As Qwest Communications International struggles with customers dropping their landlines in favor of wireless technologies, the telecom company is doing some downsizing of its own in Washington, D.C.
Shirley Bloomfield, senior vice president of federal relations and head of the companys Washington office, is leaving Qwest on March 13.
Qwest will not replace Bloomfield.
Instead, Steve Davis, senior vice president of public policy and government relations, who is based in Denver, is taking over Bloomfields portfolio. The reorganization was announced internally two weeks ago, according to Qwest spokesman Tom McMahon.
Prior to joining Qwest in 2007, Bloomfield, a Democrat, was vice president of government affairs and association services at the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association.
The company has decided to put more emphasis on a lot of the state activity and obviously the economy is affecting everybody, Bloomfield said. They are downsizing the Washington office but will still have a presence here.
The state presidents in our local area region will be taking on a much bigger role and more responsibility when it comes to dealing with Congressional delegations, Bloomfield added.
The telecom company, which spent more than $2.6 million in 2008 on lobbying, has also terminated its outside lobbying contracts with Clark Lytle & Geduldig and Van Scoyoc Associates Inc.
Calling All Donors. Lobbyists hoping to give their wallets a break from campaign contributions after the 2008 cycle arent going to have much luck if the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has anything to do with it.
The DSCC is already looking to tap company political action committees and individuals to become members of the DSCC Senate Roundtable.
The campaign committee sent out an e-mail invitation Thursday asking for a $5,000 annual commitment to the DSCC. The benefits: monthly breakfasts with Democratic Senators, two tickets to the annual DSCC fall and spring receptions, and a personal DSCC fundraising contact.
DSCC spokesman Eric Schultz declined to comment.
Firms Flying High. Pink slips are flying at law firms nationwide, but for their public policy practices in Washington, its so far only black ink.
Holland & Knight eliminated 243 lawyers and support staff across the firms 21 offices this month, yet the firms public policy and regulation practice in Washington added 11 lobbyists and more than 40 new clients with the acquisition of the lobbying group MARC Associates.
MARCs client base plus Holland & Knights own growth it to the top of the list of Washington firms with new clients so far this year, according to the most recent Senate lobbying disclosure records.
Former Rep. Gerry Sikorski (D-Minn.) attributes the firms surge to several factors, including renewed interest in government inspired by the Obama administration and a recognition by clients of the increased role government will play in the economy and business in 2009.
There is pent-up public policy that needs to be made on everything from energy to climate change, national security and health care, he said. Our firms diversity has allowed us to be faster, stronger and better in tough economic times.
Rep. Bill Cassidy has his blood drawn by Alesha Barbour during a free hepatitis screening in the Rayburn House Office Building hosted by the Congressional Viral Hepatitis Caucus to recognize "National Viral Hepatitis Testing Day."
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