The Hill reports that the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has hired former Capitol Hill aides Ali Amirhooshmand and Danielle Rodman. Amirhooshmand and Rodman will serve as directors of federal government affairs for the games industry lobbying organization.
Amirhooshmand is the co-founder of the D.C.-based consulting firm Seward Square Group. His specialty at the firm was intellectual property, cybersecurity and other issues. Before that, he worked for former House Majority Whip Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas). Rodman served as the primary Judiciary Committee adviser for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) and as a staff assistant on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.
"They will be strong additions to our team as we continue collaborating with policymakers to cultivate an environment that fosters the innovation and creativity for which our industry is known," said Erik Huey, ESA's senior vice president of government affairs.
The ESA spent about $4.8 million on lobbying efforts in 2012 on a number of issues such as anti-piracy enforcement, privacy regulations, and high-skill immigration.
Source: The Hill