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U.S. Chamber of Commerce taps Michelle Russo as communications officer

U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday that Discovery Inc.'s executive vice president Michelle Russo will become its chief communications officer starting April 9.

Why it matters: Since the new year, the lobbying agency has turned over some media employees among the communications team. Russo is joining the team following 4 years in London.

Editor's note: This piece was corrected to show only a few people in the Chamber's communications team had left (not the entire team).

2020 Dems steer clear of AIPAC conference

Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren pictures in a collage
Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). Photos: Getty Images

Several 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have said that they don't plan on attending D.C.'s annual AIPAC conference, which kicks off this weekend.

The backdrop: AIPAC has been at the heart of a battle within the Democratic Party after Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar apologized for invoking anti-Semitic tropes when criticizing the powerful pro-Israel lobbying group last month. While a host of top congressional Democrats blasted her comments, three candidates for the 2020 Democratic nomination — Sens. Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren — stood behind her.

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