Bailey in an interview said his new business would focus on a lot more than lobbying. “Washington is still hugely important; lobbyists are hugely important,” he added. “But there’s a bigger dynamic going on. It involves corporate leadership and capital markets, how you’re perceived by consumers and investors,” said Bailey, a former chief of staff for Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.).
Government affairs, corporate leadership and capital markets are all part of the advocacy world now, Bailey said. “Advocacy, public policy, is global, and you’ve got to think of it like that.”
Advocom’s domestic hires include Christa Carey Dunn, Randi Kahn, Jeff Kimball, Ken Levinson, Holly Page and Carolyn Tieger with international hires John Russell and Robert Magyar.
The group will announce its clients in the next few weeks, Bailey said, declining to name them now.
And DelPizzo Makes Nine
Alex DelPizzo, most recently a partner with Winning Strategies, is moving his lobbying practice to Thorn Run Partners. He is the 2-year-old shop’s ninth lobbyist.
Before decamping for K Street, DelPizzo was legislative director for then-Rep. Mike Ferguson (R-N.J.), focusing on health care, energy, telecom and transportation. He also worked for former Transportation Chairman Bud Shuster (R-Pa.).
DelPizzo and Thorn Run already shared clients including Millennium Pharmaceuticals and Lundbeck. “I’ve seen this firm as it has grown, and I have always been impressed with their level of service,” DelPizzo said of his decision to join the shop. “For me, personally, this gives me a great bipartisan platform.”
He is bringing with him several clients including Advanced Drainage Systems.
“The most enjoyable part about running a firm is being able to surround yourself with people you want to go to work with everyday,” firm co-founder Andy Rosenberg said. “He’s super smart and super diligent.”
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with his cut-out head during the Hoops for Youth 16th annual charity basketball game held at George Washington University's Smith Center, September 8, 2014. The members of Congress team beat the lobbyist team 46-40. Buy photo here.