K Street Files: Bundlers Deliver $126,000 for DCCC

Posted June 22, 2010 at 5:50pm

Three prominent Democratic lobbyists helped give the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee a fundraising lift in May, according to the latest bundling reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Linda Hall Daschle, David W. Jones and Brian L. Wolff raised a combined total of $126,000 for the committee, according to the monthly filing report.

Daschle, who heads LHD & Associates and is the wife of Obama adviser and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), raked in $55,000 for the committee.

Jones, a partner with the firm Capitol Counsel, raised $31,000. A Democratic activist, Jones was a member of the finance committee for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2008 presidential bid. He also advised the campaigns of Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), the former chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Wolff, who raised $40,000, previously served as executive director of the DCCC and was political director for Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). He currently works for the Edison Electric Institute.

Don’t Let the Door Hit You …

The revolving door between government and the telecommunications industry seems to be swinging pretty fast these days, according to a new study.

Phone and cable companies have recently hired 276 former government officials to lobby Congress and the executive branch, according to an analysis by the Sunlight Foundation.

The study found that 72 percent of the lobbyists hired by AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association and the United States Telecom Association had prior government experience. Furthermore, 18 of the 276 lobbyists were former Members of Congress.

Comcast, which is seeking approval for its purchase of NBC Universal, and Time Warner Cable were tops in nabbing government officials to do their lobbying. According to first-quarter 2010 lobbying disclosure filings with Congress, 80 percent of Comcast’s lobbyists had prior government experience, including five former Members of Congress and four House Energy and Commerce Committee staffers.

The telecommunications industry and all its lobbyists are expected to be busy on Capitol Hill as lawmakers consider regulating broadband and revisiting the 1996 Telecommunications Act.

Soccer Sweet Spot

The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association is hosting World Cup watch parties this week at Capitol Hill spot Lounge 201. The group is sponsoring fetes for each USA and Brazil national team matches. And if the “best football in the world,” as the invitation states, isn’t enough to entice, then the association also plans to have Caipirinhas, Brazil’s national cocktail, and Brazilian tapas and hors d’oeuvres, too.

“Don’t miss the next match — USA vs. Algeria … (June 23rd) at 10am!” an e-mail invite beckons.

K Street Moves

• Blank Rome has added three new lobbyists to its team. Singleton McAllister, Weldon Rougeau and Ronald Thomas II have joined the firm’s government relations group as well as its subsidiary, Blank Rome Government Relations. The trio joins from LeClairRyan.

McAllister, who focuses on education, health care, nonprofit and telecom issues, joins Blank Rome as a partner. She was previously a senior counsel with the House Budget Committee. Rougeau, a former president and CEO of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and Thomas, a former special counsel at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, will be of counsel.

“We are pleased to welcome this team of accomplished lawyers and government relations professionals to Blank Rome,” Carl Buchholz, the firm’s managing partner and CEO, said in a statement.

Kate Ackley contributed to this report.

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