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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, a nonprofit focused on preserving natural habitats in the US, is hiring two attorneys with close ties to the US House of Representatives – a former House Speaker and a former Deputy Clerk.

Muftiah McCartin, who most recently served as co-chair of the public policy practice at Covington & Burling in Washington, will become NFWF’s vice president for government and corporate relations, the foundation said in a statement.

McCartin became the first woman MP in 1991, a role in which she helped draft legislation and developed a complex understanding of Home Rule.

The foundation also named Gloria Lett, who was a deputy clerk in the US House of Representatives, as vice president and general counsel.

Established by Congress in 1984, the NFWF needs those with close ties to US lawmakers.

The organization’s Congressional Charter allows it to act as a trustee for the disbursement of funds secured by various federal agencies in the performance of their duties, including funds from the settlement of court cases and regulatory actions. The NFWF works with governments, businesses and other charities to use this money for conservation projects.

Microsoft lobby

One casualty of McCartin’s move from Covington is that she will no longer engage in federal lobbying for the law firm’s longtime client, Microsoft Corp.

Politico first reported last week a May 31 federal lobbying disclosure by Microsoft concerning the termination of Covington, to whom the software giant had paid roughly $10 million in fees over a 23-year period.

Most of this public policy work was brought in by Microsoft as a result of McCartin’s departure from Covington, two people familiar with the matter said.

Public records show that McCartin and Covington received $200,000 in lobbying fees from Microsoft in 2021, plus an additional $80,000 in the second quarter of this year. Microsoft employs dozens of federal lobbyists, of which Covington and McCartin were only a part, according to public records.

“Microsoft does a lot of legal and global policy work with Covington,” McCartin said in an email. “The termination report is just because I’m leaving, and I was the focus of this work. The termination represents only a small flow of work.”

Covington ties

Covington and McCartin lobbied for Microsoft on issues of workforce development, immigration reform, energy efficiency and climate change, as well as cybersecurity and voter protection issues, according to public lobbying.

Though his lobbying for Microsoft is winding down, Covington will continue to advise the Redmond, Washington-based company on other matters including litigation, intellectual property and transactions, the two people said.

According to data from Bloomberg Law, Covington has been involved in nearly 3% of Microsoft’s litigation in US federal courts over the past three years.

Microsoft, which overhauled its internal legal structure last summer, also has other ties to Covington. Bradford Smith, a former Covington partner-turned-president and chief legal officer at Microsoft, was promoted to the company’s vice chairman last year.

Microsoft announced in its most recent annual proxy statement that Smith received nearly $20.5 million in total compensation in 2021. Bloomberg data shows Smith currently owns nearly $158 million in Microsoft stock.

McCartin

McCartin worked for Congress for 34 years before joining Covington in 2010 as Special Counsel on Government Affairs.

She previously held several senior positions in the House, including Staff Director of the Rules Committee. In this position, McCartin worked with House leadership to oversee all major legislation brought before Congress.

“Muftiah always had a wonderful smile and a warm demeanor,” then House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Nov. 9, 2005, after McCartin retired as MP. “But Muftiah has always been a calm and sensible presence for members on both sides of the aisle.”

McCartin attended Georgetown University Law Center at night during her time in public service.

In Covington, she became one of the more powerful lobbyists in Washington, where McCartin was often the only woman in a room full of men, according to a 2019 profile by The Hill.

In a statement announcing the addition of McCartin, the NFWF said the former Covington partner has “extensive private practice experience” working with clients addressing legal and regulatory challenges. McCartin said in an email that she will be joining the NFWF later this month.

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Joining McCartin at the NFWF is Lett, a former in-house counsel at Verizon Communications Inc. who was hired by the Office of House Employment Counsel as lead counsel in 1996.

Lett was promoted to House Labor Counsel four years later and served in Congress for the next two decades.

She succeeds former NFWF legal chief Daniel Strodel, who retired at the end of May, said foundation spokesman Rob Blumenthal. Strodel previously served as Chief Administrative Officer for the House of Representatives.

Strodel received a total of $400,250 in compensation from the NFWF in fiscal year 2019-20, according to the organization’s most recent federal tax return. The NFWF also paid Venable more than $233,400 for legal services that year.

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