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Lobbying Globe: Former Rep. Comstock launches fintech group


Mar 15, 2023

Former Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) will lead the American Customer &amp Investor Institute, a newly-launched nonprofit focused on expanding access to monetary technologies platforms. The group’s formation comes as federal regulators aim to increase oversight of fintech and crypto corporations, which do not face the very same level of scrutiny as banks. Comstock, who is a senior adviser at Baker Donelson, chaired the Residence Science, Space, and Technologies Committee’s analysis and technologies panel even though in Congress.

Deborah Rowe, a longtime aide to former Residence Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), joined the Alpine Group as a policy director. Rowe joined Hoyer’s workplace in 2014 and most not too long ago served as a senior adviser to the Maryland Democrat. 

Former Democratic Georgia gubernatorial hopeful Stacey Abrams joined Rewiring America as senior counsel, exactly where she will aid lead the nonprofit’s push to connect communities to clean power incentives and jobs developed by the Inflation Reduction Act. Abrams, the former Georgia Residence minority leader and a prominent critic of voter suppression, ran two unsuccessful campaigns for governor.

Robert Zirkelbach rejoined the Pharmaceutical Investigation and Companies of America as executive vice president of public affairs and strategic initiatives. Zirkelbach, a former Residence GOP aide, was a prime executive at PhRMA from 2014 to 2020 just before leaving for ExxonMobil. The top market lobbying group parted strategies with some of its prime Democratic lobbyists right after Democrats integrated drug pricing reforms in the Inflation Reduction Act, dealing drugmakers their initial important defeat in decades.

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Lisa Malloy joined British defense contractor BAE Systems as senior vice president for communications. Malloy spent almost 14 years at Intel Corp., most not too long ago top the company’s international government and manufacturing communications.

The Public Affairs Council promoted Kristin Brackemyre to senior director of its public affairs practice and Victoria Ellington to senior manager of political engagement. Brackemyre previously led PAC and government relations for the group, even though Ellington was a PAC and grassroots manager.

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