WASHINGTON – Hallmark Cards Inc. is preparing to send Capitol Hill a special greeting this year. But it’s not the sappy, well-wishing kind that made the company famous.
Hallmark has hired new lobbyists to tell members of Congress how proposed cuts in Saturday mail delivery would hurt the company and its employees. As the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service seeks ways to trim costs, ending Saturday mail delivery is an increasingly attractive option. Lobbyists for Hallmark will advocate for lower pension costs for postal workers, and for a House resolution that expresses support for six-day-a-week mail service.
Hallmark has terminated a lobbying contract with Evans Capitol Group, the lobbying firm founded by Rae Evans, Hallmark’s representative in Washington for the past 40 years, according to lobbying disclosures first reported by The Washington Post.
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