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Wanted: A Home Her son Alexander was murdered in the December 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, and Suse Lowenstein has spent the past 18 years seeking to honor him (and all victims of terrorism) through art. Now, Lowenstein and her husband Peter want Capitol Hill’s help. Shortly after the tragedy, Lowenstein made a life-size sculpture of herself, capturing the physical emotions she first experienced upon learning of her son’s death. That image soon led to a project involving 76 sculptures of other women who lost loved ones in the same attack. The Lowensteins are now looking for a permanent home for Dark Elegy. Having had their sights set on the United Nations, the couple tapped Pamela Ray, president of Pamela Ray & Associates, to lobby Congress to get the State Department to donate Dark Elegy to the global body (gifts to the United Nations can only come from a member nation). But the United Nations is putting a moratorium on all gifts until 2014 due to renovations. Ray, who has a handful of New York-based clients including Touro Law Center, Suffolk County, and the New York State Association of Housing & Renewal Officials, has primarily targeted senators from Northeastern states, in particular Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), an early champion of the project. In light of the United Nations’ gift ban, Ray says she remains committed to finding a home for Dark Elegy, indicating the Lowensteins’ interest in other “appropriate venues” in New York or in Washington, D.C., possibly West Potomac Park. “This is not like we are starting over,” says Ray of the setback that came late last week in response to an inquiry made by Lautenberg’s office. “Our mission remains the same.” The family first attempted the lobbying from their home in Montauk, N.Y., but getting one’s voice heard in Congress is a full-time job. “[Lobbying] became so overwhelming,” says Lowenstein. “We weren’t cut out to do it. Plus, if there was a rejection, we wouldn’t take that well. Our goal was to [find] a person completely uninvolved in the tragedy itself.” One of Ray’s first orders of business was securing a resource commitment from Alexander Lowenstein’s alma mater, Syracuse University, which Ray also attended. The university lost 35 students, who were returning home for the holidays after a semester in London, in the bombing. Lowenstein says that once a permanent home is established for the memorial, the 76 statues will be cast in bronze; currently, they are set in fiberglass and synthetic stone. — Joe Crea
Medieval Times Not your usual client from across the waters, the Kingdom of Gwynedd is the name used by a civic organization advocating for Gwynedd, a province in northwest Wales. It recently registered with lobbying firm Bradford Griffith & Saxe for congressional help in restoring “ancient Welsh culture” and bringing “freedom to the Welsh people through peace and culture,” according to Senate lobbying registrations. The organization, composed of citizens of the largely obscure Gwynedd, hopes to bring attention to the plight of the Welsh people, who are often out of sight and out of mind stateside, says Mark Saxe, a senior partner at Bradford Griffith. The group is also seeking support to help Gwynedd slip out from under the hands of the English and for the House of Gruffudd (the former Welsh governing body of Gwynedd) to be restored to its royal status. Gwynedd, says Saxe, “would like more U.S. attention.” The modern province of Gwynedd — population 118,000 — was established in April 1974. Her Majesty Queen Willow ferch Gruffudd, whose family ruled more than 900 years ago and who is listed on lobbying registrations as a consultant, traveled from Wales to Washington last week to meet with leaders face to face, Saxe says. Though the people of small Gwynedd aren’t suffering from violent unrest, Saxe insists Gwynedd is still worthy of attention. “When you have wars going on in places like Somalia and Darfur, small places like Wales get put on the back burner,” he adds. — Osita Iroegbu
No Worries, Mate Lawmakers can’t seem to reform the K Street tribe fast enough. Congress has moved so quickly with its reform agenda that lobbyists are still trying to digest the new changes. Leave it to a law firm to take the stress out of things — or add to it. A recent Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice invitation to an event honoring members and staff of the North Carolina congressional delegation carries a disclaimer: “ This event complies with the revised House and Senate rules.“ The firm’s new ethics expert, John Mashburn, a former general counsel to Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.), says things are in flux for staffers and congressmen, and they need to feel secure about attending receptions. “In order to make them more confident about it, let’s just make them sure of the rules,” he says of the disclaimer. Such notices may soon become a trend. — Joe Crea
• AFTER DARK • Abramoff’s Ghost The new management of Jack Abramoff’s old restaurant has done a pretty thorough job scrubbing the place of its previous reputation as a den of shady deals and free meals for ethically flexible lawmakers. Say goodbye to Signatures and hello to D’Acqua Restaurant, a new Italian seafood restaurant that is the brainchild of D.C. restaurateurs Francesco “Cesco” Ricchi — of Ristorante i Ricchi fame — and Enzo Febbraro. Gone are the drab yellows and general stuffy Washington interior, and in their place is the Italian-Mediterranean feel of a Tuscan-style villa, replete with new hardwood floors and a waterfall. Though the owners downplay any negativity that Abramoff’s ghost may cast over the new venture, Ricchi can’t help but blush noting the clear shot to the Capitol from his restaurant. Indeed, although the restaurant opened on Dec. 28, its public relations agency, Linda Roth Conte & Associates, held a splashy party last Tuesday before President George W. Bush’s State of the Union speech. Yet lawmakers stayed away. In fact, the only congressman who RSVP’d, Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.), was a no-show. Former Ohio Rep. Jim Stanton (D) and his wife, Peggy, did attend the event, however. Despite that setback, Raimondo Russo, the restaurant’s general manager, has high hopes for success. And the deal-making atmosphere from Signatures remains. There are two fund-raising rooms, and daring types might ask to dine at Abramoff’s old perch, Table 40, which still sits close to the kitchen door. — Joe Crea
• HEARD ON THE STREET • • “It was kind of lackluster. In his defense, after six years, there’s not a lot to talk about. No one takes satisfaction that he’s doing so terribly, because he’s the president. If he’s having a bad time, we’re all having a bad time.” — Democrat Patrick Murphy, senior vice president of mCapitol Management, on President George W. Bush’s State of the Union address • “It was a low-key speech, probably a humble speech given that he’s facing an opposition Congress, but he managed to keep it uplifting.” — Jade West, a Republican and senior vice president of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors • “The president has been steadfast in . . . making comprehensive immigration reform one of his top domestic priorities this year. But as the debate proceeds, it is important to get the policy details right. If we are going to truly reform our broken system, the new system must be effective.” — Janet Murguia, National Council of La Raza

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