Mayer Brown this week revealed to Congress that it is lobbying for the U.S. arm of a French telecommunications giant after the lobbying relationship between the company and Wiley Rein ended.
The law firm is advocating for Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc. on "[s]pectrum legislation," according to lobbying registration paperwork. Wiley Rein, which filed a lobbying termination report with Congress last week, received about $80,000 from Alcatel-Lucent for lobbying in 2011 on several spectrum-related bills, congressional records show. Firm senior public policy consultant Douglas Wiley and public policy consultant Scott Weaver most recently lobbied on measures that included spectrum auction legislation that Congress passed in February in an effort to free up airwaves for new wireless networks.
Wiley declined to comment. Mayer Brown partner Howard Waltzman, who is handling the account, couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. Alcatel-Lucent spokeswoman Mary Ward didn’t have an immediate comment.
The company spent $330,000 on its U.S. lobbying efforts during the first three months of this year, according to congressional records. Alcatel-Lucent used its own employees, as well as lobbyists at Covington & Burling and PutalaStrategies, for its government affairs work.