“These films focus on the benefits of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling,” Porter said in an email. “The films also address some of the misconceptions about natural gas development. Developing energy from shale is a game changing opportunity for job creation, economic growth and revenues to our government, to say nothing of energy security. We hope to make this a fun evening about a serious subject.”
Where Credit Is Due
Lobbyists often work behind the scenes, and it can be tough to find their fingerprints on a piece of legislation. But the lobby shop Marlowe & Co. made it easy. The firm issued a press release touting its contributions to the recently passed highway bill.
The release noted that President Barack Obama has signed into law a two-year surface transportation bill that “included language drafted by Marlowe & Company requiring States to give priority to evacuation routes when spending federal transportation funds.”
“The Surface Transportation Bill signed into law by the President will provide millions of Americans the assurance that in the event of a hurricane, nuclear disaster, or any other critical emergency, there will be an expeditious and safe route out of danger,” said Michael Willis, a principal at Marlowe & Co. “With a ban on earmarks for specific projects, this language was necessary to ensure that our nation’s dated and ineffective evacuation routes received adequate attention.”
The release also noted that the lobby shop worked closely with communities from across the country and more than a dozen Members of Congress for almost two years.
“The language can be found in Section 1526 of H.R. 4348, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act,” the firm helpfully added.
K Street Moves
• Daris Meeks, the policy director and legislative counsel to the House Republican Conference, has joined the public policy department at Patton Boggs. He will focus on tax and financial services issues. Meeks also was a top policy adviser to Rep. Jeb Hensarling (Texas), chairman of the House Republican Conference.
“Daris Meeks is among the most talented financial services policy advisors on the Hill today,” said Aubrey Rothrock, who co-chairs Patton Boggs’ tax and financial services practice, in a press statement.
• Former Senate Appropriations clerk Fitz Elder, most recently with the National Rural Water Association, is joining the Russell Group on Sept. 1, the firm announced today. Elder was clerk of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, and Food and Drug Administration. He was also a legislative assistant to ex-Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah).
“We are very excited to have Fitz join the firm. He encompasses all of the qualities that we place high value on, including integrity, substance, attention to detail, and entrepreneurship,” Russell Group President Randy Russell said in a press release.
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.