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Also joining the Obama staff is Michael Czin, who takes over as Northeast regional press secretary after serving in the same role at the Democratic National Committee for the past three years, Politico reported.

FP1 Culling GOP Operatives

GOP firm FP1 Strategies has hired Richard Cullen as vice president.

Cullen, a Furman graduate and former Politico reporter, most recently served as press secretary to freshman Rep. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.). He previously was special assistant and communications coordinator to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and did political work last cycle for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, where he worked closely with FP1 founder Terry Nelson and former NRSC Political Director Chris LaCivita.

“Richard’s background on the Hill, in journalism and in politics will be meaningful to our clients,” FP1 founder Danny Diaz said in a statement. “He is a great addition to the firm and we look forward to achieving greater success going forward.”

Cullen’s hire follows at least two others in the last three months. Alex Johnson was added as senior vice president in October, and Corey Vale became vice president of digital strategy a month later.

Nilsson Joins CMDI

Erik Nilsson has joined GOP finance software company CMDI as vice president.

Nilsson is the founder of Fundly, which, according to a CMDI release, “is now the largest online social fundraising platform, servicing both political organizations and non-profits.” The firm was involved in half of the 2010 Senate races. Nilsson previously created political software products for campaigns and political organizations.

“We are at a critical moment in the 2012 election season and are facing many market opportunities,” CMDI founder and President John Simms said. “Erik is a political technology visionary whose products have raised hundreds of millions of dollars for Republicans. We are excited to have him join our team and bring his know-how to our clients and products.”

Founded in 1981, CMDI’s campaign finance services platform provides database solutions to help clients maximize campaign revenues and minimize Federal Election Commission compliance risks.

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