Lobbying Relationship

Client

Small Business Cigar Coalition (Informal Coalition)

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Lobbying firm

ALSTON & BIRD, LLP

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  • Implementation of Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, small manufacturer provisions; FDA deeming and tobacco user fee rules.
  • Consideration of increased federal excise tax for cigars.

Duration: to

General Issues: Health Issues, Taxation/Internal Revenue Code, Tobacco

Spending: about $540,000 (But it's complicated. Here's why.)

Agencies lobbied since 2013: U.S. Senate, House of Representatives

Affiliated organizations: Blunt Wrap U.S.A., Inc.; Cheyenne International, LLC; Dosal Tobacco Corporation; Eastgate Tobacco Company, LLC; Good Times USA, LLC; National Honey Almond; National Tobacco Co., L.P.; New Image Global, Inc.; Ohserase Manufacturing, LLC; Show Cigars; Tantus Tobacco, LLC; Tobacco Technology, Inc.; Trendsettah, Inc.; Tobacco Rag Processors, Inc.; Unitabac, LLC

Lobbyists

Lobbyists named here were listed on a filing related to this lobbying engagement. They may not be working on it now. Occasionally, a single lobbyist whose name is spelled two different ways on filings may be represented twice here.

Lobbyist Covered positions?
Marc Scheineson Associate Commissioner for Leg. Affairs, FDA
Carolyn Smith Assoc. Dep. Chief of Staff & Leg. Coun., Joint Cmte on Tax.
Mark Rayder Leg. Ass't, Rep. T. Latham; Leg. Ass't Rep. R. Frelinghuysen District Rep., D. Gallo
Chris Huffaker LD, Rep. Steve Womack (AR-03); LA, Rep. Steve Womack (AR-03)
Brendan Carroll n/a

Disclosures Filed

Once a lobbying engagement begins, the lobbyist or firm is required to file updates four times a year. Those updates sometimes change which lobbyists are involved or add new issues being discussed. When lobbyists stop working for a client, the firm is also supposed to file a report disclosing the end of the relationship.

Termination
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Registration

Source: Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives and Secretary of the Senate

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