Jeremy Bash, a former Obama Defense Department official who has worked closely with Mr. Biden’s newly named White House chief of staff, Ron Klain.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Ms. Podesta, who runs a lobbying firm with dozens of corporate clients, including Apple and Yelp, said she had seen a surge in interest in her Democratic-leaning firm, signing up new clients in recent weeks in advance of an expected Biden win. “The real shift will come in December,” she said. “It takes a while for Fortune 500 companies to make these decisions.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

$3.65 billion media merger includes papers in Batesville, Greensburg & Rushville

first_imgMontgomery, Al. — A report from the Indiana Business Journal says Community Newspapers Holdings Inc. will be sold off by parent company Raycom Media Inc. CNHI owns 100 community newspapers in 22 cities, including the Batesville Herald Tribune, Greensburg Daily News and Rushville Republican.The announcement comes after Atlanta-based Gray Television Inc. announced plans to acquire Montgomery, Alabama-based Raycom Media, Inc. The deal would create the third largest television broadcast group in the United States.“We are looking for a transaction or transactions that will carry on CNHI’s rich tradition of public service through award-winning journalism,” CNHI president and CEO Donna Barrett said in the statement.CNHI has retained a brokerage firm to examine the deal that could be worth more than $3.65 billion.  Regulatory approval is expected in the fourth quarter of 2018.last_img read more

Kobe Bryant reaction: Athletes react to death of Lakers legend

first_imgFormer Lakers star Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash Sunday in Calabasas. The news rattled the sports world and led to instant reaction on social media: AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersFormer UCLA basketball player Shareef O’Neal, the son of Shaq, also shared the interaction he had with Kobe this morning. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img We are providing free access to this article. Please consider supporting local journalism like this by purchasing a subscription.last_img read more

Second Gold for Mesud Pezer at Junior ‘Balkanijada’

first_imgThe best young BiH athlete Mesud Pezer won a second gold at the Balkan Junior Championships in Denizli, Turkey.The 19 year old member of the Athletic Club Zenica, after he came in first in the shot put, setting the second junior score of the results this season in the world (20,40 m), celebrated yesterday in the discus throw with a result of 59,72 m.Pezer broke new state junior records in both disciplines.There was also a successful performance of young BiH athletes by disc thrower Emina Konjić, a 17 year old member of the Athletic Club ‘Doboj Istok’ from Klokotnica, who won the gold medal with a result of 46,01 m.(Source: Fena)last_img