Updated at 1:42 p.m.
Former Rep. L.F. Payne (D-Va.) of McGuireWoods Consulting is lobbying for an association of private, postsecondary schools that offer career-training programs, according to registration paperwork submitted to Congress Thursday.
The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities has Payne, the president of McGuireWoods Consulting, and Frank Donatelli, an executive vice president and director of the firm, advocating for it on financial aid for veterans and other postsecondary education matters. The organization has more than 1,800 members that include DeVry Inc., Kaplan Higher Education Corp. and ITT Educational Services Inc.
Payne said McGuireWoods is pleased to lobby for an organization that represents an “important part” of higher education and complements his firm’s work on education matters.
Brian Moran, interim CEO and president of the Association, said in a statement that he is "delighted" to have McGuireWoods, as well as Patton Boggs, help his organization with its government relations work.
"Our goal is always to help lawmakers and policy officials to understand the critical role our schools play in assisting students to achieve their career dreams, helping the nation reach President Obama’s 2020 higher education goal, and, in the process, building a more globally competitive workforce and more vibrant economy," Moran said. "These firms will help us pursue a policy agenda that puts students first, promotes postsecondary choice and eliminates barriers to career education."
The Association spent $657,000 on lobbying during the first three quarters of this year, according to congressional records. Association staff and Podesta Group lobbyists engaged in advocacy work for the organization during that period. But Podesta Group, which received $380,000 this year for its advocacy efforts, stopped lobbying for the organization in August.