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“Many of the plans to reform heath care will make this crisis worse,” she says in the commercial, which is airing nationally on Fox News, CNBC and CNN.

Road Rage. The U.S. PIRG’s Education Fund has released a new report suggesting that large campaign contributions are skewing how transportation projects are funded.

The report notes that of the federal funding for transportation earmarks in fiscal 2008 only about 10 percent was allocated for much-needed highway and bridge repairs. Instead, the vast majority of the $570 million in transportation earmarks was steered to new highway projects, which are the ones sought by developers and road builders.

“Unfortunately, bridge repair projects are not thought of as very glamorous or newsworthy by local elected officials, business groups and other people that influence congressional earmarks,” Mark Stout, a former New Jersey Department of Transportation official, wrote in the report.

It notes that the construction and transportation industry contributed $80.4 million to federal candidates in the 2008 election cycle, with 53 percent going to Republicans and 47 percent to Democrats.

The report focused only on overall campaign giving and total earmarks, and did not draw links between specific projects and contributions from individual developers. The authors argued that Congress shortchanged bridge repair despite the public outcry over the Interstate 35 bridge collapse in Minneapolis that killed 13 people in August 2007.

K Street Moves. Archibald Galloway, a one-time military legislative aide to Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), has set up shop at Potomac Advocates as a partner. Galloway, who focuses on defense clients, also represents the Boeing Co. and Computer Sciences Corp. through the Foxtail Group. “I have a great passion for military and defense,” said Galloway, who previously was with the firm King & Spalding.

• Tad Segal and Joe Clayton, both formerly with Widmeyer Communications, have launched Outreach Strategies, a firm focused on advocacy communications and media relations. Clients include the U.S. Climate Action Partnership and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

• Adam Geller, CEO of the Republican polling firm National Research Inc., has joined the lobby shop of Clark Lytle & Geduldig as an associate partner. Geller most recently served as the pollster for the New Jersey gubernatorial campaign of Gov.-elect Chris Christie (R). Geller’s corporate clients have included Walmart, Liberty Natural Gas and Boyd Gaming Corp.

Kate Ackley contributed to this report.

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