UFC hires Farragut Partners to address Ali Act expansion
June 11, 2016
The D.C. based firm was formed this year. They are an offshoot of partners from another firm. They have a list of clients in the telecommunications, energy and healthcare industries. Earlier this year, T-Mobile chose the firm to help it push support for the “Wireless Tax Fairness Act.” The bill would enact a five-year moratorium on any new state or local taxes imposed on consumers for wireless service.
The firm also represents Comcast Corp., Altria Group (Tobacco Industry) and Blue Cross/Blue Shield according to opensecrets.org. Thus far this year, it has reported $950,000 in lobbying income.
Oklahoma Congressman Markwayne Mullin introduced the bill late last month.
The bill would introduce measures to expand the Ali Act protecting boxers to all pro combat sports athletes.
A three-person team at Farragut Partners will handle the UFC account including federal legislative staffers for Republican politicians.
Clearly, the UFC opposes federal regulation of MMA and specifically its business practices. It should not surprise anyone that it has hired a lobbying firm to represent its interests and gain support in opposing the expansion of the Ali Act. This year it has already spent $110,000 on lobbying firms. Last year it spent $410,000. Look for the total for this year to increase due to the Ali Act lobbying efforts. We shall see if it is money well-spent for the company.