Restaurants renew campaign for relief fund

With David Beavers and Daniel Lippman

RESTAURANTS ARE RENEWING PUSH FOR AID: As Congress prepares to scrap the next coronavirus relief bill, the National Association of Restaurateurs urges lawmakers to include a variety of measures to strengthen the industry. “In the past two weeks alone, state and local government mandates have closed nearly 100,000 restaurants,” he added. Sean kennedy, the main lobbyist for the trade group, wrote today in a letter to the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader Kevin mccarthy, majority leader in the Senate Mitch mcconnell and leader of the minority in the Senate Chuck schumer. “Many are telling us that they cannot survive this continuous approach to operations and will shut down permanently.”

– Among the trade group’s demands: a $ 120 billion relief fund for the restaurant industry, a second round of paycheck protection program loans, tax relief that would allow businesses to deduct expenses paid with canceled paycheck protection program loans and more funding for economic damage Disaster loans. There are already an invoice supported by Sens. Roger osier (R-Miss.) And Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona) which would set up a dedicated restaurant relief fund, for which the National Restaurant Association and the Coalition of independent restaurants lobbied for months.

NEW COMPANY: The pandemic is – unsurprisingly – still driving business on K Street. Wellforce, a Massachusetts healthcare system, hired its first lobbying firm in Washington. Five Council of Washington Ernst & Young lobbyists will lobby “issues related to the legislation and implementation of COVID-19 relief,” according to a disclosure dossier. And the Catholic University of America kept Cornerstone of Government Affairs as his first lobbying firm in a decade. Two former members of the Democratic Congress, Heather molino and Mike Goodman, will push “for policies and funding that support higher education institutions in these difficult times,” according to an admirably straightforward disclosure dossier.

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THE DEFENSE INDUSTRY CALLS FOR MORE HELP FROM CORONAVIRUS: “Eighty defense industry leaders are advocate with the best legislators allocate more emergency funds to help meet the costs of the coronavirus pandemic ”, POLITICSConnor O’Brien reports. “In a letter obtained Tuesday by POLITICO and directed by the Aerospace Industries Association, industry leaders called on key House and Senate leaders to include more funds for a program designed to support the defense sector in a new round of economic aid that is expected to be considered this month .

– “The program, put in place in March, requires the Pentagon to reimburse contractors for sick or paid leave that companies have offered to employees who cannot access federal facilities during the pandemic. The leaders called for the program to be extended until December. But lawmakers have not allocated additional money for the payments, which the Pentagon and industry leaders say could weigh on major defense programs as the pandemic continues. “

HOW MIKE GULA WORKED HIS CONNECTIONS: “Former political fundraiser made deals to sell around $ 630 million worth of Covid-19 medical supplies to government entities after use Republican political connections to facilitate business, according to e-mails and contractual documents ”, The Wall Street Journal‘s Brody Mullins reports. “The emails, obtained in response to requests for public recordings from the Wall Street Journal, show that Mike Gula landed big deals with states after exploiting his relationships with lobbyists and fundraisers to score presentations and recommendations to state procurement officials, who then signed contracts with his company, Blue Flame Medical LLC. “

– In March, for example, “Mr. Gula presented his company to a former fundraiser for the Republican National Committee who is now a senior adviser to the Republican government of Maryland. Larry Hogan. On Sunday March 29, the former fundraiser, Tiffany waddell, sent by e-mail Ellington Churchill, Maryland purchasing manager for coronavirus supplies: “Please meet a good friend of mine, Mike Gula,” the email began. Ms Waddell referred the Journal’s questions to Mr Hogan’s office, who declined to comment.

HOW McKINSEY ADVISES ON CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE: The Department of Veterans Affairs has hired McKinsey & Co. March 20th through a non-competitive contract to advise the agency on how to respond to the pandemic, ProPublica‘s Ian macdougall reports. The Defense Health Agency and the Air Force also hired the consulting firm. “In total, in the four months since the start of the pandemic, the company has secured work for state, municipal and federal agencies worth more than $ 100 million – and it continues. . “

– McKinsey’s work has not escaped criticism from the governments that hired the company. “Basically, they’re compiling data for us,” a senior Miami-Dade County official wrote in Florida. an internal email obtained by ProPublica. “And put it in nice formats. ” This Contract was for up to a month’s work, with a price tag of up to $ 568,000, and the puzzling set of reopening guidelines that emerged with McKinsey’s help were largely brushed aside.

SKDKNICKERBOCKER ASKS STAFF TO DELETE TIKTOK: “The Democratic consulting firm SKDKnickerbocker “asked his employees to remove the application TIC Tac of their phones due to possible security risks, said three people familiar with the request, “ The New York Times reports. The company “did not detail a specific threat from the video-sharing application, which is owned by the Chinese company. ByteDance and has come under increasing scrutiny in recent months. In December, the Pentagon has warned branches of the military he viewed TikTok as potentially dangerous, and last week Amazon demand employees to delete the application before going back.

THE LAST OF MEHLMAN: Bruce Mehlman of Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas went out with his last slideshow, in which he explains how political and economic trends could affect Washington and K Street. A point he makes: Washington still has a lot to do this year, including passing another coronavirus relief bill, sustaining government funding after September 30, passing the National Defense Authorization Act and other spending bills, and the re-authorization of the National Flood Insurance Program and half a dozen other programs – all as November 3 draws closer to more and more.

CORRECTION: Tuesday’s edition misstated details of Desiree Cormier Smiththe new post of Foundations of the open society. She does not plan to register as a lobbyist.

– ROKK solutions hired John brandt as vice president of public affairs. Previously, he was Director of Policy Communications and Corporate Responsibility for the Public affairs council.

– Insured promoted Jay rosenblum to the chief legal officer. He was previously senior vice president of government relations and regulatory affairs, and he will continue to oversee government affairs.

POINT: TO Hogan Lovells‘Politics & Bagels’ discussion this morning (which took place via Zoom and did not include bagels), according to a PI informant: Ivan Zapien of Hogan Lovells; Fred turner, who is the senator’s chief of staff. Bob menendez (DN.J.); Dana gresham, who is the senator’s chief of staff. Doug jones (D-Ala.); André Szente of Best buy, Jennifer hatcher of Food Marketing Institute and Todd Young of American steel.

Republican Senate Problem Solving Fund (Sens. Bill Cassidy, Susan collins, John cornyn and Todd Young, Tagless Problem Solvers Political Action Committee (PAC Unlabeled Problem Solvers))

Each American PAC (PAC)
ORD2 Indivisible Action Fund (Super PAC)

Arent Fox LLP: American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association, Inc.
Bridgeway Advocacy: Summit Public Affairs (for Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Inc.)
CGCN Group, LLC (formerly Clark Geduldig Cranford & Nielsen, LLC): Stress Engineering Services, Inc.
Cornerstone Government Affairs, Inc .: Kistefos AS
Cornerstone Government Affairs, Inc .: Catholic University of America
Cypress Advocacy, LLC: Pipeline Health System
Dentons US LLP: BMNT Inc.
Ernst & Young LLP (Washington Council Ernst & Young): Wellforce Inc.
FDJ Solutions, LLC: Law firm Eaves, LLC
Greenberg Traurig, LLP: MAXIMUS, Inc.
Kutak Rock LLP: Sarpy County, Nebraska
Marshall & Popp, LLC: AICPA Association of International Chartered Professional Accountants
Summit Public Affairs: Bridgeway Advocacy (for the city of Memphis, Tennessee)
YellowstoneStrategies: Equity Fund In Our Hands

Cassidy & Associates, Inc .: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health System
Cypress Advocacy, LLC: Association of Managed Funds
DCI Group, LLC: The Residents of Northeast Minnesota for the Wilderness
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP: American Investment Council
Holland & Knight LLP: Skyryse, Inc.
K&L Gates LLP: Clark Street Associates on behalf of Complete Genomics, Inc.
K&L Gates LLP: Commonwealth Research Associates, LLC
K&L Gates LLP: National Alliance for Water Supply
K&L Gates LLP: Tarrant Regional Water District
Las Vegas Public Radio Inc .: Huawei Device (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas, Inc .: Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE)
Raytheon Company: Raytheon Company
Squire Patton Boggs: Hammack, Barry, Thaggard & May, LLP
Squire Patton Boggs: Metropolitan Republic (ReMet)
The Livingston Group, LLC: 50 Cities Inc
The Livingston Group, LLC: Falcon Specialized Industrial Services Inc.
The Livingston Group, LLC: Greater America LLC (on behalf of Engense, Inc./dba DFNDR Armor)
Vantage Knight, Inc .: CITGO Petroleum Corporation

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