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Posted by Keturah Hetrick on April 30, 2018
If lobbying records are to believed, the gun lobby may be lightening its grip on Congress.
The National Rifle Association, by far the gun lobby's biggest force, has seen a significant drop in its lobbying activity. In the last year, the advocacy group decreased its lobbying expenses by about 20 percent, spending $900,000 less than the staggering $4.7 million the NRA and its Institute for Legislative Action advocacy arm spent the year prior.
Meanwhile, two new advocacy groups — the Association of Young Americans and the National School Boards Action Center — have officially joined the legislative push for federal gun control in the last month. That's more than the number of new gun-rights lobbying contracts in the last year.
Both new contracts come weeks after last month's student-led March For Our Lives rally, when hundreds of thousands of protestors took to Washington to advocate for greater gun protection.
Some people and organizations who "caught our eye" last week:
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Hill Hires
Hill Departures
  • Andrew B. Shult, formerly Digital Coordinator to House Republican Whip
    (now Digital Director at Office of the Vice President of the United States)
  • Daniel M. Harder (Dan), formerly Legislative Director to Rep. Mike Bishop (R-MI)
    (now Government Affairs Specialist at Allergan Inc.)
  • Megan C. Perez, formerly Legislative Director to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
    (now Vice President at Petrizzo Group)
  • Sean A. Perryman, formerly Counsel to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
    (now Director of Diversity and Inclusion Policy and Counsel at the Internet Association)
Hill Moves and Promotions
  • Benjamin D. Williamson (Ben), now Communications Director for Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC)
    (formerly Press Secretary)
  • Caren B. Street, now Chief of Staff for Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA)
    (formerly Policy Director to Congressional Black Caucus )
  • Chelsea Cuellar Schull, now Director of Operations for Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA)
    (formerly Legislative Assistant)
Top hashtags of the week
  • #goptaxscam(113 mentions)
  • #subhealth(101 mentions)
  • #smallbusinessweek(90 mentions)
  • #takebackday(86 mentions)
  • #daca(82 mentions)
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