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K Street Files: Tim Pawlenty Taking Lobby Gig, Quits Role With Romney Campaign

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, once a rumored contender to be GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's running mate, is taking over the top slot at the Financial Services Roundtable.

K Street Files: AARP Snags Paul Ryan for Event; Podesta Group Ramps Up Foreign Practice

Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will speak at an AARP event on Sept. 21, and President Barack Obama will address the group via satellite, the seniors' lobby announced today.

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K Street Files: No Rainout for Charity Golf Tournament

The potential for terrible weather may have put the kibosh on the first day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., but it didn't put a damper on the offsite K Street scene. Even a "Birdies for the Brave" charity golf event to benefit wounded veterans, organized by Artemis Strategies lobbyist Ari Storch, went on today.

K Street Files: Ex-Sen. Slade Gorton Opens Lobby Shop

Former Sen. Slade Gorton (R-Wash.), who had been a lobbyist with K&L Gates, has opened his own shop, Slade Gorton LLC.

K Street Files: Google, GM Up Spending to Honor Members

Members of Congress and administration officials got a little less love from K Street in 2011. Lobbyists spent $19 million to honor or fete top policymakers last year, down from $23.2 million the previous year, according to a new report by the Sunlight Foundation.

K Street Files: Former Top Mitch McConnell Aide Launches Lobby Shop

Lobbyist Hunter Bates, who briefly considered a run for the Congressional seat of retiring Rep. Geoff Davis (R-Ky.), is splitting with the C2 Group and relaunching his own firm, Bates Capitol Group.

K Street Files: Public Says Lobbyists Bad, Lobbying Good

Most Americans, in a shock to no one, have a negative view of companies that hire lobbyists, according to a just-released poll by the nonpartisan Public Affairs Council.

K Street Files: New Internet Group Uploads First CEO

A fledgling trade association for a collection of Internet companies has made its first hire in Michael Beckerman, a former deputy staff director of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Beckerman will serve as CEO of the Internet Association.

K Street Files: Mark Penn Out, Donald Baer Up at Burson-Marsteller

The WPP-owned public relations firm Burson-Marsteller today named Donald Baer, a former White House communications director under President Bill Clinton, as its worldwide CEO. He succeeds Mark Penn, who is heading in-house with longtime client Microsoft as corporate vice president for strategic and special projects, according to a statement today from Burson-Marsteller.

K Street Files: Dispute Over Renting Recalled Vehicles Reaches a Crescendo

Consumer safety advocates may be on the verge of winning a years-long fight to ban rental car companies from renting and selling recalled vehicles.

K Street Files: County Lobby Hires New Director

The National Association of Counties is bringing on Matthew Chase, most recently with the National Association of Development Organizations, as its executive director. NACo made the announcement today at its 77th annual conference in Pittsburgh. Chase will take over on Sept. 17.

K Street Files: Activists Lobby for Paid Leave

More than 200 activists are visiting lawmakers on Capitol Hill today to lobby for legislation that would grant workers a minimum number of sick days and for a federal family leave insurance program.

K Street Files: Business Roundtable Snags Veteran Lobbyist

The Business Roundtable has snagged veteran lobbyist and political strategist Bill Miller as senior vice president in charge of its outreach to Capitol Hill and the Obama administration.

K Street Files: WPP CEO Coming to D.C.

Just as one of his premiere K Street properties faces a staff exodus, WPP CEO Sir Martin Sorrell is heading to Washington, D.C., next week for a previously scheduled meeting with top executives from the conglomerateís shops, according to people familiar with the session.

K Street Files: Dutko Grayling Lobbyists Decamp for Polsinelli Shughart

Veteran lobbyist Andy Wright and former Dutko Grayling colleague Tracy Hammond have joined Polsinelli Shughart’s lobbying team. The duo will focus primarily on energy, environmental and telecommunications issues.

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K Street Files: Stephanie Herseth Sandlin Heading to South Dakota Job

Former Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-S.D.), who joined the lobby practice of Olsson Frank Weeda last year, will leave the firm this summer to become general counsel of Raven Industries in Sioux Falls.

K Street Files: That's UtiliTea

If there were ever a sign that the tea party has grown up, it’s this: Dozens of tea party activists cheering in support of an effort to derail a regulation called “Utility MACT.”

K Street Files: Phil Gramm Joins AEI

Former Sen. Phil Gramm (R-Texas) is setting up shop as a visiting scholar at the policy think tank American Enterprise Institute.

K Street Files: Bond Group Hires Up; Saltzman Lands a Lobby Job

The Bond Dealers of America has made an investment in a new top lobbyist. Susan Collet will join the organization July 9 as its senior vice president for government relations. She will also take a leading role in the BDA’s new political action committee.

AFL-CIO Adds General Counsel

As it gears up for an ambitious get-out-the-vote effort this year, the AFL-CIO is expanding its legal team with the addition of Craig Becker as co-general counsel.

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