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Shop Talk: King Artur’s Court

Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.) has tapped several campaign veterans to help him with his gubernatorial bid in 2010.

Jessica Vanden Berg guided Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) to his upset victory in 2006 and will be a strategist for Davis’ campaign before becoming its manager later this year. Vanden Berg’s firm, Maverick Strategies and Mail, will also do direct mail for the campaign.

Additionally, two alumni of President Barack Obama’s campaign have joined the Davis team. P.J. McCann led fundraising for Obama’s Committee for Change, and he also advised freshman Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.) on his successful 2008 bid.

Ami Copeland was the deputy national finance director for the Obama campaign, as well as finance director for Sen. Bill Nelson’s (D-Fla.) 2006 re-election bid.

John Anzalone of Anzalone Liszt Research will continue to do Davis’ polling, and Ben Chao, formerly of Fletcher Rowley Riddle, will do the Congressman’s media.

On the Front Brunner. Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner (D) has put together her team for her Senate bid.

David Dettman will head her campaign, according to a release from the Brunner operation. He most recently directed Progressive Majority’s Ohio office, and he also worked for former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s organization, the National Democratic Institute.

Jennifer Swanson will serve as national finance director. Swanson was national finance director for former Sen. John Edwards’ (D-N.C.) 2008 presidential campaign and worked for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and EMILY’s List.

Nicole Eynard will be Brunner’s in-state finance director. Eynard worked on Sen. Claire McCaskill’s (D-Mo.) successful 2006 race, as well as for former Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes’ (D) unsuccessful bid for Congress in 2008.

Celinda Lake of Lake Research Partners will do polling for Brunner. Lake polls for several Democratic women in the Senate, including Mary Landrieu (La.), Blanche Lincoln (Ark.) and Debbie Stabenow (Mich.).

The Ohio Democrat’s media consultants are Dane Strother and David Heller. Strother has also worked for Landrieu and Lincoln, while Heller has a track record with Ohio Democrats, including Reps. Marcy Kaptur and Dennis Kucinich.

All or Nothing. The David All Group has hired two more staffers to join the conservative new media firm.

Ethan Eilon will be the firm’s manager of political and grass-roots advocacy. Eilon is a former executive director of the College Republican National Committee, plus he led the get-out-the-vote program for the 2004 Republican presidential campaign in Colorado.

Heath Clayton will serve as an executive assistant to David All, president of the firm. A native Texan, Clayton worked in the White House during former President George W. Bush’s administration and for Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas).

Moving Past the American Way. The president and CEO of People for the American Way, Kathryn Kolbert, is leaving the organization to follow a career in “constitutional law, media and entrepreneurship,” according to a release from the left-leaning legal organization.

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