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Madison Group Retained by CTIA
July 14, 2008
Roll Call Staff By Kate Ackley and Anna Palmer
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Dialing Up a New Client. CTIA — The Wireless Association has bolstered its outside lobbying roster. It recently retained the Madison Group, a bipartisan lobbying and consulting firm that focuses on tax, technology, trade and transportation issues.

"We are pleased to represent the leading voice in telecommunications," Madison Group partner Blair Watters, a one-time lobbyist for the Computer and Communications Industry Association, said in a statement. "CTIA is an important client whose issues affect every American."

The Madison Group will focus on a few bills, including the 21st Century Servicemembers Protection Act.

That bill, introduced by Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.), would allow military members who have been called up to service to terminate or suspend certain service contracts, including those with cellular phone companies.

The firm is also helping CTIA secure passage for the MOBILE (Modernize Our Bookkeeping In the Law for Employee's) Cell Phone Act of 2008, which would change the way employer-provided cell phones and BlackBerries are treated in the tax code