The idea is that Aronnax and the local lobbyists will pitch clients together and then work at both the federal and state levels.
So far it is linking with state-focused lobbyists in Georgia, Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and Puerto Rico.
Drew Setter, principal at the Setter Group in Albuquerque, said in a statement that his shop and Aronnax have recently secured one new client together and expect two other signed contracts shortly. "We recently worked with APS to meet with several New Mexico Pueblos to discuss the joint government affairs strategy," he said.
Aronnax's Fred Starzyk added, "As federal representatives, the APS team has long recognized the importance of state-based advocacy as part of a client's overall government affairs strategy."
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.