Two new consulting firms were launched in May by heavyweight political talents—one on the left, and one on the right.
Democracy Partners, a Democratic consulting firm, opened its doors with offices in eight major U.S. cities, including Washington, Chicago, and San Francisco. The new firm aims to be a one-stop shop for its clients, focusing on messaging and advertising, mail, research, new media, and grassroots and grass-tops organizing. The only service the firm will not provide is polling, though it has a relationship with nearly every prominent Democratic pollster.
The firm’s nineteen partners include Robert Creamer, a longtime political strategist and author; Heather Booth, former training director for the DNC; and Renee Schaeffer, an accomplished fundraiser for PACs and other organizations.
“A number of us have worked together for some time independently,” says Creamer. “We decided we would have more synergism, both from a service delivery and a marketing point of view, if we joined forces.”
The firm’s other partners are: Marc Cerabona, Brett C. Di Resta, Carla Engle, Jeffrey Garcia, Ken Grossinger, John Hennelly, Jackie Kendall, Mike Lux, Dan Manatt, Donald McFarland, Josie Mooney, Braidy O’Neal, Andres Ramirez, Linda E. Saucedo, Joel Silberman, and Cheri Whiteman.
On the Republican side, two GOP consultants from the blue state of New York have joined forces to form In The Field Consulting.
At the firm, Rob Cole, a longtime aide to former Gov. George Pataki and deputy campaign manager for Mitt Romney’s 2008 presidential bid, will be working alongside Jake Menges, a top aide and advisor to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. (Cole first conducted business under the firm’s name in 2007, but has only made it a fulltime venture with the recent addition of Menges.) “We work in campaigns where enrollment is against us,” says Cole. “We specialize in getting Northeast Republicans elected in races where getting elected is difficult.”
The two worked together closely as general consultants on George Demos’s unsuccessful Republican congressional primary campaign in New York’s 1st district last year. In the 2010 cycle, Cole also worked on David Malpass’s unsuccessful primary campaign for U.S. Senate, while Menges consulted for Michael Grimm’s successful congressional campaign in New York’s 13th district.