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CAT's Oberhelman to chair BRT

By Isaac Arnsdorf

12/02/15 02:00 PM EST

With help from Daniel Lippman, Jesse Rifkin and Emily Kopp

Go BIG Media hired Cody McLaughlin as director of campaigns. He worked on some of this year's big policy fights in Oregon and Washington, including minimum wage at the Port of Portland, regional implementation of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard and local ballot measures.

'SCOOP': Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman will succeed AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson as the next chairman of Business Roundtable, for two years starting Jan. 1. “Doug’s leadership at Business Roundtable has helped secure congressional approval of trade agreements and has encouraged public investment in America’s infrastructure," Stephenson said in a statement. The organization's priorities include expanding trade and reforming regulation and taxes.

RIDER SPOTLIGHT ... INHOSPITABLE: Among the special interests prowling the Hill in pursuit of riders in the omnibus spending bill, members of Physician Hospitals of America urged 55 representatives and senators to make it easier for physician-owned hospitals to expand. The group accused lobbyists for big hospitals of "legislating a monopoly over the hospital industry through the Affordable Care Act," and cited a recent study that said physician-owned hospitals (maligned for their expense) "do not seem to systematically select more profitable or less disadvantaged patients or to provide lower value care." In response, American Hospital Association spokeswoman Elizabeth Lietz told PI the study is "incomplete and flawed" because it didn't look at referral patterns, overutilization of services and excessive costs to Medicare.

HAPPY WEDNESDAY. Holiday party season is here with vengeance! In venues new and familiar, whether Trump parodies or otherwise themed, invitation-only and not-so invitation-only, they're everywhere. You know where I'll be: iarnsdorf@politico.com.

ABOUT THOSE PARTIES:

National Retail Federation President and CEO Matthew Shay and his wife, Allison, hosted Tom Khune of EEI, Chris Gindlesperger with National Confectioners Association, Roger Dow of U.S. Travel, Craig Purser with National Beer Wholesalers Association, Susan Neely of American Beverage Association, Scott Melville with Consumer Healthcare Products, Beau Bryant from McDonald's, and NRF’s David French, Bill Thorne, Katie McBreen, Beth Provenzano, Neil Trautwein, Rachelle Bernstein, Scott Vinson, Paul Martino and Lizzy Simmons.

Over at the Airlines For America reception in the Capitol: Doug Parker and Will Ris of American Airlines; Gary Kelly of Southwest; Nick Calio, Sean Kennedy, Christine Burgeson and Jean Medina of A4A; Manny Rossman of Harbinger Strategies; Vin Roberti of Roberti Global; Reps. Steve Scalise, Bill Shuster, Mario Diaz Balart, Steny Hoyer, Peter DeFazio, Debbie Dingell, Rick Larsen, John Larson, Andre Carson and Sean Patrick Maloney; Kim Lipsky, Senate Commerce Democratic staff director; Bailey Edwards, Senate Aviation Subcommittee majority staff; Alexis Covey-Brandt, Rep. Hoyer chief of staff; Sara Nelson, Association of Flight Attendants; Michael Reynolds, Senate Commerce Committee; and Susie Quinn, Sen. Bill Nelson chief of staff.

In the North Hall of Eastern Market, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and his Scalise Leadership Fund had a Cajun Christmas party with the Greater Washington Area Boys and Girls Club choir, Mike Ference, Brad Card, Susan Hirschmann, Dan Gans, Craig Purser, Jim Rowland, Phil Park, Royal Roth, Aaron Cutler, Robb Simms, Katie Walsh, Mike Shields, Jeff Loveng, Pat Raffanello, Megan bel Miller and others.

SPOTTED at Capitol Grille: Javier Palomarez (CEO of Hispanic Chamber of Commerce) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Ted Cruz came over to their table to talk and said he supported DWS on stem research legislation for breast cancer.

REFUGEES: Downtowners Madeleine Albright and Michael Chertoff joined other foreign-affairs luminaries such as Zbigniew Brzezinski and Leon Panetta to weigh in against congressional efforts to deter Syrian and Iraqi refugees reaching the U.S., POLITICO's Eliza Collins reports. The letter was put together by Human Rights First and Crisis Action. Meanwhile, Beena Patel and Josh Andrews of FaegreBD Consulting, representing the International Refugee Assistance Project pro bono, won inclusion in the National Defense Authorization Act last week of a provision to provide an additional 3,000 special immigrant visas for Afghan interpreters who helped the U.S. military.

RESPAWN: The Entertainment Software Association hired Nika Nour and Melissa Foxman as directors of federal government affairs. The trade association for computer and video game makers also promoted Kevin O’Hanlon to director of federal government affairs.

— Nour was the Internet Association's director of communications and creative strategies and before that a new media specialist for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, working with Chairman Fred Upton, and then-House Minority Whip Eric Cantor’s deputy director of outreach and coalitions.

— Foxman, most recently executive director of the Women’s High-Tech Coalition, previously worked as a government relations consultant on issues including telecommunications, financial services and economic development, and was an aide to former Sen. Connie Mack (R-Fla.).

— Before joining ESA in February, O'Hanlon was a managing director at Polaris Consulting and worked on the staffs of former Reps. Betty Sutton (D-Ohio) and Heath Shuler (D-N.C.).

** A Message from Pandora: Over 1,600 voters were asked about streaming music. The results show overwhelmingly that: 1) voters have used streaming services, 2) they believe legal access to music should be widely available, and 3) free-to-the-listener music services are important to consumers. Learn more: http://bit.ly/1T1uk6U **

MORE MOVERS:

Mario Carrillo, previously communications manager at United We Dream, will lead messaging and media through Election Day (especially in Nevada, Colorado, Florida and Texas) as the new communications director of Voto Latino.

Afshin Mohamadi, the former top communications aide to Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and later head of the public affairs practices at Penn Schoen Berland and Kelton Global, joins Quadrant Strategies, which "uses opinion research to advise top-level corporate clients on reputation, messaging, and crisis response."

Katie Zirkelbach joined bipartisan government affairs consulting firm Chamber Hill Strategies as a principal. She was previously the Republican lobbyist at Anthem and at America’s Health Insurance Plans.

XLP Capital, a technology development, venture investment, and strategic advisory firm, hired Margaret Peterlin as a D.C.-based managing director. Peterlin was CEO of the Prefects Global, Mars Inc.'s technology strategic officer, deputy undersecretary of intellectual property and deputy director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and counsel for legal policy and national security adviser for Speaker Dennis Hastert.

Malika Saada Saar is leaving the the Human Rights Project for Girls to become Google’s senior counsel on civil and human rights, "addressing modern day slavery, gender-based violence and the need for racial justice," she said in an email.

Kivvit hired Thomas Kelley, from the White House Office of Digital Strategy, and Damian Bednarz, former U.S. Department of Energy chief of staff in the Office of International Affairs.

Harley Geiger, senior counsel and advocacy director at the Center for Democracy and Technology, is leaving to become director of government affairs at cybersecurity firm Rapid7, which has been represented by Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas.

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ON A SAD NOTE: Samuel “Sandy” R. Berger, the White House national security adviser and deputy national security adviser to President Bill Clinton and co-founder and co-chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, died this morning. “Our country is stronger because of Sandy’s deep and abiding commitment to public service, and there are countless people whose lives he changed for the better. I am certainly one of them," Madeleine Albright said in a statement. The firm said memorial contributions may be made to the Samuel R. Berger Humanitarian Fund at the World Food Program USA.

ELSEWHERE IN THE INFLUENCE WORLD:

MONEY RIDER: Conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus are pushing back against a budget rider proposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and favored by House leadership that would lift the limit on coordination between political parties and candidates, arguing the move would disenfranchise anti-establishment upstarts in primary races, Daniel Newhauser and Sarah Mimms report in National Journal. They have in turn suggested that political action committees be granted the same ability to coordinate. http://bit.ly/1HGwEjm

CAN YOU EAT THE DISHES? The National Confectioners Association has retooled its lobby shop under the leadership of John Downs, who joined the Georgetown office last year from Coca-Cola Co., Megan R. Wilson reports for The Hill. One bonus: Big Candy headquarters houses a candy vault stocked with treats. The group is set on ending price supports for sugar. http://bit.ly/1lXkNne

ADELSON PRIMARY: Marco Rubio has earned the admiration of Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson, but Miriam, the casino magnate’s wife, prefers Ted Cruz, reports Michael Isikoff for Yahoo News. The household rift surfaces as the next Republican debate on Dec. 15 will take place at Adelson's Venetian Las Vegas, and the Adelson-backed Republican Jewish Coalition hosts a foreign policy forum this week. http://yhoo.it/1TkIsIw

NEW PAC REGISTRATIONS (Type of PAC)
Conservative Majority Movement (Super PAC: Independent Expenditure-Only Committee, Unauthorized)
The Good Party (Non-Qualified Party, Unauthorized)
Promesa PAC (Super PAC: Independent Expenditure-Only Committee, Unauthorized)
Guns For Freedom: (Super PAC: Independent Expenditure-Only Committee, Unauthorized)
Defend Rural Arizona PAC (Super PAC: Independent Expenditure-Only Committee, Unauthorized)
(We're not going to include new filings from Super PAC Man Josue Larose)

NEW JOINT FUNDRAISING COMMITTEES
None

NEW LOBBYING REGISTRATIONS (Firm: Client)
MG Consulting, LLC: American Humane Association
Rich Feuer Anderson: Social Finance, Inc.
Tarplin, Downs & Young, LLC: National Home Infusion Association
The Friedlander Group: Saving the Next Generation Foundation
Tonio Burgos & Associates, Inc.: Post Imperial Ferry Corporation

NEW LOBBYING TERMINATIONS: (Firm: Client (Type of Termination)
Tonio Burgos & Associates, Inc.: Ambac Assurance Corporation


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