CalPERS said this week it has hired two lobbying firms to represent the big pension fund in Washington, D.C. as it continues to split up a contract that previously belonged to one firm.
The California Public Employees’ Retirement System hired jointly the Lussier Group and Williams & Jensen to lobby on retirement policy issues. K&L Gates, an international law firm, was hired to represent CalPERS on investment and financial-market issues.
Until now, the Lussier Group, based in Alexandria, Va., had done all of CalPERS’ lobbying work in Washington.
CalPERS hired a third lobbying firm in November to handle health care-related issues, a joint venture between Avenue Solutions and Jennings Policy Strategies.
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“Having three separate and focused representatives broadens our reach and ability to influence outcomes,” said Anne Stausboll, CalPERS’ chief executive in a prepared statement.
The hiring is subject to negotiating final contracts; terms haven’t been established yet.
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