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"The White House is set to announce as early as Tuesday that it has appointed Amy Swonger, a longtime lobbyist, to head up its Senate legislative affairs team, a senior administration official confirmed on Monday."
"Like previous Supreme Court confirmation hearings, the upcoming one for Judge Neil Gorsuch will have its own dramatic arcs and surprises. But this time it won’t be a colorful nominee, an aggressive Senator, or a surprise witness who captures the nation’s attention. In fact, those who are likely to torment Judge Gorsuch won’t even be in the room. How Judge Gorsuch deals with these phantoms and ultimately dispels of them, will tell us a lot about his fate in the U.S. Senate and whether he’ll take the seat of the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court."
"Lobbyist Heather Podesta doesn’t either, even though her presidential pick, Hillary Clinton, and some of her preferred Senate candidates lost last year. Her bipartisan firm, Heather Podesta + Partners, has hosted fundraisers this year, as early as January.
She encourages female donors, including those at the beginning of their career, to donate, Podesta said. “Writing a check or raising funds brings you to the table in a different way than door-knocking does,” said Podesta, whose registered clients recently have included PepsiCo and Uber Technologies. “You’re just more closely connected with issues and people.” Women, Podesta added, have traditionally been the “doers” of the Democratic Party, organizing and canvassing for candidates. “It’s really time for all of us to step up and be funders as well,” she said."
"Anne MacMillan, from the consulting firm Heather Podesta + Partners, said, “I think you’re going to see a very similar farm bill to what we have now.” Commodity prices are far below the levels seen in the 2006-13 boom and farm income is down sharply, but analysts say the farm economy is strong."
HP+P's Anne MacMillan joined POLITICO on Monday, December 12, to discuss President-elect Donald Trump's policy agenda, how his Administration will work with the new Congress, and pathways to legislative action. Featured Speakers: Chuck Conner, President & CEO, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives Anne MacMillan, Partner, Heather Podesta + Partners Dale Moore, Executive Director of Public Policy, American Farm Bureau Federation Joshua Sewell, Senior Policy Analyst, Taxpayers for Common Sense
"Although the majority of the attendees were from Trump’s New York orbit, donors who spoke to The Hill estimated that anywhere from 60 to more than 100 of the individuals on hand were part of the Washington, D.C., powerbroker scene: industry group CEOs, board members and lobbyists. Those spotted in the room included Mitch Bainwol, leader of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers; Dirk Van Dongen, the president of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors; Dirk Kempthorne, who helms the American Council of Life Insurers; Cindy Chetti, a top lobbyist for the National Multifamily Housing Council; Wayne Berman of Blackstone Group; and Brian Smith, who works in the Washington office of Regions Financial. K Street firms were also well represented, including Akin Gump’s Smitty Davis, Geoff Verhoff and Mike Rossetti, Washington’s No. 1 lobby shop by revenue; Robert Hoffman, a Republican consultant at Heather Podesta + Partners; former Sen. Al D'Amato, a New York Republican who runs the lobbying firm Park Strategies; Steven Phillips of DLA Piper; and consultant Jeffrey P. Gray."
"Heather Podesta + Partners signed PepsiCo to lobby on tax reform proposals and the Farm Bill reauthorization."