Updated 5:55 p.m.
Cassidy & Associates has rolled out the red carpet for the Screen Actors Guild.
Lobbying records show the actors' union terminated its relationship with Kilpatrick Stockton on June 30, after working with the firm for more than two years and paying nearly $375,000 in lobbying fees. This week, Cassidy & Associates registered the guild as a client, dating back to July 1.
Cassidy lobbyists, including former Rep. Marty Russo (D-Ill.), the firm's chief executive officer, will work on "federal taxation issues relevant to the interests of SAG members" and issues related to digital online theft, according to the lobbying registration. A Cassidy spokesman could not immediately comment further on the work the firm is doing for the new client.
A Screen Actors Guild spokeswoman e-mailed a statement from Nancy Fox, national director of government relations and policy for the guild, saying that "Cassidy was brought on to assist us with a precise legislative agenda including tax issues important to performers, intellectual property protections and other entertainment and media matters."