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.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.