The remarks came at an event to publicize a partnership between civil rights groups and the musicFIRST Coalition, which is in a heated battle with the National Association of Broadcasters over the Performance Rights Act, sponsored by Conyers. The bill would grant musicians compensation when their work is broadcast on the radio.
Grammy award-winning R&B singer Dionne Warwick said the typical musician or singer doesnt get paid as much as the public thinks; in fact, the average is $40,000, she said. Im sure you all thought I walked on by with my little check in hand, she said, referring to her 1964 hit. I wish I had, but all I did was walk on by.
The NAACP, League of United Latin American Citizens and the National Council of Womens Organizations have also joined the musicians cause. And musicFIRST Executive Director Jennifer Bendall said the coalition will step up its advocacy this year with more campaigns and advertising.
Conyers said he thinks the bill can pass this year.
Advocacy Invasion. Nearly 1,000 members of the veterans group American Legion stormed the Hill on Tuesday to lobby legislators on military issues.
The groups legislative director, Steve Robertson, said its not specific legislation that theyre pushing, but mostly administrative matters, such as advancing quality of life for retired military members and speeding up the disability claims process. He said they also want to support President Barack Obamas budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The group also presented a distinguished public servant award to Rep. Bill Young (R-Fla.), a veteran and ranking member on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense.
K Street Moves. Susan Schwab, the U.S. trade representative during the Bush administration, has signed on as a strategic adviser with Mayer Brown. She is the firms second former trade representative, following Mickey Kantor, who held the job during the Clinton administration and has been a partner with the firm since 1997.
The firms global platform gives me a unique opportunity to continue working on important strategic issues at the highest levels of business and government, Schwab said in a statement.
Freddie Macs former senior lobbyist David Lynch has landed at the Independent Community Bankers of America. Lynch was listed as a senior director of Congressional relations at Freddie Mac in Senate lobbying disclosure reports until 2008. Lynch has previously worked for the National Association of Realtors.
Powell Moore is headed to Venable. The secretary of Defenses former Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe will be in the firms government affairs group. Moore has previously worked as a registered lobbyist at McKenna, Long & Aldridge for clients like Emergent Biosolutions, Research in Motion and SAP America, according to Congressional lobbying disclosure records.