As Congress debates reauthorizing two major rail laws that expire this year, the East Coast's largest railroad operator has tapped the lobbying arm of Cleveland-based law firm McDonald Hopkins for help in Washington.
CSX Corp. enlisted McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies to advocate for it on unspecified matters concerning rail reauthorization, according to lobbying registration paperwork filed with Congress on Tuesday.
In September, the Rail Safety Improvement Act and the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act from 2008 are set to expire. The Rail Safety Improvement Act covers Federal Railroad Administration safety programs. The Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act concerns Amtrak and the development of new rail services.
Fulp directed a request for comment to McDonald Hopkins communications consultant Christopher Barron, who didn't have an immediate comment. A CSX representative also didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
CSX spent $908,000 on federal lobbying during the first quarter of this year, according to congressional records. For its advocacy efforts, the Jacksonville, Fla.-based company used its own staffers, as well as lobbyists from Hunton & Williams, The Law Offices of Kevin G. Curtin, McGlotten & Jarvis, The Duberstein Group and The Smith-Free Group.
The company lobbied on antitrust, appropriations and railroad rehabilitation bills, among other matters.