The MPAA’s Washington D.C. office has fleshed out its staff with four new positions, the organization’s chairman/CEO Chris Dodd announced today. Alex Swartsel, Brian Cohen and Lauren Pastarnack have joined the MPAA’s government affairs team and Kate Bedingfield has joined the communications team. Dodd said Pastarnack’s “experience working with the crucial and often complex issues that come through the Senate Judiciary Committee has already made her an enormous asset.” He also cited Cohen’s “vast network of state and local officials from his work at Immigration & Customs Enforcement” in the MPAA’s fight against online content theft. Dodd described Swartsel as a “refined communicator and an accomplished strategist” and he said Bedingfield’s recent “experience as a White House communications advisor is invaluable.”