It’s a remake for the lobbying shop of the Motion Picture Association of America. [IMGCAP(1)]
And the Hollywood group’s CEO, Dan Glickman, a former Democratic Congressman from Kansas, is casting Democrats for most of the roles.
Glickman promoted his longtime aide Greg Frazier, who worked for Glickman on Capitol Hill and at the Agriculture Department, to executive vice president for worldwide government policy. That’s the same title formerly held by GOP insider John Feehery, who left the group earlier this year to start his own firm amid talk that Glickman wanted to make way for Democrats.
Some Republicans have even dubbed Feehery’s departure as part of an “L Street Project,” a “liberal” counterpart to the GOP’s K Street Project that installed loyal Republicans in lobbying jobs downtown.
The list of casting revisions also includes moving Michael O’Leary, a one-time aide to then-Sen. Dennis DeConcini (D-Ariz.), into the newly created role of senior vice president and chief counsel for federal affairs and policy, where he will oversee lobbying on Capitol Hill.
Daphna Peled, legislative counsel to Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), is joining the MPAA as vice president and counsel for federal affairs and policy, a title that will be shared by Todd Flournoy, who had been handling state government affairs. Both will report to O’Leary. Anissa Whitten, who has served as the MPAA’s trade director since 2005, has been promoted to vice president for international affairs and trade policy.
MPAA spokesman Seth Oster said the group has a “significant balance of Republicans and Democrats in our government affairs department.” He added that Glickman is committed to “maintaining the legacy” of a bipartisan organization.
Sources said one Republican there, Gayle Osterberg, a former aide to then-Sen. Don Nickles (R-Okla.) who joined the MPAA in 2005 as vice president of corporate communications, is planning a curtain call soon.
— Kate Ackley