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K Street Files: Fiorina’s D.C. Welcome Mat

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO-turned-California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina (R) has found several K Street allies to throw a fundraising fete for her this week. Navigators Global’s Phil Anderson and Cesar Conda; Wayne Berman of Ogilvy Government Relations; and Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock Co-founder Kirk Blalock are among those on the host committee to help fill her coffers.

Business Roundtable’s John Castellani; Smitty Davis of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld; Doyce Boesch of Strategic Health Care; and Steven Hart of Williams & Jensen are also listed as hosts.

The Feb. 25 fundraiser at Johnny’s Half Shell from 6 to 7:30 p.m. is also drawing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), along with GOP Sens. Jon Kyl (Ariz.) and Lamar Alexander (Tenn.).

Host committees are expected to contribute $2,500 per political action committee or $1,000 per person. To attend, guests are expected to contribute $1,000 per PAC or $500 per person.

Verizon Drops Consultants? When Verizon Communications and Verizon Wireless merged their in-house lobbying teams, many K Street insiders speculated that it would cause some firms to lose out on the business. It appears they were right.

Verizon Wireless and nearly 20 of its outside lobbying firms filed fourth-quarter lobbying terminations with the Senate Office of Public Records. The wireless company’s lobbying operation, which last year spent more than $13 million on lobbying and was headed by Howard Woolley, will no longer retain its own cadre of consultants.

While there was significant crossover among Verizon Communications and Verizon Wireless’ outside consultants, it appears that at least a few of Verizon Wireless’ consultants are no longer on retainer, at least temporarily. BGR Group, Jim English Consulting, Capitol Solutions, Quinn Gillespie & Associates and Venable all filed termination reports for Verizon Wireless and have not yet registered to work for Verizon Communications.

“Verizon Communications has an annual consultant review process,” spokesman David Fish said in an e-mail. “Many of the former Verizon Wireless consultants have existing relationships with Verizon Communications. Firms that did not have a relationship with both were given the opportunity to be considered for work with Verizon Communications. Most of them are still on board.”

Republican Peter Davidson, who had been heading Verizon Communications’ lobbying team, is continuing to oversee federal lobbying for the combined effort, while Woolley, who remains with Verizon, is now focusing on wireless issues and outreach to the Obama administration. Both have the title of senior vice president.

At least 10 outside consultants that the two entities had in common — including Capitol Hill Consulting Group, DLA Piper, Elmendorf Strategies, Wiley Rein, Polaris Government Relations and Mercury Strategies — remain registered with Congress to work for Verizon. As of press time, no outside lobbying firms have signed new registrations to work for Verizon in 2010.

Melting Away. Three lobbying heavyweights are saying sayonara to the U.S. Climate Action Partnership: oil companies BP and ConocoPhillips and manufacturing giant Caterpillar.

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