After lobbying for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's legal reform group for five years, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck in Washington has received a new assignment from the business federation.
The Chamber has tapped Brownstein to advocate for it on congressional immigration reform proposals, according to lobbying registration paperwork filed with Congress on Tuesday. This work is in addition to the lobbying Brownstein already does for the Chamber's Institute for Legal Reform on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, delinquent tax collection and asbestos claim matters. The firm received $40,000 from the group for its lobbying during the first quarter of this year.
Brownstein shareholders Marc Lampkin and William Moschella, as well as policy director Elizabeth Maier, are handling the new Chamber account.
Immigration reform is a key focus of the Chamber's lobbying this year. The organization is pushing for legislation that secures U.S. borders and bolsters guest worker programs and national employee verification. And the U.S. Senate is debating an immigration bill the Chamber supports.
"This bipartisan legislation is a strong, positive step towards establishing a sensible legal framework and enforceable guidelines that respect the rule of law, helping protect U.S. borders, and meeting the economic and social needs of America," Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas Donohue said in a written statement last month.
The Chamber spent $10.1 million on federal lobbying during the first quarter of this year, according to congressional records. For its advocacy work, the Chamber has used its own staffers, as well as lobbyists from more than a dozen firms, including Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld; Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; and Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough.