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Zinke will lead delegation to Turkey

With David Beavers and Daniel Lippman

ZINKE WILL LEAD DELEGATION TO TURKEY: Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke plans to lead an American business delegation this month on a visit to Turkey. “Turkey remains an important NATO member and I am honored to help facilitate greater US Turkey business ties in an unofficial capacity,” Zinke wrote in a text message to PI. “I strongly believe increasing trade between the US and Turkey will result in a more prosperous and stable region.” Zinke this year joined the lobbying firm Turnberry Solutions, which was started by former aides to President Donald Trump. Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s former campaign manager, is an adviser to Turnberry as well.

— Zinke didn’t provide further details about the trip, but a spokesperson for the BGR Group, a Republican-leaning lobbying firm, confirmed the firm would be participating as well. The news was first reported in English by The Daily Sabah, a Turkish newspaper, which in turn cited a report in Dünya, another Turkish newspaper. Uğur Terzioğlu, the head of the American Turkish Business Development Council (ATBDC), told the paper that “companies investing in energy, textile technologies, cyber and physical security technologies will be matched with their Turkish peers to develop contractual agreements supporting investment, joint ventures and sectoral growth within the scope of the U.S.-Turkey Business Roundtable CEOs meeting to be held in Istanbul on July 23-24.”

VISA LOBBYIST HEADS TO RICH FEUER ANDERSON: Amanda Slater, Visa’s top Democratic lobbyist, is heading to Rich Feuer Anderson, where she’ll be a principal. She’s lobbied for Visa since 2014, according to disclosure filings, and before that served as an aide to Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.). She’ll advise clients on tax, trade and financial services issues at Rich Feuer Anderson. The firm’s lobbying clients in those sectors include Amazon, American Express and JPMorgan Chase.

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CRENSHAW REGISTERS TO LOBBY: Former Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.), who joined King & Spalding as a senior counsel in 2017 after retiring from Congress, has registered as a lobbyist for the first time. Crenshaw and two other King & Spalding lobbyists will advocate on Medicare reimbursement and other health care issues for the East Alabama Medical Center, according to a disclosure filing.

OPEN YOUR WALLETS: Several Democratic lobbyists and government relations hands will host a Washington fundraiser next month for Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, according to an invitation obtained by the Center for Public Integrity. They include Luther Lowe of Yelp and Jay Driscoll of Forbes Tate Partners. Here’s the invitation.

HOW QATAR PREPARED FOR ITS EMIR’S WASHINGTON TRIP: Qatar has gone on a public relations blitz ahead of the visit of the country’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, to Washington this week, The Daily Beast’s Erin Banco reports. “Earlier this month, officials from Qatar spent nearly three weeks between Washington and New York meeting with U.S. officials, think tank scholars, and academics, setting the stage for the emir’s visit on Tuesday. Topics of those conversations included the White House’s response to Iran, the ongoing war in Yemen, and Jared Kushner’s Middle East peace plan, according to three people with direct knowledge of those talks.”

DELRAHIM, WHO ONCE LOBBIED FOR GOOGLE, COULD HELP BREAK IT APART: “When Google needed government sign-off on a 2007 acquisition that would tighten its grip on the digital advertising market, the company turned to antitrust attorney and lobbyist Makan Delrahim [of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck] to help get the job done,” POLITICO’s Steven Overly and Margaret Harding McGill report. “Now, as the Justice Department’s top antitrust enforcer, Delrahim could be the one to undo it all. As U.S. competition enforcers cast a more critical eye on the nation’s biggest technology companies, Delrahim would play the leading role in any [Justice Department] lawsuit accusing Google of stifling markets and harming consumers.”

IF YOU MISSED IT THIS WEEKEND: Michael Sokolove has a piece in The New York Times Magazine investigating why Saudi Arabia has sluiced tens of millions of dollars into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other American universities. “To critics, the universities are selling their good names. Sally Haslanger, an M.I.T. philosophy professor, refers to the university conferring ‘symbolic capital’ on the Saudi regime. ‘M.I.T.’s name, integrity, credibility and scientific excellence have power,’ she told me, ‘and we have used it to burnish the reputation of Mohammed bin Salman and his regime.’”

— The Motion Picture Association of America has hired Franck Journoud as vice president of technology policy. He was previously a lobbyist for Oracle.

Mark Williams is joining Cristina Antelo’s Ferox Strategies as a principal. He previously was chief of staff to Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas).

Will Todd started today as a senior vice president at Cornerstone Government Affairs. He was previously a staffer on the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee.

Brian Kelly has joined Sempra Energy as vice president of federal government relations. He previously ran his own consulting firm, BK Strategies, and before that worked for America’s Natural Gas Alliance.

USTelecom has hired Brandon Heiner as senior vice president of government affairs, POLITICO’s Morning Tech reports. He previously was director of federal legislative affairs at CenturyLink.

Alyssa Canobbio Hackbarth is now media relations manager at the Tax Foundation. She previously was an account executive at CRC Public Relations.

Arizona New Mexico Victory Fund (Mark Kelly for Senate, Rep. Ben Ray Luján)
Shaheen Smith 2020 (Sens. Tina Smith, Jeanne Shaheen)

ADOS Institute (Super PAC)
Americans for Americans (Super PAC)
Americans for Economic Independence (PAC)
AOC Hates the USA (Super PAC)
Campaign for a Conservative Majority (PAC)
No Socialism PAC (PAC)
The March for Reason (Super PAC)
Westminster-United (Super PAC)
Win the Heartland (PAC)

Clark Hill, PLC: Virginia Maritime Association
King & Spalding LLP: East Alabama Medical Center
LNE Group: Pragmatic Institute
Miller Strategies, LLC: Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough: NexGen Energy Ltd
Outlook Law, LLC: Native American Contractors Association
State Federal Strategies: The Conduent Corporation
Tonio Burgos & Associates, Inc.: Bombardier Inc.

American Continental Group: HP Inc
Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz: Gold Line Foothill Extension (formerly Metrogoldlinefoothillconstruct Authority)
Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz: Hamilton County (formerly Hoosier Heritage)
Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz: Toshiba Corporation
Bramer Group, LLC: SMC LLC
Combest, Sell & Associates, LLC: Grower Information Services Cooperative
Delahunt Group, LLC: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
Deutsche Organization Incorporated: Jordan Fresso International Group Inc.
Holland & Knight LLP: ARTOC Group for Investment & Development
Holland & Knight LLP: Bay Meadows RE, LLC
Horizon Government Affairs: Call9, Inc.
Interel US: Physicians for Fair Coverage
Lowry Strategies: Gaming Laboratories International, LLC
Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas, Inc.: Tesla, Inc.
Mr. Aaron Oesterle: Waypaver Foundation
Mr. Mark Kopec: Via Verde
O’Keeffe Strategies, LLC: CEMEX Inc
Ott Bielitzki & O’Neill PLLC: RYO Machine Company USA
PAW and Associates: Calculex Inc
Rebecca Greenberg: The Madison Square Garden Co.
Republic Consulting, LLC: ABB, Inc.
Republic Consulting, LLC: Telrad, Inc.
Strategies 360: 10Tanker Air Carrier
The Advocacy Group: Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
Vectis DC: California Pacific Airlines

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