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In all, more than 200 awards were distributed to consultants and firms for political and public affairs campaigns.

Tennessee Democrats Hire Staffer

Brandon Puttbrese was hired as communications director for the Tennessee Democratic Party. Puttbrese served in the same capacity on state Sen. Roy Herron’s campaign for Congress last cycle. 

“We’re glad to welcome Brandon Puttbrese aboard,” Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester said. “Brandon has a well-rounded understanding of the issues facing the state and will be an important asset as we work to support Democratic leaders who are focused on creating jobs and defending the rights of hard-working Tennesseans.”

Ex-DCCC Aide Finds New Home

Ryan Rudominer, who was national press secretary at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee during the 2010 campaign cycle, has joined Democratic consulting firm New Partners.

Rudominer served as Midwest regional press secretary at the DCCC in the 2008 cycle. He was communications director to then-Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) in 2007 and press secretary for Rep. Steve Israel from 2004 to 2006. He also worked for the New York Democrat as communications director and with NARAL Pro-Choice America and for the National Jewish Democratic Council. Rudominer is known for helping promote and organize the “Hacks and Flacks” gatherings for reporters and press staffers around Washington, D.C.

“Ryan’s background and experience in the political communications realm will allow us to enhance and expand the services we provide to our growing roster of clients,” partner Cara Morris Stern said in a statement. 

Steve Peoples and Christina Bellantoni contributed to this report.

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