With David Beavers and Daniel Lippman
BIOTECHNOLOGY INNOVATION ORGANIZATION TAPS NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE: The Biotechnology Innovation Organization, a trade group that counts leading pharmaceutical companies among its members, has tapped Michelle McMurry-Heath as its next president and chief executive. She’ll start June 1. She was previously a vice president at Johnson & Johnson, one of the trade group’s members. She’ll replace former Rep. Jim Greenwood (R-Pa.), who’s led the trade group since 2005. POLITICO reported last year that Greenwood planned to step down.
CORONAVIRUS LOBBYING BOOM CONTINUES: The National Multifamily Housing Council, which advocates for the apartment industry, has hired Richard Michael Price of Nixon Peabody. He’ll lobby on “corrections to the CARES Act,” according to a disclosure filing. The trade group retains only one other outside lobbying firm: Capitol Tax Partners. Harris County, Texas — which includes Houston and is the third most populous county in the country — brought on Greenberg Traurig to lobby on the coronavirus. And Foley & Lardner has signed nine new lobbying clients, all of them for coronavirus-related work. Former Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-Calif.) will lobby for all of them, according to disclosure filings.
INSURANCE TRADE GROUPS BATTLE PANDEMIC PROPOSAL: A proposed “public-private program to insure against future pandemic-related business losses is facing growing opposition, as insurers begin a push to put responsibility for claims on the government,” report The Wall Street Journal’s Leslie Scism and Brody Mullins. “For weeks, U.S. House lawmakers, insurance brokerage Marsh & McLennan Cos and others have been pursuing a possible government financial-backstop arrangement that would help insurance carriers provide coverage for businesses during pandemics in years to come.”
— “The legislation wouldn’t apply to existing claims from Covid-19, but seeks to make insurance available for future pandemics so that businesses wouldn’t get into the coverage disputes they are now fighting with their insurers. Insurers maintain that most of their policies exclude pandemic-related business-interruption losses, and litigation is mounting in courts nationwide as they reject claims. … Two leading trade groups, which represent most of the nation’s property insurers, are opposing any legislation that requires them to bear the risk of business-interruption losses from pandemics.”
— “The two groups — the American Property Casualty Insurance Association and the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies — maintain that a public-private insurance program isn’t the best way to help small businesses recover from government-ordered shutdowns and that the risk is fundamentally different from what insurers face with terrorism. … ‘Rather than forcing the industry into a role that it is ill-suited to play, Congress should be focused on a federal approach that provides simplicity, certainty and immediate relief to impacted businesses,’ David Sampson, chief executive of the American Property Casualty group, said in an interview.”
CONSERVATIVE GROUPS PUSH BACK ON SPENDING: A coalition of conservative groups sent a letter to lawmakers this morning urging them to “reject proposals for the federal government to bail out state and local governments,” in the latest sign of increasing backlash against coronavirus relief spending.
— “At a projected $3.7 trillion (assuming Congress does not further add to it), this year’s federal budget deficit will be the largest in the history of our nation, in excess of the cumulative deficits for the first 200 years of our country,” wrote the groups to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. “While some response to the outbreak of COVID-19 was reasonable, this level of spending is unsustainable.” The letter was signed by 20 groups, including Americans for Prosperity and the Club for Growth.
DEFENSE CONTRACTORS WIN A VICTORY IN CHEMICAL FIGHT: “The Trump administration will not impose any limits on perchlorate, a toxic chemical compound that contaminates water and has been linked to fetal and infant brain damage, according to two Environmental Protection Agency staff members familiar with the decision,” reports The New York Times’ Lisa Friedman. “The decision by Andrew Wheeler, the administrator of the E.P.A., appears to defy a court order that required the agency to establish a safe drinking-water standard for the chemical by the end of June. … The chemical — which is used in rocket fuel, among other applications — has been under study for more than a decade, but because contamination is widespread, regulations have been difficult.”
— “In 2011, the Obama administration announced that it planned to regulate perchlorate for the first time, reversing a decision by the George W. Bush administration not to control it. But the Defense Department and military contractors such as Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman have waged aggressive efforts to block controls, and the fight has dragged on.”
Axne Stevens Wild Fund (Reps. Cindy Axne, Haley Stevens and Susan Wild)
Lewis Freedom Fund (Jason Lewis for Senate, NRSC)
Biden for Maryland Delegate Committee (PAC)
Fight for the American Dream PAC (Super PAC)
Flourish PAC (PAC)
Onward SC (Super PAC)
Real Politics OC (Super PAC)
VOX IRA (Super PAC)
We Want Jesse (PAC)
Alston & Bird LLP: Redwood Capital Investments
Artemis Policy Group LLC: American Society of Hematology
Artemis Policy Group LLC: National Association of Epilepsy Centers
Artemis Policy Group LLC: National Hemophiilia [sic] Foundation
Artemis Policy Group LLC: Susan G. Komen
Artemis Policy Group LLC: The Hemophilia Alliance
Becker & Poliakoff, P.A.: Enterprise Florida, Inc.
Becker & Poliakoff, P.A.: Tropical Roofing Products, LLC
Desimone Consulting, LLC: Atossa Therapeutics, Inc.
Desimone Consulting, LLC: City of Spokane
Foley & Lardner, LLP: Basic American Foods
Foley & Lardner, LLP: BioTelemetry Foley & Lardner, LLP: Cardiac RMS
Foley & Lardner, LLP: Fluke Corporation
Foley & Lardner, LLP: IronRod Health
Foley & Lardner, LLP: MultiCam Inc
Foley & Lardner, LLP: Rhythm Management Group
Foley & Lardner, LLP: Stein Mart
Foley & Lardner, LLP: Vector Remote Care
Gray Global Advisors, LLC: Electric Power Supply Association
Greenberg Traurig, LLP: Harris County, TX
Hill East Group, LLC: U.S. Travel Association
Holland & Knight LLP: New Troy Strategies (on behalf of ITG Holdings USA, Inc.)
Linden Government Solutions, LLC: Islamic Republic of Pakistan
ML Strategies, LLC: Immunomic Therapeutics
MLJ Strategies: Bockorny Group, Inc. on behalf of National Rental Home Council
National Group, LLP: Alexander, Borovicka & O’Shea Gov. Solutions on behalf of Public Wise
Nixon Peabody LLP: National Multifamily Housing Council
Prism Group: Piedmont Healthcare
Prism Group: Tanner Health System
Tarplin, Downs & Young, LLC: One Medical
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP: Root Insurance
Winston & Strawn LLP: American Cruise Lines, Inc
Allergan USA, Inc.: Allergan USA, Inc.
Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP: Claroty, Inc.
MLJ Strategies: Parallel F/K/A Surterra Holdings