By Tarini Parti
With Cate Martel and Aaron Mak
TRADE BATTLE ENDS: With even the most vocal trade critics reversing course, the House and Senate are expected to clear both trade bills this week. The expected passage of the bills comes after millions were spent on lobbying and grassroots mobilization.
Over the last few months, the Business Roundtable‘s Trade Benefits America Coalition – which led the pro-trade efforts – spent more than $2 million on digital, print, radio, and television advertising and made more than 250,000 direct contacts with members of congress and their staff, including meetings, emails, letters, and calls this year alone. The group also totaled more than 165,000 letters and emails of support from coalition members and employees into member offices, more than 65,000 constituent calls into member offices since May 20 and nearly 300 coalition group meetings with members of congress or staff.
POLITICO’s Lauren French and John Bresnahan have more on the latest from the Capitol: “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Wednesday that she planned to vote in favor of the bill. Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Vice Chairman of the Democratic Caucus Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) also announced their support – signaling that despite weeks of drama within the Democratic caucus over trade, the aid bill will likely pass…that opposition appears to be clearing. At a closed-door Democratic meeting on Wednesday, lawmakers that led the opposition movement against fast track pledged to support TAA, which has been attached to a bill focused on trade in Africa.” Full story: http://politi.co/1HgXv2U
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FARA UPDATE – PERU, JAPAN PUSH TRADE ISSUES: The Ministry of Tourism and Trade of Peru has hired Carlos Mateo Paz-Soldan to restore the “cumulation of benefits between Peru and Colombia in the textile and apparel sector in their trade with the United States,” according to documents filed under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. The contract states that Paz-Soldan will work with the National Council of Textile Organizations, National Cotton Council, American Apparel and Footwear Association, Retailers Industry Leaders Association, and the National Retailers Federation “to develop an ad hoc domestic coalition in support of discussions.”
The Embassy of Japan has hired another firm, Southwest Strategies, to “provide messaging and materials development regarding issues related to foreign trade with Japan; conduct outreach to key audiences regarding the nature and benefits of foreign trade; provide feedback regarding outreach and analyze public awareness and support regarding proposed international trade agreements.” The contract, which will last from June 10 to Aug. 31, is worth $10,000 a month.
LATEST REGISTRATIONS – NEWS CORP ADDS COVINGTON: News Corporationhas hired Covington & Burling to lobby on “competition issues.” The firm’sAaron Cooper will be lobbying on behalf of the company, which spent $380,000 on lobbying last year. News Corp. recently terminated its contract with Bockorny Group.
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LATEST FLY-IN – BUSINESS FORWARD AT THE WHITE HOUSE: Business Forward has organized a fly-in at the White House Wednesday – the day the Senate is scheduled to vote on TPA. More than 40 small and medium-sized business leaders from across the country are traveling to speak about international trade. Participants are expected to include Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman.
RIGHTNOW WOMEN PAC RAISES FOR GOP WOMEN: Attendees braved the storm Tuesday evening for a fundraiser benefiting RightNOW Women PAC atPacifico Cantina last night. Spotted at the event were: Reps. Barbara Comstock, David Young and Ed Royce; and Missy Edward, Brittany Thune, Patty Stolnaker, Shelley Hymes, Jen Higgins, Libby Bish, Allie Ryan, Marcie Kinzel, Jean Card, Carol Apelt and Michelle Korsmo.
OUT AND ABOUT – COURTOVICH COOKS FOR COLICCHIO: Jim Courtovich, founder of Sphere Consulting, hosted a dinner at his house Tuesday evening for chef Tom Colicchio, campaign spokespeople for the hunger awareness media campaign Great Nations Eat, and his wife Lori Silverbush. The New York Times’ Jennifer Steinhauer joined Courtovich in the cooking. Also in attendance were: Jonathan Weissman, New York Times; Gina Chon, Financial Times; Megan Murphy, Financial Times; Manuel Roig-Franzia, Washington Post; Michael LaRosa, MSNBC; Julianna Goldman, CBS; Jan Crawford, CBS; David Greene, NPR;, Jill Chappell, CNN; Addison Smith, Sphere Consulting; Chris Walling, Sphere Consulting; and Simon Charlton (AHAB – Saudi Arabia).
ELSEWHERE IN THE INFLUENCE WORLD:
CORN REFINERS ASSOCIATION VS. SUGAR: It’s an unspoken rule among Washington’s agricultural lobbyists that advocates for one crop do not attack other crops. But the Corn Refiners Association is about to do just that, reportTom Hamburger and James Hohmann of The Washington Post.http://wapo.st/1KalMIM
‘JEWS FOR CRUZ’ TO CHANGE NAME: The FEC has told ‘Jews for Cruz’ PAC to change its name, reports Jacob Koffler of TIME. http://ti.me/1fB85Y7
CONSERVATIVE SUPER PAC IN NH: A conservative super PAC plans is announcing on Wednesday a multi-million dollar grassroots effort on the New Hampshire Senate race, reports John DiStaso of WMUR News.http://bit.ly/1LunAOz
NEW JOINT FUNDRAISING COMMITTEES:
NEW PAC REGISTRATIONS (Type of PAC):
Stronger Maryland PAC (Super PAC)
Return to Right Values (Super PAC)
NEW LOBBYING REGISTRATIONS: (Firm:Client)
BROWNSTEIN HYATT FARBER SCHRECK, LLP: Denver International Airport
Covington & Burling LLP: News Corporation
Harbinger Strategies, LLC: Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Ogilvy Government Relations: Delta Star Inc.
The Farley Group, Inc.: The Hopi Tribe
NEW LOBBYING TERMINATIONS: (Firm: Client (Type of Termination))
3 Click Solutions, LLC: National Border Patrol Council (Q2 Termination)
Veng Group: Asian American Justice Center (Q1 Termination (no activity))
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