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K Street Files: Muslim Defenders Question Hearing

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Homeland Security Chairman Peter King is holding a hearing Thursday on “The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and That Community’s Response.”

Navigating Capitol Hill

GPS company Trimble Navigation Ltd. has tapped a big-name team of lobbyists from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld to represent it in a Congressional and executive branch fight over broadband airwaves. Former Reps. Vic Fazio (D-Calif.) and Bill Paxon (R-N.Y.), along with Joel Jankowsky, Ali Lapp and Paul Scolese, have signed on for the new client.

And more clients could be right behind Trimble.

“Akin Gump is leading an effort to organize a very broad-based coalition of companies and trade associations that have great concerns about a proposal that could have significant negative impacts on GPS,” said Dale Leibach, a principal at Prism Public Affairs, which is doing messaging for the still-developing coalition.

Trimble is worried that a proposal by a company called LightSquared to use neighboring airwaves would cause enormous disruptions to GPS. The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science has scheduled a hearing Friday in which a Trimble executive plans to testify.

K Street Moves

• Rebecca Fisher, a former communications director for Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.), has joined Corallo Media Strategies a day after her embattled ex-boss announced that he won’t seek re-election. She served as the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s director of communications during the 2008 election cycle.

• Comcast Corp., fresh off its acquisition of NBC Universal, has promoted two of its lobbyists. Kathy Zachem has become senior vice president for regulatory and state legislative affairs, while Melissa Maxfield is senior vice president for Congressional and federal government affairs. 

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