POLITICO Influence, presented by the National Confectioners Association: Talking through one’s hat — Chaffetz formed new firm just before announcing resignation — Roundup: Groups react to Trump budget

By Kelsey Tamborrino and Mary Lee | 05/24/2017 02:00 PM EDT
With David Beavers, Taylor Gee and Aubree Eliza Weaver TALKING THROUGH ONE’S HAT: Executives from the National Retail Federation will be meeting with more than two dozen key Congress members today and Thursday, as well as secretaries Steven Mnuchin, Wilbur Ross and Alexander Acosta, to advocate against the border adjustment tax. The tax, a spokeswoman for NRF told PI, would be “devastating" to businesses and consumers. NRF said it’s strongly in support of tax reform but believes the BAT is “bad tax policy." – While meeting on the Hill, NRF executives will also deliver "BAT TAX" hats, which symbolize how the BAT would raise the price of goods like baseball hats. The NRF delegation includes leaders from small businesses and retail brand executives, including Ascena Retail Group, BJ’s Wholesale Club, QVC and IKEA North America Services. CHAFFETZ FORMED NEW FIRM JUST BEFORE ANNOUNCING RESIGNATION PLANS: House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) told the Associated Press that he created a new firm, Strawberry C, just one day before announcing he would bow out of Congress on June 30. He said the business “may become a reincarnation of his former public relations and marketing firm." Previously, Chaffetz managed his own corporate communication and marketing firm Maxtera Utah (Fun fact: It was named after his son, Max); its business license ran out in 2010. Documents indicate Chaffetz began preparing for a post-Congress career as early as April 17, when he filled out an application with Utah’s division of corporations. He registered the business a day later to his home address. – The Utah Republican has owned the domain for Strawberry C for years. The meaning behind the name? He said he likes strawberries, and C is for his last name. So far, he has not done any work on it yet. Good afternoon, and welcome to PI. Mary Lee and Kelsey Tamborrino in the saddle for Theo today. We wish we were at the March of Dimes gala last night to try Sen. Mazie Hirono‘s kimchi. Don’t be shy, please send tips to mlee@politico.com or PI’s editor, Emily Stephenson, at estephenson@politico.com. You can follow us on Twitter: @maryjylee and @ewstephe. ROUNDUP: GROUPS REACT TO TRUMP’S BUDGET: The president laid out his fiscal 2018 priorities in a budget request released Tuesday – and it’s garnering mixed reaction from industry groups: – The American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, National Farmers Union and National Corn Growers Association panned the proposed cuts to crop insurance, food stamps and other programs, accusing the president of trying to make already tough times for farmers and rural America even worse. – AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka called Trump’s budget a “betrayal" of U.S. workers, saying it defunds “core programs that are vital to working families." More here. – David Cox, president of the American Federation of Government Employees, said the proposal “rips away any sense of financial security federal workers currently have." – Nina Rees, CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, said on Tuesday she’s concerned the budget doesn’t maintain current Title I formula funding for poor students and special education formula grants, POLITICO’s Caitlin Emma reports. Eli Broad, the billionaire philanthropist who has funded charter school expansion and other education reform efforts nationwide, said the budget would hurt communities that have the greatest need for better-quality schools. Full story. INGRAM VETS LAUNCH NEW FIRM John Milne and Jeffrey Weiner, who were principals in The Ingram Group‘s D.C. office, launched a new firm, M & W Government Affairs, and brought seven clients with them. The firm will focus on “shoe-leather lobbying" for clients in everything from “defense to tax to aerospace to financial services," Milne and Weiner told POLITICO. They’ll be partnering with Jennifer Johnson of Bighorn Public Affairs Group and Douglas Bobbitt, who spent more than a decade with the House Appropriations Committee. ** A message from the National Confectioners Association – #AlwaysATreat: Leading global chocolate and candy companies are coming together to provide more information, options, and support as consumers enjoy their favorite treats. It’s the first step on our journey to help people manage their sugar intake and ensure that they feel empowered to make informed choices. Learn more at AlwaysATreat.com. ** FIDUCIARY RULE FIGHT: Lobbyists for the retirements savings industry are gearing up to block new Obama-era regulations meant to protect individual savers, Ben McLannahan and Alistair Gray report for Financial Times. “Financial advisers and broker-dealers have spent years fighting the rule, which requires retirement advisers to put clients’ interests ahead of their own." Among those fighting to delay the fiduciary rule are Kenneth Bentsen, chief executive of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, and Dirk Kempthorne, president and CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers. Full story. TECH GIANTS TO PRESS DIGITAL TRADE AGENDA: Executives from Apple, Microsoft, IBM and other tech giants are in Washington today to press members of Congress for strong outcomes on digital trade in new agreements negotiated by the Trump administration. "NAFTA is the place to start," said Victoria Espinel, president of BSA | The Software Alliance, the group organizing today’s fly-in. – Attendees include: CA TechnologiesMichael Bisignano, IBM‘s Daniela Combe, Oracle‘s Dorian Daley, Adobe‘s Michael Dillon, Autodesk‘s Pascal Di Fronzo, Apple‘s Bruce Sewell, Microsoft‘s Brad Smith, Trend Micro‘s Felix Sterling and Symantec‘s Scott Taylor. The group will meet with Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.); Senate Commerce Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.); House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.); Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah); members of the House Judiciary Committee; and the two co-chairs of the Digital Trade Caucus, Reps. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.) and Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.). (h/t Morning Tech) ICAHN’S $60M WIN: Billionaire Carl Icahn‘s oil refining company, CVR Energy Inc. saw major savings in the first quarter of the year in light of expectations that the administration will pull back on a regulation involving renewable fuels. “It’s much more than a lucky break," Mario Parker reports for Bloomberg. “As a ‘special regulatory adviser’ to President Donald Trump, Icahn has been advocating the kind of relief that will benefit his company. Icahn’s cost savings show how the Trump administration has let officials’ outside business interests influence policy decisions." Full story. WOMEN RULE PODCAST: Fran Townsend, the former homeland security adviser for President George W. Bush, confirms that the Trump administration has approached her about replacing ousted FBI Director James Comey. In this week’s must-listen episode, we hear directly from Townsend about being thrust into the middle of the controversial job search and how her candidacy for the job is itself “history-making." Townsend joins two other prominent women from the Bush White House – Candi Wolff, Assistant for Legislative Affairs, and Julie Cram, Deputy Assistant and Director of the Public Liaison Office – to reflect on their stints in the executive branch and offer up advice for the current Republican administration. Listen and subscribe iTunes | Soundcloud | Stitcher JOBS REPORT:American Airlines named Nathan J. Gatten as senior vice president in government affairs. Previously, Gatten served as managing director and head of global government relations at JPMorgan & Chase, partner at lobbying firm American Capitol Group, and vice president of government and industry relations at Fannie Mae. Microsoft has tapped telecommunications industry executive Howard Woolley to lobby on information technology modernization and wireless spectrum issue, according to filings. Woolley has spent nearly his entire career in Washington, including two decades working in government affairs for Verizon. (h/t Pro Tech’s Steven Overly) – Roberto J. Rodriguez, who served as White House deputy assistant for education to former President Barack Obama, has joined the Bainum Family Foundation board of directors. (h/t Morning Education) – The National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems hired Scott Dziengelski as director of policy and regulatory affairs. He was previously legislative director for Rep. Tim Murphy. (h/t POLITICO‘s Brianna Ehley) – “Josh Perry, who served as social media director for Sen. Ted Cruz‘s (R-Texas) presidential campaign, has joined Axiom Strategies to help the firm’s clients with digital and social media campaigns," The Hill‘s Megan R. Wilson reports. SPOTTED: At the March of Dimes gourmet gala last night: Erskine Wells of BGR Group; Debbie Marshall of Chevron; Cal Dooley, American Chemistry Council; Krister Holladay, United Technologies Corp; Mike Kiely, UPS; Amy Hawkins of BNSF; Steve Anderson of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation; BK Yoon, president and CEO of Consumer Electronics; Reps. Rick Allen and Robin Allen; Sens. John Barrasso and Bobbi Barrasso; Sen. John Cornyn and Sandy Cornyn; Sen. Pat Roberts and Franki Roberts; Sen. Pat Toomey and Kris Toomey. Sen. John Barrasso and Mrs. Bobbi Barrasso were the judge’s choice winners with Roosevelt beans. – Sen. Tom Cotton and Anna Cotton taped a moving video of their son Daniel’s experience in the NICU. CALENDAR – The National Italian American Foundation is hosting its annual Congressional Bocce Ball Tournament at Venerable. Reps. Pat Tiberi (R- Ohio) and Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), co-chairmen of the Italian American Congressional Delegation have organized two teams to compete in the tournament, with participants including Reps. Mark Amodei (R-Nev.); Mike Capuano (D-Mass.); Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.); Tom Marino (R-Fla.); Jim Renacci (R-Ohio). – Members of the Heating, Air-conditioning, & Refrigeration Distributors International are on the Hill for their annual fly-in today to meet with 200 members, including Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), John Cornyn (R-Texas), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.); House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.); Reps. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), Greg Walden (R-Ore.), Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) on small business issues including tax reform, LIFO preservation, regulatory reform, and career and technical education. – Members of the International Fragrance Association North America (IFRANA) are meeting with policymakers on the Hill including Reps. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), Leonard Lance (R-N.J.), Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), Ken Calvert (R-Calif.) and Mike Thompson (D-Calif.); and Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), about the importance of fragrance to the economy, and the impact of potential changes in tax and regulatory reform on the industry. NEW PACs: Caliph For U.S. President 2020: Unknown
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Bergwall & Associates: Tara Unlimited ** A message from the National Confectioners Association – #AlwaysATreat: We’ve always created transparent, fun, and great-tasting treats. By 2022, Mars, Wrigley, Nestlé USA, Ferrero, Lindt, Ghirardelli, Russell Stover, and Ferrara Candy Company will work together to make half of their individually wrapped products available in sizes that contain 200 calories or less per pack. And, 90 percent of the best-selling treats made by these companies will have calorie information printed right on the front of the pack. During the same time period, the newly established AlwaysATreat.com will evolve into a digital resource full of easy-to-use information for consumers to better understand the unique role that chocolate and candy can play in a happy, balanced lifestyle. Learn more at AlwaysATreat.com. ** To view online:
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