It often goes unreported, but Beacon Hill does have a wide revolving door into lobbying firms and non-profit advocacy groups that are politically active. While the trend receives much more ink in D.C., it is important given the amount of money being spent on lobbying on laws like the massive healthcare “cost containment,” Chapter 224.
The latest example appeared in SHNS ($) for the chief of staff of the committee that wrote the House version of Ch 224. His new employer represents some of the biggest players in healthcare in the state.
Health Care Financing Committee Co-chair Rep. Steven Walsh’s chief of staff JOSH HARRELL is leaving the House of Representatives for a job at Nutter, McClennen & Fish. Harrell, a Lynn native, is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and New England School of Law. He has worked for Walsh since 2004 when he started at the State House as a legislative aide. He plans to work with lobbyist William Kennedy, a partner at Nutter McClennen & Fish in the business department and chair of the firm’s public policy group. The law firm represents a number of clients in the health care field, including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, CeltiCare Health Plan, Partners HealthCare System, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufactures of America, and Tufts Medical Center.