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Shop Talk: Lanny Davis, Michael Steele Join Forces

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Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele recently joined a bipartisan communications firm.

Earlier this cycle, he served as spokesman for the special election campaign of Democrat Kate Marshall in Nevada’s 2nd district.

A New Venture

Matt Beynon has launched his own firm, Madison Strategic Ventures.

The Arlington, Va.-based group is a full-service public affairs firm providing media relations, crisis management and political advisory services to campaigns and businesses.

Beynon was deputy communications director for former Sen. Rick Santorum’s (R-Pa.) presidential campaign from June 2011 until Santorum left the race in April. He was previously an adviser to Santorum’s America’s Foundation PAC and a staffer in Santorum’s Senate office. He also served as a management consultant in Urish Popeck’s D.C. office.

Getting Out the GOP Youth Vote

The College Republican National Committee hired four full-time regional political directors to oversee the organization’s field program to help GOP candidates get elected in battleground states this fall.

According to a news release, the CRNC is preparing “to launch the largest field program in the organization’s 120-year history, with 60 paid field representatives working in targeted states across the country.”

The regional political directors are Travis Holler, who held the same position on Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s (R) presidential campaign; Amanda Miller, who worked for the Kentucky GOP last year and managed a Texas state House campaign; Elliott Echols, a former staffer to Rep. Tom Graves’ (R-Ga.) campaign; and Kial Vidic, who also managed a Texas state House campaign and worked for three different state parties. The hires will work under national field director Brad Alexander.

“Our program will recruit 50,000 new College Republicans and make 6 million voter contacts in swing states leading up to November 2012,” Alexander said.

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