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

MOL, China COSCO Shipping name co-owned Arctic LNG carrier

first_imgMitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and China COSCO Shipping named their first jointly-owned Arctic LNG carrier set to serve the Yamal LNG project, at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering shipyard.The 172,000-cbm ice-breaking vessel, named Vladimir Rusanov, is the first of three newbuilding vessels for MOL and China COSCO Shipping’s fleets in the Novatek-operated Yamal LNG project in the Russian Arctic that recently shipped its first cargo.The vessel is slated to go into service at the end of March 2018, following delivery at the end of December and ice-breaking sea trials in Arctic waters.The Vladimir Rusanov and its sister ships will have independent ice-breaking capabilities enabling them to sail in seas with ice up to 2.1m thick. The vessels will transport LNG from the Yamal LNG plant at Sabetta on Russia’s Yamal Peninsula to worldwide LNG markets throughout the year. They will also be able to sail on the Arctic Sea Route to transport LNG to East Asia via the Bering Strait during the summer months.MOL added that the four conventional LNG carriers that will be deployed for the Yamal LNG project, owned jointly with China COSCO Shipping will be launched from 2019 to 2020.last_img read more

Former Tipp Board Chair calls for one players’ body

first_imgSean Nugent is in favour of this happening as he believes that the aims of the GPA and the recently established Club Players Association aren’t necessarily on the same page.The CPA is currently recruiting members in Tipp and across the country.Sean hopes the two groups will eventually come together.last_img