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The Delegation for 7.13.17 — Insights from the Beltway to the Sunshine State

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Russia issue not yet hurting GOP fundraising or giving Dems advantage The saga regarding Donald Trump — Senior and Junior — and Russia continues with no end in sight. It began in January and now, following the latest “bombshell,” the 2016 Democratic nominee for vice-president, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, is throwing out the word “treason.”

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Independence Day is brought to you by these lobbyists and political associations

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Whether it’s on a boat or at the beach, setting off fireworks or firing up the grill, Floridians are expected to kick off Fourth of July weekend in style. An estimated 2.3 million Floridians are expected to travel during the holiday weekend, part of a historic holiday travel weekend travel pattern, according to AAA – The Auto Club Group. The company forecasts an estimated 44.2 million Americans will travel between Friday and Tuesday. The group expects 2 million Floridians will…

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Ballard Partners continues D.C. expansion, adds public policy veteran Rebecca Benn

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Ballard Partners is continuing to expand its Capitol Hill footprint with the addition of veteran policy professional Rebecca Benn. Benn joins the Florida-based firm’s recently opened Washington, D.C. office. She brings more than two decades of Congressional and corporate experience. “We are pleased to welcome Rebecca to our growing team in the nation’s Capital,” said Ballard Partners President Brian Ballard, known to many in the industry as Donald Trump’s longtime Florida lobbyist. “From negotiating billion-dollar budget bills in the Senate…

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Memorial Day Weekend brought to you by these lobbyists and associations

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Summertime is here — well, almost. While Memorial Day commemorates the men and women who died while serving in the country’s armed forces, the holiday also marks the unofficial start to summer. And for many people, that means it’s time to start thinking about summer vacation. More than 39.9 million Americans are expected to travel more than 50 miles away from home this Memorial Day, making one of the highest volume of travel since 2005, according to AAA – The Auto…

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Lobby firms bring in more than $35.7M in first quarter

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The numbers are out. Registered legislative lobbying firms reported median earnings of more than $35.7 million in the first quarter of 2017. The Top 5 earners during the three-month period were Ballard Partners, Southern Strategy Group, Ronald L. Book PA, Capital City Consulting, and Greenberg Traurig. If those rankings look familiar, there’s a reason for that. The five firms were ranked among the Top 5 firms each quarter in 2016. And according to LobbyTools Legislative IQ, it appears the pentad…

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Former congressman Robert Wexler joins Ballard Partners D.C. office

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Ballard Partners is continuing to add to its D.C. roster, announcing Thursday former U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler has joined the firm as a senior counselor. “The idea is to develop an international practice,” Wexler told POLITICO. “My hope would be to focus on certain international relationships that I’ve worked on for decades and I’m confident are consistent with the best interests of American foreign policy.” “Having someone of Robert Wexler’s caliber on our team is a tremendous win for the firm,”…

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Brian Ballard named regional vice-chair of RNC’s finance leadership team

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Florida mega lobbyist Brian Ballard was added to the Republican National Committee’s finance leadership team, the party announced Monday. RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel and RNC Finance Chair Steve Wynn announced the pick along with a handful of other additions in a Monday press release. “I am delighted to announce the addition of these longtime friends of the Party and supporters of this administration to our Finance leadership team,” McDaniel said in the announcement. Wynn added that the new team members will help get more Republican congress members…

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