The merger ax has fallen again. When consumer finance giant Household International Inc. bought Beneficial Corp. last week, it immediately closed Beneficial's 19-employee lobbying operation and kept only two Beneficial lobbyists.

Household's J. Denis O'Toole remains at the helm of the combined company's lobbying shop as vice president of government relations. He will lead a 24-employee government relations team that includes four lobbyists here.

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