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K Street Files: Aristotle Launches a PAC; Judd Gregg Stays Put

Aristotle International, the maker of political fundraising and management software, has started a political action committee of its own, Federal Election Commission papers show.

On Nov. 17, Aristotle PAC filed organizing papers with the agency, but it has yet to raise any money or contribute to federal candidates. The PAC’s treasurer is David Mason, an Aristotle senior vice president and a former FEC chairman whose questioning of a loan made to the 2008 presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) led to his ouster from the bipartisan campaign agency.

In an interview Tuesday, Mason said the PAC may eventually raise money from Aristotle employees and contribute to federal candidates but that there are no immediate plans to do so.

“We’re not planning to do a lot of fundraising or contribution activity, although we might at some point in the future,” he said. “It was a very ‘blue sky’ sort of thing.”

Serving His Time

Regardless of what Sen. Judd Gregg decides to do with his post-Congressional career, the New Hampshire Republican is apparently in no rush to begin it. On Tuesday, Gregg spokeswoman Laena Fallon eliminated the possibility that the retiring Member may duck out before the Senate is expected to adjourn later this month.

“Senator Gregg will serve out his full term,” Fallon wrote in a Tuesday e-mail.

An early departure would provide his successor, Sen.-elect Kelly Ayotte, with a leg up on seniority with her GOP freshman colleagues and give Gregg a head start on whatever he decides to do next. A former Commerce secretary nominee, Gregg is considered a top recruit by the downtown business community and a short-lister to run the Business Roundtable.

Teeing Up Toys

Nearly 80 golfers turned out for this year’s Turkey Time Golf fundraiser, held Nov. 22 at Stonewall Golf Club in Gainesville, Va. The pre-Thanksgiving round, now in its sixth year, collected “a whole slew of gifts” for the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots Foundation, says event co-host Behrends Foster, a partner at the new firm Blue Stone Strategies.

Other organizers and hosts of the golf event include Joe Trauger of the National Association of Manufacturers, Capitol Hill Strategies lobbyist A.J. Wojciak, 3M Co.’s Megan Carr, Anne Fabry of Brown Rudnick, Andrew Dodson of the Bockorny Group and Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America’s John Prible.

Talking Tea Party in Russia

It’s been a busy autumn for former Rep. Vin Weber (R-Minn.), the Clark & Weinstock managing partner who has embarked on a global speaking tour of sorts in recent weeks. As part of an event sponsored by the Rand Corp., Weber traveled to Moscow ahead of the Nov. 2 midterm elections to discuss American politics with Russian and European business leaders.

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