IBM Hires Lobbyists to Help Win Pentagon JEDI Cloud Business

By Chris Cornillie and Jorge Uquillas | April 3, 2018 4:14PM ET

 

IBM and rival technology companies vying for the Pentagon’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, cloud contract are intensifying lobbying efforts as the federal government prepares to open bidding for one the largest-ever programs of its kind.

 

International Business Machines Corp. retained Washington lobbying firm Crossroads Strategies LLC to make its case regarding the Pentagon’s “cloud computing strategy and programs,” according to a lobbying registration disclosure. It’s one of about a dozen companies competing for the cloud deal, which could be worth as much as $10 billion over 10 years.

 

Pentagon officials announced last month that JEDI would be a single-award contract, seemingly tilting the contest in favor of cloud computing giants such as Amazon Web Services LLC and Microsoft Corp.

 

Crossroads lobbyists listed in the registration include two with ties to legislators representing the state of Washington, where Amazon is headquartered. Shay Hancock was a military legislative assistant to Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.). Smith is ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee. Another lobbyist, Marc Numedahl, was the military legislative assistant to Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.), also a member of the Armed Services Committee.

 

Representatives from IBM and Crossroads declined to comment.

 

IBM isn’t the only JEDI competitor using the force of K Street. CSRA Inc., which built the Defense Department’s milCloud solution, spent $150,000 in the fourth quarter of 2017 on defense and IT issues including the Pentagon’s move to the cloud, according to data compiled by Bloomberg Government.

 

Akin Gump, BHFS, Podesta Group top LDA ranking

By Isaac Arnsdorf

With help from Taylor Gee, Kaitlyn Burton and Mary Lee

 

Here are your full-year and fourth-quarter 2016 Lobbying Disclosure Act revenue rankings:

 

OTHER FIRMS:

  • Venable: $10.35M in 2016 vs. $9.41M in 2015 ($2.32M in 4Q16 vs. $2.58M in 4Q15)
  • Forbes Tate Partners: $10M in 2016 vs. $9.03M in 2015 ($2.9M in 4Q16 vs. $2.4M in 4Q15)
  • Heather Podesta + Partners: $9.86M in 2016 vs. $7.54M in 2015 ($2.86M in 4Q16 vs. $2.51M in 4Q15)
  • Thorn Run Partners: $8.58M in 2016 vs. $7.52m in 2015 ($2.17M in 4Q16 vs. $1.97M in 4Q15)
  • Monument Policy Group: $6.02M in 2016 vs. $5.47M in 2015 ($1.65M in 4Q16 vs. $1.4M in 4Q15)
  • HLP&R Advocacy: $4.08M in 2016 vs. $3.63M in 2015 ($1.08M in 4Q16 vs. $930,000 in 4Q15)
  • Crossroads Strategies: $7.85M in 2016 vs. $6.77M in 2015 ($1.99M in 4Q16)

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Crossroads Strategies merges with Capitol Strategies

By ISAAC ARNSDORF
01/05/17 02:14 PM EST

 

CROSSING OVER: Capitol Strategies, founded by former Senate Appropriations Transportation Subcommittee clerk Wally Burnett and former Sen. Patty Murray legislative assistant Shay Hancock, merged with Crossroads Strategies, founded by Republican lobbyists John Green and Stewart Hall, to form CRS. With a team of 16 and combined LDA revenue of more than $11 million, the firm is expected to crack the top 20. (The firm also does political intelligence.)

Capitol Strategies emphasized transportation, defense and infrastructure. Clients include FedEx, Northrop Grumman and Cook Inlet Regional Inc.

 

Crossroads Strategies was started by founding partners of what became Ogilvy Government Relations and focused on financial services, health care, technology and energy. Senior partner Todd Weiss, partners Hunter Moorhead and Mat Lapinski helped bring the firm to more than 50 clients, including Altria, Morgan Stanley and Koch Industries, with almost $8 million in 2016 revenue.

 

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Akin Gump, Brownstein, Podesta topped Q1 revenue

By Isaac Arnsdorf

With help from Cogan Schneier and Brianna Gurciullo

 

LEAGUE TABLES: First-quarter lobbying reports are in!

 

OTHER FIRMS:

  • Forbes-Tate: $2.4 million (vs. $2.22M in 1Q15)
  • Ogilvy Government Relations: $2.64 million (up 9.1 percent from 1Q15)
  • Thorn Run Partners: $2.02 million (vs. $1.97M in 4Q15 and $1.75M in 1Q15)
  • Crossroads Strategies: $1.88 million (vs. $1.62M in 1Q15)
  • CGCN: $1.7 million (vs. $2.02M in 4Q15 and $1.77M in 1Q15)
  • Monument Policy Group: $1.45 million (vs. $1.36M in 1Q15)
  • Republic Consulting: $740,000 (vs. $710,000 in 4Q15 and $580,000 in 1Q15)

(These figures were all provided by the firms.)

 

 

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League tables! Top firms, top spenders

With help from Emily Kopp, Noah Weiland, Seung Min Kim and Daniel Lippman

 

LEAGUE TABLES: Fourth-quarter lobbying disclosures are here. It was a busy three months for many firms, with the whirlwind of legislating that produced the mammoth year-end spending and tax deals, Marc Lampkin of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck tells PI. Here’s how they stacked up:
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BGOV’s Top-Performing Lobbying Firms, Q2 2015

By Jacqueline Montgomery and Jorge Uquillas, Bloomberg Government

 

“Performance highlights: Crossroads Strategies was in the top 10 in two of the key criteria. The firm was also a top performer in Q1 2015″

 

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Google, Microsoft Turn to Congress for Cyberattack Relief

By Jim Myers, Bloomberg Government

 

“A rash of cyberattacks is driving U.S. companies including technology giants Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. to seek legislative relief from Congress. ‘There is a clear need to improve the flow of information between the private and public sectors, while being mindful of appropriate liability protections,’ said Anne Brady Perron, executive vice president of Crossroads Strategies, a lobbying firm that represents companies with an interest in the legislation. ‘As it stands now, our laws don’t do enough to foster the flow of information sharing, and this bill would encourage a public/private partnership to address and protect American consumers,’ Perron said.”

 

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Lobbyists Raise Cash to Boost Women Democrats

By Tarini Parti, POLITICO

 

“The Jenkins Hill Society – a group of Democratic women lobbyists founded by Catlin O’Neill and Joy McGlaun and dedicated to helping Democratic congresswomen – held a fundraiser Thursday evening at the home of Rep. Chellie Pingree. More than 25 women attended the reception. Spotted at the event were Reps. Ann Kuster, Cheri Bustos, Katherine Clark, Lois Frankel, Grace Meng, Kathleen Rice and Norma Torres, along with JHS members Daniele Baierlein, Anne Brady Perron with Crossroads Strategies, and Kate Callanan with America’s Health Insurance Plans.

 

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K Street’s Gains Felt at Boutique Firms, Too

By Megan Wilson, The Hill

 

“K Street surged in the early months of 2015, and the uptick in business ushered in by the new Republican Congress was felt well beyond Washington’s biggest lobby shops. Many smaller lobby and law firms saw relative gains, according to new analysis generated by Bloomberg Government and provided to The Hill.”

 

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Five Big Surprises From BGOV’s Top Lobbying Firms, 1Q 2015

Analysis by Anthony Costello, Jorge Uquillas and Ken Monahan, Bloomberg Government

 

“Through the lens of BGOV’s metrics, 10 firms displayed impressive performance in the first quarter. These firms exhibited a combination of growth, accretive growth, solid client servicing and high levels of employee compensation. Listed in alphabetical order, BGOV’s top performers of the first quarter of 2015 are: …Crossroads Strategies LLC.”

 

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