Netflix envelopes await delivery in a San Francisco mail bin last year. The DVD-by-mail company is changing its business model to more online transmissions and has brought on its first in-house lobbyist to navigate Washington, D.C.
The shop will announce today that it is bringing on Mike Hogan, who was deputy chief of staff for Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), and Steve Tilton, a former vice president for federal affairs at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. Tilton previously worked at Advanced Medical Technology Association.
• Veteran GOP lobbyist Bill Jarrell, who most recently ran his own firm Washington Strategies, has joined the Madison Group as a partner.
Jarrell worked for several government officials, including as deputy chief of staff and administrative assistant for then-House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Texas) and as chief of staff to then-Rep. James Saxton (R-N.J.). He also served in the Interior Department during the administration of President George H.W. Bush.
• The Motion Picture Association of America has tapped Karen Thorland to be its vice president and senior content protection counsel. Thorland, who will begin her new job Jan. 18, most recently was a partner with Loeb & Loeb.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.