Federal lobbying powerhouse Ballard Partners, which has close ties with the Trump administration, has opened a strategic communications unit.
Raj Shah, who spearheaded the White House's communications push to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, helms the group with Jamie Rubin, ex-State Dept. official during the Clinton administration who joined Ballard in 2018.
Prior to his White House principal deputy press secretary posting, Shah was research director at the Republican National Committee.
Brian Ballard, who led the Trump Victory organization in Florida during the 2016 presidential campaign, launched the stratcomm arm because his lobbying clients asked for "sophisticated media relations and PR affairs counsel."