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Shop Talk: Democratic Campaign Veterans Join Direct-Mail Firm

Harmon said the firm will work for candidates and issue groups, as well as on coalition building, focusing on the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions. He said the firm’s name is symbolic of its character.

“Scorpio traits include passionate intensity, loyalty, hard work and an endless determination to win. Those are the traits I hope the company will embody,” he said. “Scorpio is also the sign for November, when elections occur, as well as being my own astrological sign.”

Harmon led the Republican presidential ticket’s voter contact program in 2008 and before that managed campaigns for then-Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich in 2006 and for Sen. Saxby Chambliss (Ga.) in 2002. During the 2004 election cycle, he worked at the National Republican Congressional Committee.

An Alabama native, Harmon graduated from Vanderbilt University.

Key Hires

Aubrey Montgomery will become the new finance director for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party on March 22.

She is among a host of staffers that party officials plan to add in the coming months as they aim to bolster staffing and fundraising under the relatively new leadership of Chairman Jim Burn.

The party plans to move from a current paid staff of eight to roughly 20, according to Burn. And it plans to expand annual fundraising from about $500,000 up to $2 million to $3 million.

Montgomery previously served as finance director for unsuccessful Pennsylvania 4th district Congressional candidate Bryan Lentz.

State party interim Executive Director Kevin Washo was promoted to permanent executive director Feb 23. He served as the Pennsylvania state political director for the Obama campaign in 2008 and spent much of the past six years working for Sen. Bob Casey (D).

Steve Peoples contributed to this report.

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