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Get Out of Jail Loose lips put off jail time once again last week for former lobbyists Jack Abramoff and Michael Scanlon. The duo was expected to be sentenced Sept. 6, but in separate motions filed by the Department of Justice and Abramoff’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell of Chadbourne & Parke, and Scanlon’s lawyer, Stephen Braga of Baker Botts, the lawyers cited Abramoff and Scanlon’s cooperation with the government as the main reason for deferring sentencing until early December. The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas filed suit in July against Abramoff and Scanlon as well as former Greenberg Traurig lobbyists Jon Van Horne, Neil Volz, and former head of the Christian Coalition Ralph Reed for allegedly defrauding the tribe, which prevented it from opening a gaming operation. The tribe’s lawyer, Frederick Petti of Lewis and Roca, says the defendants are expected to answer the complaint in the next 45 to 60 days. All but Van Horne, that is; he was just served last Wednesday. “For lack of a better phrase, he appears to be avoiding process,” says Petti. Van Horne contests Petti’s characterization, saying that both his phone and address are publicly listed. — Anna Palmer
To the Lilly Pad Bruce Artim, who has worked for Utah Republican Orrin Hatch for 13 of Hatch’s 29 years in the Senate, has left to become a lobbyist in Eli Lilly’s Washington office. Most recently, Artim was Hatch’s chief judiciary counsel, and from 2003 to 2005, when Hatch chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee, he was the panel’s top counsel and its staff director.� “Bruce is among the finest that has ever worked on the Hill,” Hatch wrote in an e-mail. “He could handle anything I threw at him, and, believe me, I threw a lot of tough issues his way.” To Eli Lilly, Artim brings a detailed knowledge of intellectual property issues, which the Judiciary panel handles and which Artim was involved in when he was also chief counsel to the committee’s IP subcommittee.� Before joining Hatch’s Labor and Human Resources Committee as minority counsel in 1992, Artim also was the Food and Drug Administration desk officer at the Office of Management and Budget and was with the United States Public Health Service. Artim is no stranger to Eli Lilly territory, having attended law school in Indiana, the home state of the $14 billion pharmaceutical giant with 43,000 employees worldwide. Artim could not be reached for comment. He joins Eli Lilly as a director handling IP. — T.R. Goldman
And Now the Post It’s ready to brave K Street, but don’t call it a lobbyist just yet. The Washington Post Co. registered with the Senate to lobby for the Higher Education Act, the D.C. College Access Act, the Free Flow of Information Act, and pension reform. But Post Vice President Patrick Butler says the venerable Washington newspaper is merely monitoring these legislative items. He says the Post is interested in the pension bill because of multiemployer pension plans. Butler calls his recent filing to lobby the Senate “an abundance of caution,” rather than an all-out battle. “We aren’t at the threshold where this [lobbying] is required.” This isn’t the first time the Post has danced down K Street. According to federal disclosure reports, the company spent more than $1.2 million on lobbying between 1998 and 2005. And the company has been represented in Washington by Covington & Burling and PodestaMattoon for the past nine years. In 2005 the Post paid PodestaMattoon $80,000 to secure funds for the District’s tuition-assistance program in addition to H.R. 3673, also known as the Second Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act to Meet Immediate Needs Arising From the Consequences of Hurricane Katrina. The Post is also monitoring a federal shield bill that would protect reporters who refuse to publicly identify confidential sources. — Joe Crea

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