You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Endeavor Signs With D.C. Lobbying Firm Led by Former Trump Campaign Adviser

WASHINGTON — Endeavor, the parent company of WME and IMG, has signed on to American Continental Group, the lobbying and government affairs firm led by David Urban, and early backer of Donald Trump in the 2016 campaign.

Endeavor’s representation was disclosed as part of lobbying registrations filed with the U.S. Senate. Politico first reported on the registration, which was made under Endeavor’s former name, WME IMG LLC.

American Continental Group bills itself as a bipartisan firm, and its staffers have worked on Capitol Hill on both sides of the aisle. Other media and entertainment clients that the firm has represented have included the Copyright Alliance, Comcast, the MPAA, Time Warner, and Viacom, and they have worked on issues such as intellectual property.

A spokesman for Endeavor said the company has two in-house government relations executives and has also retained other outside firms. It owns UFC and the Miss Universe Pageant.

Urban, who is a political commentator on CNN, served as senior political liaison at the Republican convention, and later as senior adviser to the campaign, focused on securing Trump’s victory in Pennsylvania. Trump is a former client of Ari Emanuel, the CEO of Endeavor. The brother of Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, Emanuel has traditionally given to Democrats. Executives of WME has also formed a political action committee, Endeavor Action, which on Monday evening is hosting an Emily’s List event in Beverly Hills in support of pro-choice Democratic House candidates.

Popular on Variety

More Politics

  • Lowell Smokes Cafe Marijuana

    With Cannabis Lounges, On-Site Consumption, Marijuana-Infused Meals Go Legit

    Can this century’s Roaring ’20s repeat history but with pre-rolled joints instead of whiskey flasks and soccer moms as the new flappers? This month, West Hollywood will see the opening of the nation’s first at least quasi-legal cannabis consumption lounge, officially dubbed Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Café, located at 1211 N. La Brea between Fountain [...]

  • President Donald Trump waves as he

    Trump Holds Fundraiser in Hollywood's Backyard

    President Trump paid a visit to Los Angeles on Tuesday, as part of a West Coast fundraising swing expected to raise $15 million. Trump is set to appear at a dinner at developer Geoffrey Palmer’s house in Beverly Hills, where tickets range from $1,000 to $100,000 for VIPs. Though set in Hollywood’s backyard, the event [...]

  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Burning Image Debate Ad

    ABC Runs Debate Ad Showing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Burning Image

    ABC aired an ad during Thursday’s Democratic debate that depicted a burning image of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and likened her politics to those that caused the Cambodian genocide. New Faces GOP funded the ad, which features Elizabeth Heng, a Republican who lost a bid for a Fresno-area congressional seat last year. Ocasio-Cortez responded on Twitter, [...]

  • Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris.

    ABC News' Democratic Debate Lacked Energy and Purpose

    At long last, former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Elizabeth Warren were on the same stage. And the result was a long and fairly dull evening. After two Democratic Party debate stages in which the field of candidates had been bifurcated — splitting, in both cases, the perceived frontrunners from the establishment and insurgent [...]

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden responds

    Protesters Interrupt Joe Biden During Democratic Debate

    Protesters interrupted presidential candidate Joe Biden during Thursday’s democratic debate. The chants came nearly two and a half hours in as moderator George Stephanopoulos asked the former vice president about any professional setbacks he’s faced and how he recovered from them. “We’re going to clear the protesters,” Stephanopoulos said as the chants began. “We’re sorry.” [...]

  • Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren,

    Dems Debate in Houston: Moderates Push Back on Medicare for All

    The third Democratic debate on Thursday was billed as the first showdown between the top contenders: Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders. Biden did challenge the liberal senators on health care early in the debate, which was broadcast on ABC. He asked repeatedly how they would pay for their multi-trillion [...]

  • Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth WarrenSecond 2020

    How to Watch the Third Democratic Primary Debate

    The leading Democratic candidates will once again go head to head tonight in Houston, Tex. for the party’s third debate ahead of the primaries. The anticipated debate, which will include the 10 Democratic candidates currently leading in the polls, will kick off at 8 p.m. ET and will broadcast live on ABC and Univision. ABC [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content