July 29, 2010

Washington Post calls Venable a "powerhouse law firm" in Affordable Mail Alliance story

1 min

A story in the July 29 edition of the Washington Post details the preparations by the Affordable Mail Alliance, a coalition of more than 700 publishers, direct-mail companies, nonprofit groups and other mailers, to battle a proposed postal rate increase.

The Post story detailed the team assembled to represent the alliance, including Democratic-leaning strategy and media firm, SKDKnickerbocker, and “powerhouse law firm” Venable, which will handle legal challenges to the Postal Service's plans.

The group’s legal team – Venable partner David Levy and attorney Matthew Field - filed an objection this week with the Postal Regulatory Commission advancing the idea that the postal service focus on cutting costs, as its private-sector competitors have, rather than raising rates.

The proposed rate hike would include a two-cent increase for first-class stamps, to 46 cents, and an eight percent jump for magazine publishers. The increases are projected to generate more than $2.3 billion for the Postal Service over the first nine months of next year, helping to narrow a budget gap estimated to hit $7 billion.