POLITICO Influence: Former PhRMA lobbyist lands at Forbes Tate

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PHRMA LOBBYIST HEADS FORBES TATE: Scott Olsen, a top lobbyist for the pharmaceutical industry, is heading to Forbes Tate Partners. Olsen is currently Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America‘s senior vice president of federal advocacy, but isn’t expected to lobby in his new role. He’ll be a partner at Forbes Tate, working in the venture capital and emerging biotech division and advising health care clients.

NEW BUSINESS: Former Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), who recently left McDermott Will & Emery for Mercury, has signed his first clients at his new firm. He’ll lobby for GovernmentCIO and Maxor National Pharmacy Services, according to disclosure filings. Miller, who left Congress in 2017, lobbied for both clients at his old firm. McDermott Will & Emery filed paperwork last month terminating its relationship with 10 lobbying clients that Miller represented — including GovernmentCIO, Maxor and Salesforce  that collectively brought in $370,000 in revenue in the fourth quarter.

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HOW TO HOLD FUNDRAISERS WITHOUT RAISING MONEY: The New York Times Alexander Burns and Nick Corasaniti have new details about the events Mike Bloomberg is holding with Democratic donors in cities such as New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Los Angeles. “Resembling fund-raisers in every aspect but one, Mr. Bloomberg’s events are organized under the auspices of a division of the campaign known as the Committee for Mike, a unit that closely resembles the structure of a traditional fund-raising operation — except that it does not actually solicit donations.”

— “Unveiled last month, the Committee for Mike was described by the campaign as a network of influencers committed to Mr. Bloomberg’s candidacy. … Among the people managing the operation are former top fund-raisers for Senators Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey.”

AN AWARD FOR IVANKA: The National Association of Manufacturers will give Ivanka Trump a new honor it’s created, the Alexander Hamilton Award. “Like no one in government has ever done, she has provided singular leadership and shown an unwavering commitment to modern manufacturing in America,” Jay Timmons, the trade group’s president and chief executive, said in a statement. (The clothes in Ivanka Trump’s own line were made in countries such as Bangladesh, China, India, Vietnam and Indonesia, according to The Washington Post. She shut down the line in 2018.)

— This isn’t the first award a trade group has bestowed upon Ivanka Trump since her father took office and she became one of his top aides. The Internet Association last year gave her its Internet Freedom Award, which had previously been awarded to lawmakers such as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer; House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy; former House Speaker Paul Ryan; Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and John Thune (R-S.D.), Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and former Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) as well as Maureen Ohlhausen, the acting chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission at the time.

YES, THERE’S A TRADE GROUP FOR THAT: The Academy of Model Aeronautics has started a new coalition to persuade lawmakers that the “industry has taken a hit from a growing number of rules that deter people from buying and flying model aircraft,” POLITICO’s Brianna Gurciullo reports. Tyler Dobbs, the trade group’s head of government affairs, said the Federal Aviation Administration has been focused on drones and needs to “‘remember that there’s a traditional, legacy-style model aircraft community that doesn’t necessarily fit in the same bucket as what the quadcopter or the drone community fits in.’ The coalition sent a letter Thursday to the leaders of congressional committees with jurisdiction over the FAA, saying that hobby shops have seen their sales decline in recent years as ‘regulations have steadily increased on model aviation hobbyists.’”


— The Clyde Group has promoted Aubrey Quinn to partner. She was previously a managing director. The firm also hired Mary Rollins as senior vice president of talent and culture and Kristen Voorhees as a manager. Rollins was previously a senior vice president at Discovery Communications. Voorhees previously worked for the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

— Rachel Goldberg is now head of U.S. government affairs at TransUnion. She was previously vice president of government affairs at Guardian Life.


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