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K Street Files: Gephardt Group Hires GOP Aide

Gephardt Government Affairs, the lobby shop of former Rep. Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.), has added Rob Epplin as a vice president. Epplin was legislative director for Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and spent 23 years in government service, including on the Senate Finance Committee and with the Office of Management and Budget.

K Street Files: Sen. Ron Johnson Aide Goes to Lobby Shop

Alan Elias, a policy adviser to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and a former aide to then-Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.), has signed with the lobby firm Mercury/Clark & Weinstock as a vice president.

K Street Files: Red Cross Names New Chief Lobbyist

Cherae Bishop will become senior vice president for government relations at the American Red Cross on Oct. 15, the group announced today.

K Street Files: Ben & Jerry's Co-Founder Puts Stamp on Campaign Finance

Ben & Jerry's co-founder Ben Cohen wants to clean up government, but he has fielded a lot of questions lately over whether he might be breaking the law in the process.

K Street Files: Nickles Group Adds Chief of Staff; McConnell Aide Leaving

The Nickles Group today announced that Don Kent, chief of staff to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), is joining the group as vice president on Oct. 1.

K Street Files: John Buscher Joins Forbes-Tate

John Buscher, most recently a senior policy adviser at Holland & Knight, has signed on with the lobby shop Forbes-Tate.

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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.

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