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"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."
"Heather Podesta, Heather Podesta + Partners Podesta has been a trailblazer on the fundraising and advocacy scene; the Democrat has promised with her Republican colleagues to “Make Lobbying Great Again.”
"The 2016 Democratic convention here should have marked a triumphant return for lobbyists to an event that had banned the industry from donating four years earlier. Heather Podesta, one of Washington’s top lobbyists, couldn’t tell the difference. This week’s convention—seen through the eyes of Ms. Podesta, whom The Wall Street Journal shadowed—featured the usual slew of corporate-sponsored events and party gatherings. Attended by lobbyists and lawmakers alike, the festivities were lavish and at times bizarre."