K Street, Are You Ready to Rock?

Posted October 9, 2007 at 6:16pm

With a spate of headlining acts coming through the Verizon Center this fall, lawmakers are looking to cash in by luring lobbyist-groupies to fundraising events staged around the big shows. [IMGCAP(1)]

First up, on Oct. 16, younger lobbyists (or those young at heart), can join Rep. Mary Bono (R-Calif.) in the owner’s box for the Maroon 5 concert. But the entrance fee is a very mature $1,000 for personal contributions, or $1,500 for political action committees.

Reps. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and Allen Boyd (D-Fla.) are holding dueling events Nov. 5 at the Police concert. They’re both asking $2,500 for one ticket, but Walden’s fundraiser, hosted by the American Dental Association, features a catered dinner.

And finally, in what might be the K Street concert event of the year, the Entertainment Software Association is asking $2,500 per PAC to join Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) at the Bruce Springsteen concert Nov. 12. The show promises plenty of hits, plus cuts from the Boss’ new album, “Magic.”

Better tune up that air guitar.

K Street Moves. The Institute for Business & Home Safety has named Julie Rochman to its president and chief executive post. Rochman, who currently is a senior vice president with the all- Democratic lobbying and public affairs firm Glover Park Group, will replace Harvey Ryland, who is set to retire from the IBHS by the end of the year.

IBHS is funded by the insurance industry and lobbies for improved construction to minimize the effects of disasters. It’s a clientele with which Rochman is familiar: She previously worked at the American Insurance Association.

• Walter Welsh is set to join the American Council of Life Insurers on Nov. 5 as executive vice president.

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