Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld last week notified Congress that a former congressman who is now at the firm is lobbying for a San Antonio-based insurance and financial institution for veterans and members of the military, as well as their families.
Former Rep. Tom Loeffler (R-Texas), an Akin partner, is advocating for the United Services Automobile Association (USAA) on investment, insurance and banking regulation, according to a lobbying registration filing. He is handling the account with Akin senior policy counsel Hans Rickhoff.
Loeffler, a former co-chairman of GrayLoeffler (now Gray Global Advisors), helped lobby for USAA there before he joined Akin last fall, according to congressional records. USAA paid GrayLoeffler at least $150,000 for its government advocacy efforts last year, before Loeffler’s departure, which marked the end of the organization’s lobbying relationship with the firm. Loeffler has lobbied for USAA for at least 12 years.
The former congressman couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. USAA spokesman Roger Wildermuth had no immediate comment.
USAA spent $8.17 million on federal government advocacy work last year by its own staffers and outside lobbyists, according to congressional records. In addition to GrayLoeffler, the organization used Hogan Lovells, W Strategies, J.E. Martinez & Associates and Peck, Madigan, Jones & Stewart to lobby for it in 2011.