Bottom line: The U.S. Performance Center pays attention to Department of Defense funding options

Defense

Hartwell Capitol Consulting registered lobbying on behalf of the American Performance Center, the Charlotte-based facility that hosts Olympic, military and other sporting events and training. The center hopes to drum up”[Department of Defense] support for the first-ever World Military Games in the U.S.” and seeks federal funding for “specific sports performance and healthcare research and goals” as well as “programs, activities and facilities at our Charlotte UNC Campus,” according to the new filing.

Ernie Gonzales, who spent more than two decades at the Department of Defense, will work on the account.

tax

The business roundtable discussion rented CGCN group to lobby on tax and trade issues, including the corporate tax rate, as Congress prepares for a battle over provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which expire next year. The lobbyist on the bill is Tim Pataki, the former director of the Office of Public Liaison and special assistant to then-President Trump.

royalty

Thorsen French Lawyerj registered lobbying on issues related to intellectual property, including patents, copyrights and trademarks on behalf of the Council for Innovation Promotion (C4IP). Two former staffers of the House Judiciary Committee, which oversees legal issues on a range of issues including intellectual property, will work on the bill: James French, a former defense counsel, and Ben Staub, a former professional staffer.

Engineering

LG Electronics USA rented Pioneer in the field of public affairs lobbying on issues related to energy, battery production, supply chains and the Inflation Reduction Act. Joseph Britton, former chief of staff to Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), will work on the account.

Trade

The American Chamber of Commerce in Korea rented Crowell & Moring to lobby on issues related to U.S.-South Korea trade. Aaron Cummings, former chief of staff to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), will work on the account.

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