Some organizations, most notably the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, have chosen a more expansive reporting method that includes their grass-roots activity, including advocacy advertising.The API beefed up its advocacy team recently by bringing on new staffers who have worked for business or conservative groups. The trade group tapped Eric Wohlschlegel, who previously worked for the chamber, to be director of media relations. It hired Carlton Carroll, who worked for the American Forest & Paper Association and before that the Bush administration, to be media relations representative. It also hired Conrad Lass to be senior director of federal relations. He previously worked at the Electric Power Supply Association. The API also tapped Brian Johnson to be to be senior tax policy adviser. He had previously worked for Americans for Tax Reform.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.