K Street Files: Not Long at MPAA?

Posted July 2, 2009 at 5:40pm

Exactly five years into former Rep. Dan Glickman’s (D-Kan.) tenure as head of the Motion Picture Association of America, names for a possible replacement have begun to swirl. One person whom sources say Washington, D.C.-savvy Hollywood execs are pushing is in-house Disney lobbyist Richard Bates, a former executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

[IMGCAP(1)]“He’s very much an insider, a popular figure,— one K Street source said. Bates could not be reached for comment.

Of course, Glickman’s departure from the MPAA is not a sure deal.

Elizabeth Kaltman, an MPAA spokeswoman, said Glickman’s contract has been renewed for one year. “He’ll be here through the better part of next year at least,— she said. “Dan is focused completely on his work here at the MPAA. He is focused like a laser on that.—

As for whether he might stick around beyond this current contract, Kaltman replied, “It’s not clear.—

Hollywood executives were reportedly displeased with the MPAA when it lost a battle to keep more than $200 million worth of tax breaks in the economic stimulus bill.

I’m on a Boat. Just like Andy Samberg in a popular, recent “Saturday Night Live— parody, Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) will soon be living large on the high seas. According to recent Federal Election Commission documents, the Lone State lawmaker is the primary owner of a plush yacht soon to be moored in Washington, D.C.

Nautical records obtained by K Street Files show that the vessel — a 2007 52-foot Sea Ray — has been christened the “Fun Raiser— by the lawmaker and his family members. In a recent FEC case, Neugebauer asked whether he may lend the boat to his re-election campaign “for committee events— free of charge, presumably to entertain donors and lobbyists. (He can, up to the $2,400 rental value of the boat.)

The massive yacht, estimated by a Washington-area boat dealer to be worth $1 million or more, likely includes a master suite, a flat-screen TV, satellite radio and a kitchen.

Neugebauer apparently bought the yacht sometime last year, stating on his financial disclosure statements in May that he made two payments for the purchase of “watercraft— totaling at least $500,001.

Regarding the recent purchase, Neugebauer spokeswoman Michelle Ozanus said in a statement that “family is very important to the Neugebauers, which is why they plan to enjoy raising fun’ on Fun Raiser’ for years to come.—

No word on whether rapper T-Pain is expected to accompany the Congressman on the yacht’s expected maiden voyage this summer.

Maglev Redux. Although the futuristic rail technology faced a crushing defeat more than a decade ago, a new Maglev train company is hoping to attract federal money, this time for projects in Florida.

Lobby reports show that Georgia-based American Maglev Technology hired Williams & Jensen on June 29. The 15-year-old company is hoping lawmakers will pick its trains — which travel along tracks while suspended by electromagnetic energy — for rail projects being pushed by the White House. “People have been talking about this for a long, long time,— company President Tony Morris said last week.

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