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Stuntz goes solo — Former Rep. Alexander to Picard Group — Verizon VP to wireless group — IFA names new board members at convention

By TARINI PARTI

2/18/15 2:01 PM EST

PI SCOOPLET — STUNTZ GOES SOLO: Reid Stuntz, Capitol Hill veteran and top aide to former Rep. John Dingell, has started his own firm, Stuntz Strategies. Stuntz, who worked for 18 years on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and later went to work for Hogan Lovells, will lobby on energy, environment, health care and telecom issues and will be sharing some clients with Hogan Lovells, he told PI. “It’s to do the things I love to do, and that’s what this is about,” he said.

Stuntz will also be working with clients on the communications and political challenges of addressing congressional investigations. The website for his new firm went live this weekend, and he’ll soon be filing registrations for the clients he is sharing with Hogan Lovells.

FORMER REP. ALEXANDER TO PICARD GROUP: Former Louisiana GOP Rep. Rodney Alexander, who also served as secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs, has joined The Picard Group, a governmental affairs firm based in Lafayette, La., with offices in Washington and Baton Rouge. Alexander will serve as senior director of federal affairs in the firm’s Washington office. “Rodney Alexander is one of the most experienced and well-liked members of Congress,” said Tyron Picard, founder of The Picard Group. “He has a long history of bringing people together, reaching across the aisle and getting things done. We are extremely proud to have him join our organization.”

GOOD WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, where it has been 130 years since Mark Twain’s "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was published. Don’t forget to cheer on the Tar Heels against Duke tonight! Send your game commentary, lobbying news, gossip, tips and scoops to tparti@politico.com. Keep up with PI on Twitter by following @tparti and @PoliticoPI.

VERIZON VP TO WIRELESS GROUP: The Wireless Infrastructure Association has hired former Verizon executive Marissa Mitrovich as vice president of program development. Mitrovich will lead the group’s new business activities and project initiatives, including training and education, according to a press release. At Verizon, Mitrovich served as vice president for public policy and worked on variety of wireless issues, including machine-to-machine applications, consumer issues and broadband deployment.

IFA NAMES NEW BOARD MEMBERS AT CONVENTION: The International Franchise Association has named three new board members — Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen CEO Cheryl Bachelder, Dunkin’ Brands Chief Legal & Human Resources Officer Richard Emmett and Auntie Anne’s Pretzels franchisee Matthew Patinkin — at the group’s annual convention in Las Vegas. IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira also asked the 4,000 attendees to join businesses and trade associations as part of the Coalition to Save Local Businesses, which launched last week to push Congress to halt the National Labor Relations Board from redefining joint employer standard.

MUSEUM GROUP HOSTS FLY-IN: The American Alliance of Museums is bringing together 250 staff, students, board members, volunteers, supporters and independent professionals who work for and with museums to travel to Capitol Hill next week and advocate for federal support of museums. The group will present members of Congress with research and stories on the economic, educational and community impact museums make locally and nationally.

“Museums are essential to communities everywhere, as part of our educational infrastructure, as economic engines and as community assets that improve the overall quality of life,” said Alliance President Ford Bell in a statement. “We are pleased to provide an opportunity for museum colleagues to join us in delivering these critical messages to Congress.”

PHILLIP STUTTS & CO. REBRANDS: Phillip Stutts & Company is changing its name to Go BIG Media Inc. after 10 years and will focus on “the creative, production, and targeting of digital and traditional media” for political and advocacy campaigns, according to a press release. The firm’s clients include House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, House Conservatives Fund, American Federation for Children and Alliance for School Choice.

JEB BUSH RAISES $250K AT BGR EVENT: Via your PI host, “Bush raised more than $250,000 for his super PAC Right to Rise at an event hosted by lobbying firm BGR Group’s CEO Lanny Griffith, who worked in former President George H.W. Bush’s administration … Despite the federal government being closed, more than 150 people showed up at BGR’s offices in downtown D.C. to support the former Florida governor in his continuing efforts to lay the foundation for a likely White House run. At the fundraiser, Bush previewed his speech on foreign policy that he will deliver to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs on Wednesday, according to attendees … Bush was also expected to attend another fundraiser Tuesday evening, at the McLean, Va., home of DLA Piper’s Jamie Wareham.” Full story: http://politi.co/1AlbwrE

ELSEWHERE IN THE INFLUENCE WORLD:

PARTING WAYS: PR giant Edelman's work for the American Petroleum Institute is set to end, according to The Holmes Report. http://bit.ly/1vWNkgH

FOREIGN GIFTS: The Clinton Foundation dropped its self-imposed ban on collecting funds from foreign governments. Recent donors to the foundation include the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Australia, Germany and a Canadian government agency pushing for the Keystone XL pipeline. http://on.wsj.com/1vemuju

NEW JOINT FUNDRAISING COMMITTEES (Members of JFC):

None

NEW PAC REGISTRATIONS (Type of PAC):

None

NEW LOBBYING REGISTRATIONS: (Firm: Client)

None

NEW LOBBYING TERMINATIONS: (Firm: Client (Type of Termination))

Corley Consulting, LLC: Oracle Corporation (Q4 Termination)

David Gardiner & Associates, LLC: CERES (Q4 Termination (no activity))

Franklin Creek Consulting: California Cities for Self Reliance Joint Powers Authority (Q4 Termination)

Franklin Creek Consulting: William Sellery and Associates (on behalf of Salishan LLC) (Q4 Termination)

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