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POLITICO Influence: Go BIG Media Hires Three

POSTED one year ago BY Go BIG Media, Inc.

By Isaac Arnsdorf

02/04/16 02:00 PM EST

Go BIG Media, a digital agency in Washington and Florida, hired three. Chase Kroll, most recently an associate at David Turch & Associates after leading Rep. Michele Bachmann’s 2012 reelection campaign, will serve as vice president of corporate digital. Jess Wilson will be a graphic designer & marketing manager. Andrea Koroma, formerly an accounting manager and controller for GE Satellite and Eutelsat, will be Go BIG’s controller & executive assistant.

WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE … Of the eight former and current speakers of the Florida House of Representatives who signed a full-page ad in the Union Leader supporting Jeb Bush over Marco Rubio, four are or used to be lobbyists.

Tom Feeney leads Associated Industries of Florida. John Thrasher, president of Florida State University, founded Southern Strategy Group. Dean Cannon and Larry Cretul lobby, too.

IT WAS BOUND TO HAPPEN sooner or later … Notorious super PAC troll Josh Larose is branching out into lobbying! He registered, under the "American Federal Lobbying Firm," to represent himself and one Merline Parvilus. According to the filing, Larose "will lobby the United States Federal Government Agencies and the State Government Agencies against MetLife Insurance Company for bad practices to delay the process of the Death Benefits, for acting with bad faith to deny the Death Benefits, for Breach of Contract of the Policies, for Corporate Violations and for Corporate Frauds." We don't get it either.

The person who answered the phone number provided said Larose wasn't available. Larose also registered in 2005 "seeking a funding grant from the United States Federal Government to make a Film," but terminated it at the end of the year with no activity.

DEBATE NIGHT! You know what to do. Poems and tips to iarnsdorf@politico.com.

FIRST IN PI … GRASS IS GREENER: Quorum Analytics, the legislative tracking software startup, is releasing a new grassroots tool. The Quorum Action Center lets supporters write, call and tweet at legislators, sign petitions and post on social media, while organizations can track their most active supporters, measure impact by district, and customize emails to targeted groups.


— ALSO FIRST IN PI … Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck raided Sidley Austin for Peter M. Goodloe. Goodloe spent 23 years as a lawyer for the House Office of Legislative Counsel and the House Energy and Commerce Committee before entering private practice in 2009. He'll focus on health policy issues. Brownstein's big clients in that area include Anthem, AbbVie, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

— STILL FIRST IN PI … Lucy Calautti started Dakota Strategies, a government relations firm in Washington and Sarasota, Fla. She's bringing along clients including Major League Baseball and the Children’s Hospital Association and will also cover energy, health care, tax policy, telecommunications, transportation and veterans. Calautti was previously a senior adviser at the law firm BakerHostetler, chief of staff to Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), and a campaign strategist for Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.). (Edelman promoted the announcement.)

— Waxman Strategies hired Glenn Hurowitz, former chair of the Forest Heroes campaign, as head of its environmental practice and Deborah Lapidus, previously outreach director at Climate Advisers, as campaigns director.

— GOPAC, which supports Republicans at the state level, hired Ashley Howes as finance coordinator and Jacqueline Wasem as communications manager. Howes previously worked with the NRSC as finance budget coordinator and staff assistant for Rep. Mark Meadows (NC-11). She succeeds Lauren Castellano, who becomes events manager. Wasem was an account executive in the public affairs practice at Hill+Knowlton Strategies.

KNOWN KNOWNS: Last night at Charlie Palmer, to celebrate Donald Rumsfeld's latest project (in partnership with Javelin): the app Churchill Solitaire: Keith Urbahn (former Rummy COS), Matt Latimer — co-founders of Javelin, Newt Gingrich, George Will, Melissa Fitzgerald from Justice for Vets, Rep. Michael McCaul, Fmr. Cheney COS "Scooter" Libby, The Daily Beast's Jamie Kirchick, Precision Network's Pat McGill, Fox News' Chris Stirewalt, DSPolitical's Kevin Walling, among many others.

SPOTTED at the Women's Information Network reception on Tuesday: Democratic Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Robin L. Kelly (R-Ill.), Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.), Dina Titus (D-Nev.), Lois Frankel (D-Fla.), Robin L. Kelly (D-Ill.), Donna F. Edwards (D-Md.), Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.) and Alma Adams (D-N.C.).

ALSO TUESDAY: American Continental Group hosted a "Groundhog Day" reception in their new offices, with the movie playing on loop in the background as downtowners and Hill staff celebrated PunxsutawneyPhil's call for an early spring and Speaker Paul Ryan's call for a return to "regular order." Spotted: Josh Hurvitz, Time Warner; Eleanor Kerr, Siemens; Bob Thomas, Elekta; Helen Rhee, Amgen; France Hoang, Momentum Aerospace Group; Michael Lonergan, Embassy of Ireland; Lindsey Dickinson, Comcast; David Pearce, AIA; Mike Nicholas, Bond Dealers of America; Lake Coulson, NAHB; Carol Kelly, National Association of Chain Drug Stores; Chris Katopis, AMI.

ONE BAD APPLE: PhRMA has been busy visiting lawmakers this week, to make the case that Martin Shkreli and his former company, Turing Pharmaceuticals, which buys old drugs from other companies and raises the prices, are not representative of the drug industry. politi.co/1L0cUmT

HIGH ENERGY: The Senate Leadership Fund secured some high figure donations from energy interests as Congress waged a fight over repealing the oil export ban: $1 million from Chevron; $1 million from Petrodome Energy; $750,000 from Devon Energy Corporation; $500,000 from Freeport LNG CEO Michael Smith and $50,000 from Occidental Petroleum CEO Stephen Chazen, reports Paul Blumenthal for the Huffington Post. huff.to/1P95G40

GARRETT FINDS DONORS AFTER ALL: Rep. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.) — who became a thorn in the side of House leadership when he said he would not donate to the National Republican Congressional Committee if it supported gay candidates — has still attracted campaign contributors from his influential seat on a key House Financial Services subcommittee, reports Pro’s Zachary Warmbrodt. “If we made decisions based on the crazy things that have been said by members of Congress, there likely wouldn't be many campaigns we could contribute to,” said Jimi Grande, senior vice president of federal and political affairs at the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies. More from Financial Services Influence: politico.pro/1VO1Qil


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