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

EPL: Firmino fires Liverpool past Wolves

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Liverpool left it late again in a 2-1 win over Wolves with Roberto Firmino netting in the 84th minute to restore his team’s 16 point lead in the table with a 14th straight Premier League victory on Thursday night. The leaders wasted no time taking an early lead with Jordan Henderson redirecting Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner past Wolves keeper Rui Patricio to make it 1-0 eighth minute. Sadio Mane was taken off with an apparent injury and replaced just after the half-hour mark by new arrival Takumi Minamino, who was making his Premier League debut after signing from FC Salzburg in December. Wolves, who have given Jurgen Klopp’s side fits in recent meetings, grew into the match as the first half wore on, but the home side was unable to find an equaliser and Liverpool took a one goal lead into half-time. The hosts would get back on level terms soon after the restart from a quick-hitting counter-attack that finished with Raul Jimenez smashing a header past Alisson to the delight of the Molineux crowd. Wolves were firmly on the front foot after the goal and would have been behind were it not for a pair of stellar Alisson saves on shots from Adama Traore and Jimenez shortly after the equaliser. Liverpool once again found their winner late in a match, this time when Firmino was played into the area by Jordan Henderson after some fancy footwork from Mohamed Salah and the Brazilian smashed his shot past Patricio to keep their winning streak alive. The result keeps Liverpool 16 points ahead of Manchester City in the table and with a game in hand, while Wolves remain in seventh place on 34 points.Tags: Jurgen KloppLiverpoolRoberto FirminoWolveslast_img read more

Samir Bekrić to play for Mes Kerman

first_imgFormer football player of Željezničas Samir Bekrić signed a two-year contract with Iranian club Mes Kerman, reports radiosarajevo.baThe club was once headed by Ćiro Blažević and it is one of the best clubs in Iran.In his talk to radiosarajevo.ba Bekrić said that he’s satisfied with conditions of play in Iran, and he can’t wait to start training.Three players from former Yugoslavia already play for the club: Milan Mijatović, Stevan Bates and Ivan Petrović.(photo: drzavazeljo)last_img