With Daniel LippmanCONVENTION NOTES: The Democratic and Republican conventions have one thing in widespread: They’ve each featured primetime remarks from high present or former Republican lobbyists. Former Rep. Susan Molinari (R-N.Y.), who spent years as Google’s high Washington lobbyist earlier than stepping down on the finish of 2018, referred to as Joe Biden “a really good man” who’s “exactly what this nation needs at this time,” final week on the Democratic Nationwide Conference. Former Florida Legal professional Basic Pam Bondi, who’s now a lobbyist at Ballard Companions, spent a number of minutes on Tuesday evening accusing Biden of corruption.— “When you look at his 47-year career in politics, the people who benefited are his family members, not the American people,” she mentioned. Bondi is a lobbyist for shoppers together with Amazon, Basic Motors and Uber, in response to disclosure filings. She’s additionally a registered overseas agent who advises Qatar’s authorities on “combatting human trafficking,” in response to a Justice Division submitting. Bondi’s agency, after all, is run by Brian Ballard, a high fundraiser for President Donald Trump’s reelection marketing campaign.— Tiffany Trump, in the meantime, went after the pharmaceutical business in her remarks, praising Trump’s “actions to lower drug prices and keep Americans from getting ripped off.” She returned to the theme a minute later, praising Trump’s willingness to problem “Big Pharma.”MEADOWS TALKING TO AIRLINES ABOUT MORE AID: Mark Meadows, the White Home chief of employees, advised POLITICO’s Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman this morning that he’s been in contact with American Airways, United Airways and Delta Air Traces as they warn they plan to put off or furlough tens of 1000’s of staff with out extra aid. “It would take a CARES package, I believe, to do it,” Meadows mentioned, however he added that the White Home was taking a look at unspecified govt actions as properly. “Hopefully we can help out the airlines and keep some of those employees from being furloughed,” he mentioned. He additionally urged voters with airline staff of their districts to name Speaker Nancy Pelosi and “the leader” — presumably Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell — “and let them know that it’s a priority.”Good afternoon, and welcome to PI. This text will likely be off subsequent week for its annual late summer season hiatus. Ship me your greatest suggestions earlier than it’s too late: [email protected]. Twitter: @theodoricmeyer.
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PHARMACEUTICAL LOBBY LOOKS TO COMPROMISE WITH TRUMP: “Drugmakers pitched a counteroffer to the White House aimed at stalling President Donald Trump’s plan to link Medicare’s spending on some expensive drugs to much lower prices they’re sold for abroad, according to an internal memo circulated to industry lobbyists Monday,” POLITICO’s Sarah Owermohle and Susannah Luthi report. “The proposal would save Medicare considerably less money than the administration’s original international pricing index plan. But it could give Trump evidence he’s making good on his 2016 campaign pledge to lower prescription drug prices before the election.”— “The drug industry memo comes days after Trump’s publicly announced deadline for the industry to provide an alternative to his so-called most favored nations rule. Pharmaceutical executives have downplayed any interest in negotiating with the president during their recent company earnings calls. Four industry sources confirmed that industry shared the proposal with the White House. The board of PhRMA, the brand-name drug industry’s big Washington lobby, approved the proposal Sunday and it was transmitted to the White House shortly thereafter, said one lobbyist.”MEANWHILE, IN CALIFORNIA: “The tech industry is closely watching a California proposal that would hold Amazon and other online marketplaces liable for defective products that injure customers,” POLITICO’s Katy Murphy and Leah Nylen report. “With days left in the legislative session, Etsy, eBay and other tech giants are trying to stop the measure in its tracks.”— “But there is a surprising new exception: Amazon itself. ‘I never thought I’d be sitting down, seeing eye-to-eye, with Amazon,” said Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley) in an interview Monday. ‘I figured they would always fight this. But they’re realistic. They know what’s coming and they know they are going to have to deal with it.’”— “The retail behemoth — fresh off a bruising appellate court ruling that found it liable for an exploding computer battery that landed a San Diego woman in a burn unit — decided this week to back [the bill] after Stone changed it to apply more broadly to Amazon’s competitors. The development has roiled tensions in the fiercely competitive online retail sector. Tech opponents argue the first-in-the-nation law would drag down a large swath of the economy to solve an Amazon problem, triggering a cascade of lawsuits and driving up costs for retailers and consumers.”IF YOU MISSED IT ON TUESDAY: Matthew Webb, a senior vp on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Authorized Reform, opened up concerning the Chamber’s efforts to get legal responsibility protections into coronavirus aid laws months in the past in a little-noticed webinar, The Washington Submit’s Aaron Gregg and Douglas MacMillan report. “Webb said the Chamber worked ‘very closely’ with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) on ‘what [liability] reforms look like in their package.’ Webb predicted that Republican lawmakers would rely heavily on the draft legislation given to them.— “‘They’re putting their touches on it, as well, which I don’t expect to be anything that would be of concern from the U.S. Chamber’s perspective,’ Webb said of McConnell and Cornyn’s contributions to the legislation. Drew Brandewie, a spokesman for Cornyn, said his office distributed a first draft of its own on May 6 and started working on coronavirus liability issues ‘two months before the Chamber claims to have written our bill.’ Brandewie also listed several business-friendly provisions of the Safe to Work Act that weren’t in the Chamber’s draft.”
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