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

Barajas link to open in 1999

first_imgAIRLINE passengers will be able to reach Madrid’s Barajas airport by rail from the end of 1999. Funding has been agreed for construction of a 4·5 km metro extension to the airport from Mar de Cristal on Line 4, giving a 25min journey time from the airport to Plaza de Colon in the city centre. Stations will be built at the airport terminals and at Barajas Pueblo.The line will be built in two stages: Mar de Cristal to Recintos Feriales, and from there to the airport. The Spanish government will contribute Pts3bn and the Madrid Autonomous Community Pts1·8bn towards the cost, but the main tranche will be Pts19·2bn from the EU Cohesion Fund. Pts7·2bn will be spent on stage 1 and Pts12bn on stage 2.H Tenders worth Pts2bn will be let in September for construction of an underground bus station and improved interchange at Avenida de América station on metro Lines 4, 6, 7 and 9 in northeast Madrid. olast_img read more

Playtech opens Bucharest live gaming studio

first_img Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Romania’s ONJN adds 20 sites to blacklist August 14, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share Seeking to optimise its live gaming content services, FTSE-listed gambling technology firm Playtech Plc has confirmed that it has opened a ‘state-of-the-art’ studio facility in Bucharest (Romania) to cater for growing demand in licensees in newly regulated Eastern European markets.The Bucharest studio will employ native dealers in live broadcasts for Playtech gaming content clients. The new studio will further support Playtech live casino operations and studios in Manila, Latvia, Spain and Belgium catering for local audiences.Complying with national regulations relating to online gambling technology provisions, Playtech supplier services and technology have gained approval from OJNN the Romanian gambling regulator.The facility, that was delivered ahead of schedule, offers licensees a huge range of new and classic game variants including live blackjack, roulette and casino hold’em. All products are streamed using the latest HD camera equipment and next generation live gaming platform offering available across all desktop and mobile devices.Mor Weizer, Playtech CEO, commented on the opening of the Bucharest live gaming studio:  “The opening of the new studio further solidifiesPlaytech’s position as the market leader in global, cutting-edge, regulated live casino.“This is just the beginning of our growth plans with a series of exciting new products and variants in our 2017 live casino roadmap as well as significant expansion plans for our other facilities,”last_img read more