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K Street Files: An Oink, Oink Here

Angela Canterbury, director of advocacy for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch, hand-delivered the petitions to Dodd’s communications director, Kirstin Brost. Activists who signed the petition are “calling on Dodd to fight for legislation to keep Wall Street’s risky and predatory practices in check,” according to a Public Citizen release.

The watchdog group said Dodd, who decided to drop out of his tight race for re-election, now can “more easily stand up to Wall Street and impose necessary reforms, including reining in bankers’ perilous practices and obscene bonuses. However, he has recently indicated he may back down and instead push a weaker measure. Citizens around the country are calling on him to stand strong.”

K Street Moves. Patton Boggs has added to its partner roster tax policy specialist Rosemary Becchi, a former Senate Finance Committee counsel who previously launched the government relations office for Fidelity Investments. She will provide strategic counsel on financial services and tax issues. “Rosemary greatly enhances our ability to guide clients in the tax and financial service arena,” managing partner Stuart Pape said.

• Covington & Burling has tapped Timothy Stratford, who most recently served as assistant U.S. trade representative for China affairs, as a partner. He will be part of the firm’s international trade and finance group and will focus on advising far-flung clients doing business in China and on Chinese companies doing business in the United States. “Tim’s extensive experience in the legal, government and private sectors in Asia, as well as the professional relationships he has established over the years, will be a tremendous asset to our clients wishing to enter or expand their business interests in China,” Timothy Hester, chairman of Covington’s management committee, said in a statement.

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