Updated November 12
After three years with TwinLogic Strategies, the Online Publishers Association (OPA) has dropped the lobby shop for Patton Boggs.
TwinLogic stopped lobbying for OPA on October 31, a day before Patton started to advocate for the trade group, according to documents filed with Congress this week. Patton's lobbying registration came less than a month after the firm announced that it hired Michael Drobac, who was the vice president of government affairs at OPA when the group hired TwinLogic. Drobac is one of the lobbyists handling the account.
OPA had only used an in-house lobbyist and TwinLogic employees for its federal government affairs work this year, congressional records show. Of the $210,000 OPA spent on federal lobbying during the first three quarters of this year, $130,000 went to TwinLogic.
Drobac said he is "excited" to work with OPA again.
"It was a great opportunity," he said.
In addition to Drobac, public policy adviser Sarah Vilms, as well as associates Jennifer Cetta and Gregory Louer, are on the account.
Emily Peck, an OPA spokeswoman, didn't have an immediate comment.
OPA has enlisted Patton to lobby for it on "Issues related to online privacy generally," according to a lobbying registration report the firm submitted to Congress. But the paperwork doesn't elaborate on Patton's activities. TwinLogic most recently lobbied for OPA on 15 privacy bills, including the Do Not Track Me Online Act and the Data Accountability and Trust Act, according to a lobbying termination report the shop filed with Congress.
Founded in 2001, OPA represents 59 media organizations, including The Washington Post, The Associated Press and Viacom Inc.