K Streeters hit the town Thursday evening, turning out for the 20th annual Fight Night exhibition at the Hilton Washington. Former Rep. Tom McMillen (D-Md.), Drew Fields of Mercury Strategies and AT&Ts Lyndon Boozer all attended the boys night out. Tom Quinn of Venable, Kevin Kayes of Quinn Gillespie & Associates and Gerald Harrington of Capitol City Group donned tuxes to help raise money for low-income children.
Across town, several lobbyists also joined the Motion Picture Association of Americas Dan Glickman in toasting former Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) in his new role as head of the National Association of Broadcasters. While the movie industry and broadcasters dont always see eye to eye on issues, there was nary a cross word between K Streeters on Thursday evening at the MPAA Washington, D.C., headquarters.
Matt Gerson of Universal Music Group; Mitch Bainwol, head of the Recording Industry Association of America; Rick Lane of News Corp.; and the MPAAs Frank Cavaliere were all there. Former NAB President Eddie Fritts, now at the Fritts Group; Al Mottur of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck; Lon Goldstein of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association; and Dick Wiley of telecom law firm Wiley Rein, all raised a glass to Smith.
Rosen Rising. With financial services regulatory reform about to heat up in the Senate, several banks are upping the ante by hiring Edward Rosen of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.
Rosen, who is based in New York, is a longtime financial services lawyer. He has served as counsel to several financial services trade groups, including the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, the Futures Industry Association and the International Swaps and Derivatives Association.
Now Rosen has been hired to work Capitol Hill by Banc of America Securities, Barclays Capital Inc., BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse Securities, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., HSBC Securities Inc. and Wells Fargo & Co., according to recent lobbying registrations. The biggest issue is over-the-counter derivatives. Rosen, who did not return a call seeking comment, was already doing similar work for Citigroup. He registered to represent the bank in July.
K Street Moves. The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association has picked up two lobbyists, Ellen McCarthy and John Hallmark. McCarthy and Hallmark join as managing directors of government affairs.
Kimberly Freeman Brown today will be named the new executive director of the group American Rights at Work. Our new Executive Director brings new energy and a fresh vision to American Rights at Work, David Bonior, chairman of American Rights at Work, said in a statement. She will be a valuable asset to the labor community and others who share our commitment to ensuring workers rights.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.