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Shop Talk: ‘Oscars’ of Political Advertising to Be Awarded

The Academy Awards were so two weeks ago. Get ready for the “Oscars of political advertising” — the Pollies!

The best of political consulting and public affairs will be feted at the 20th annual Pollie Awards Dinner on Friday at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C.’s West End.

The awards dinner comes at the tail end of a two-day conference hosted by the American Association of Political Consultants. The conference includes panels led by journalists and top consultants who will discuss topics including the tea party, ideas for local campaigns, the implications of redistricting and the television landscape.

The event kicks off Thursday morning and winds down Friday night at the Pollie Awards after-party.

Livingston Joins Louisiana GOP

Former Rep. Bob Livingston, now a lobbyist in Washington, D.C., was appointed finance chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party on Wednesday. The former Appropriations chairman signed on to help the party raise funds for the state elections this year.

State GOP Chairman Roger Villere said in a statement that he was “delighted to add a proven fundraiser and campaign veteran like Bob to our team.”

Livingston was set to become Speaker following the 1998 resignation of Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) when on Dec. 19, 1998 — the day President Bill Clinton was impeached — he announced his own resignation from Congress after it was revealed Hustler magazine was getting set to publish a story about his marital infidelities.

Livingston served more than 21 years in Congress and became Appropriations chairman in 1995 following the GOP takeover of Congress. After leaving Congress, he opened his own lobbying shop, the Livingston Group.

Mike Murphy, Revolutionary

Longtime Republican operative Mike Murphy has signed on as a partner at Revolution Agency, a Washington, D.C.-based issue advocacy and public affairs firm.

He will focus on public affairs advocacy on behalf of corporate, trade association and nonprofit clients, according to a press release, which noted Murphy “has handled media and strategy for more than 26 successful ... campaigns.”

Among his past clients, Murphy worked for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the 2000 presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Former National Republican Congressional Committee operative Bob Honold became a partner earlier this year.

GOP Consultants Form Firm

Veteran Republican consultants Terry Nelson, Jon Downs and Danny Diaz have joined forces to form FP1 Strategies.

It’s “a public affairs, media relations and advertising firm specializing in project management, strategic planning, message development and advertising for political and issue-based campaigns,” according to a release announcing the new firm.

Nelson was political director for the Bush/Cheney 2004 campaign and previously worked for the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee. Downs is a writer and producer, focusing on advertising and strategy. Diaz was a top consultant for Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) in 2010. He also has worked at the RNC and with his own communications firm.

“We are incredibly pleased to have the opportunity to work together and share what we have learned with some of the leading job creators and political leaders across the country,” Nelson said in the release.

Poersch Parks at New Firm

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