TELECOM. BellSouth has hired Polaris Government Relations and lobbyists Dan Gans and Amelia Blackwood to lobby on telecommunications issues, according to Senate public records. Gans was a chief of staff to former Rep. Bob Riley (R-Ala.) and had worked at the Alexander Strategy Group. Blackwood worked for Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) before a brief stint at Alexander. Polaris has seven clients besides BellSouth.