Public Policy Group Holdings chalked up 27 percent growth to $65.7M during the first half as CEO Stewart Hall used an aggressive M&A strategy to supplement organic growth, which rose 4 percent during the period.

It acquired MultiState Assocs. in March, which now gives the government relations/PA holding company seven operating entities, including Crossroads Strategies, O’Neill & Assocs., Seven Letter and Alpine Group Partners.

Hall sees acquisitions as a way “to effectively diversity the client offering into new areas while increasing our geographic reach.”

He views PPHC as “a natural sector consolidator” with a pipeline of acquisition opportunities in the US, UK and Continental Europe.

PPHC firms added General Electric, The Aluminum Assn., Hertz, Morton’s Salt, Life Science Logistics and Veterinary Medical Assn. to their client lists during the first-half.