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Political Spending to Top $6 Billion in 2020

Tue, Jul. 23, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

capital building2019-2020 election cycle will generate about $6 billion in paid political ad placements, according to estimates released by Kantar Media. (2 reader comments)

NRA Vet Targets PA, Crisis Management

Fri, Jul. 12, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Chris CoxChris Cox, who was executive director of the National Rifle Association for 17 years before exiting in June after an alleged coup attempt, has launched his own consulting firm, Capitol 6 Advisors. 

Tunheim Taps Connected Hume for PA Slot

Mon, Jun. 24, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Bob HumeBob Hume, who was senior advisor to Minnesota governor Mark Dayton and now Senator Tina Smith, joins Tunheim as PA director.

Diplomacy Pro Barbour Returns to H+K

Tue, Jun. 11, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

James BarbourJames Barbour, who led the European Union's PA and communications effort in Washington, has signed on as US PA chief at Hill+Knowlton Strategies.

Qorvis’ Masters Moves to BIO

Mon, Jun. 3, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Rich MastersRich Masters, executive VP at Qorvis Communications, is taking the top public affairs post at BIO, trade group of biotechnology companies and academic institutions, on June 17.

Ex-Sen. Heitkamp Aide Hits Breakwater

Wed, May 29, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Abbie McDonough, who was communications director for North  Dakota’s Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp, has joined WPP’s Breakwater Strategy as VP.

NRA Serves Up PA Duties to Kennedy

Thu, May 16, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Sean KennedyThe National Restaurant Assn. has hired Sean Kennedy, who was in charge of global government affairs for the Airlines for America trade group, as executive VP of PA.

Tusk Works to Torpedo De Blasio On HS Admissions

Tue, Apr. 23, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Bill DeBlasioTusk Strategies, political consulting/strategic communications shop, is coordinating the effort to torpedo New York mayor Bill de Blasio's push to kill the admissions test for the city's eight specialized high schools.

Super Bowl PR Vet Mokros Joins Weber Shandwick

Thu, Mar. 28, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Andrea MokrosAndrea Mokros, VP-communications & events for the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee from 2015 to 2018 and top aide to First Lady Michelle Obama, is now at Weber Shandwick as senior VP-corporate & PA in its Minneapolis office.

Cogent Catches SIFMA’s Oxner

Wed, Feb. 27, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Dave OxnerDave Oxner, who heads government relations at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Assn., is joining Washington PA firm Cogent Strategies.

Voters Want Trump to Nix Wall Talk During SOTU

Mon, Feb. 4, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

TrumpA solid majority of voters want president Trump to discuss plans to improve healthcare and to bolster jobs/economy during his State of the Union. Only a third of them want to hear about the Trump Wall. (5 reader comments)

Ex-Rep. Comstock Joins Baker Donelson

Fri, Feb. 1, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Barbara ComstockFormer Virginia Congresswoman Barbara Comstock, who lost her seat in 2018 to underdog Democrat Jennifer Wexton, has joined Baker Donelson as senior advisor in its government relations and public policy group. (1 reader comment)

BAE's Dodsworth Adds PA Firepower to H+K

Thu, Jan. 31, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Scott DodwworthScott Dodsworth, who was head of strategic planning at British defense giant BAE Systems, has joined Hill+Knowlton Strategies as PA chief in the UK.

SKDKnick's Burton Exits For Team Schultz

Wed, Jan. 30, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Bill BurtonBill Burton, who helped engineer the rise of Barack Obama from obscure Senator to the White House, has exited Democratic powerhouse firm SKDKnickerbocker, to join ex-Starbucks chief Howard Schultz's quixotic bid for the White House as an independent. (4 reader comments)

Treasury's Ballman Maps Path to Chartwell

Thu, Jan. 10, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Luke BallmanLuke Ballman, who served as deputy assistant secretary for legislative affairs at the Treasury Dept. during the Obama and Trump administrations, has joined Chartwell Strategy Group as senior VP.

Rep. Cooper Aide Walks to Calvert Street

Thu, Dec. 13, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Haley DavidsonHaley Davidson, who worked for Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper for a dozen years, is now at Calvert Street Group in Nashville.

GOP Operative Hauck Goes to Qorvis

Mon, Nov. 19, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Kara HauckKara Hauck, most recently communications director for the House Republican Conference and its chair, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, has joined Qorvis as VP-PA.

Ex-LA Mayor Villaraigosa Lands at Mercury

Wed, Nov. 14, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Antonio VillraigosaAntonio Villaraigosa, former mayor of Los Angeles who ran an unsuccessful bid for California governor, has landed at Mercury as co-chairman.

Media, Leaders to Blame for Divisive Political Climate

Mon, Nov. 5, 2018

By Jon Gingerich

Capitol HillVoters blame the media and politicians for America’s divisive political climate, but while nearly all want our leaders to come together and address issues, a majority also admitted there are some issues for which politicians should never compromise. (2 reader comments)

Engaging Hard-to-Reach Populations

Mon, Nov. 5, 2018

By Patrick George and Erynne Jones

Patrick George and Erynne JonesThe ability to deliver urgent information to vulnerable, remote, disenfranchised or socially excluded audiences through public awareness and education campaigns matters now more than ever.

ACC's Fischer Inks with IBEX

Fri, Nov. 2, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

David FischerDavid Fischer, who was senior director at the American Chemistry Council during a ten-year stint, has joined IBEX Partners, the DC-based public affairs shop launched by B-M alums.