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McKenna Long & Aldridge has hooked another Washington insider for its government relations practice. First, the firm announced that it had gained a senator, Zell B. Miller, and last week it landed an assistant defense secretary, Powell A. Moore, 66, who will join the firm on Feb. 1. He will be a managing director of federal government relations for the group. He is not a lawyer. A native of Milledgeville, Moore has worked in Washington since he joined Sen. Richard B. Russell’s office as press secretary in 1966. In addition to his stint for the current president, Moore served in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations and worked as a lobbyist when a Democrat occupied the White House. “He’s been working Capitol Hill for a department or agency of the White House or for the private sector for his entire career,” said Gordon D. Giffin, an adviser to former Sen. Sam Nunn and ambassador to Canada under President Clinton, who helped recruit Moore to the firm. “He is one of the premier government affairs specialists in Washington.” Moore’s most recent return to government from the private sector was in 1998, when he became the chief of staff for Tennessee Sen. Fred D. Thompson, a Republican. He left that post in 2001 when President Bush appointed him assistant secretary of defense for legislative affairs, where he is the liaison between the Pentagon and Congress. TIES TO MCKENNA Moore knows several members of McKenna because they all worked for Georgia Senators at some point. Besides Giffin, they include George W. “Buddy” Darden, who also helped recruit Moore to the firm. He met Darden when he was the press secretary to Russell in the late ’60s. Darden had interned for the senator. Giffin already had moved to the White House from Sen. Nunn’s office when Moore arrived in Washington, but “there is a fraternity of those of us who’ve worked for Georgia U.S. senators,” he said. Several members of that fraternity who know Moore are now at McKenna. They include Alex Albert, who was Miller’s chief of staff during his Senate tenure; C. Randall Nuckolls, who worked for Nunn and Sen. Herman Talmadge; and Eric J. Tanenblatt, who was a longtime adviser to Sen. Paul Coverdell, now deceased. (Coincidentally, Tanenblatt had worked with Moore’s wife, Pam Prochnow Moore, years before when the two worked under Coverdell at the Peace Corps.) McKenna lawyer Charles E. Campbell, like Moore and Darden, worked for Russell, serving as his final chief of staff. Fittingly, Moore, Campbell and Darden serve together on the board of the Russell Foundation, which supports the Richard B. Russell Library, the repository for the papers of the late senator and other Georgia senators. Moore said the two McKenna members had told him to get in touch if he’d like to join the firm. He’d decided to leave his post at the end of President Bush’s first term and so, a couple of months ago, he got in touch. A POLITICAL ASSET Moore will work out of McKenna’s Washington office, which he said is only a 10-minute walk from his house in Georgetown. His political connections should be an asset to the firm’s clients, which include Lockheed Martin Corp, one of the government’s largest military contractors. Moore was Lockheed’s lobbyist from 1983 to 1985 and kept the company as a client for another 10 years after he joined a lobbying firm. During that time, he worked with Darden, who was then a House representative and now counts Lockheed as a client. Tanenblatt, the head of McKenna’s national government relations practice, said it would be premature to say if Moore would do work for Lockheed, or who his clients would be. According to federal ethics rules, Moore will not be able to lobby the Department of Defense or represent members of foreign governments or foreign political parties for one year after he leaves office, he said. Defense work will “certainly be a significant part of what he will do,” Giffin said, adding that Moore’s Washington experience means he could take on a variety of issues having to do with the federal government. In addition to defense work, Tanenblatt said, Moore’s expertise would be important for work in government contracts, homeland security, international trade, tax and agriculture. “We view him as someone who will be a major asset in all areas of the firm,” Tanenblatt said

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