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America Rising, a GOP super PAC dedicated to opposition research, announced Monday that four new operatives have joined its team: Byron Koay as vice president of congressional research, Raj Shah as vice president of the presidential and national issues research team, Geoff Embleras as vice president of special projects and Ted Kwong as vice president of strategic communications and war room.

Jersey Girl

Former New Jersey Democratic Party spokeswoman Alicia D’Alessandro is launching a new super PAC affiliated with the AFL-CIO, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.

“We’re excited to launch an organization that will be fighting for New Jersey workers and their families,” D’Alessandro said in a phone call.

Rocky Mountain Hilltop

Hilltop Public Solutions has hired Lisa Kaufmann, who was previously a staffer to Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo. Kaufmann will work in the firm’s newly opened Denver branch. Colorado Democratic consultant Craig Hughes leads that office. The company also recently hired Serena Woods.

Brimmeier Goes Global

Khristyn Brimmeier joined Global Strategy Group as vice president of communications.

Brimmeier, who leaves The Glover Park Group, will be based in Washington, D.C. She is a veteran of Capitol Hill, President Bill Clinton’s 1996 re-election campaign and Secretary of State John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign.

Kristal Clear

Kristal Quarker joined the Republican National Committee last week as the new national field director for African-American initiatives.

“Kristal will be an asset to the Committee as we work to engage new voters, build relationships in the African American community, and develop an unprecedented grassroots-focused field operation,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a release.

Quarker has both Capitol Hill and campaign experience, including with the Tennessee Republican Party.

Yes We McCann

Democracy for America has hired Kyran McCann as the new state director for the Purple to Blue Project in Virginia.

Previously, McCann worked to defeat former Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., in 2012. The DFA Purple to Blue program is “a national, multi-year effort to win state House and Senate chambers across the country by making so-called ‘purple’ state legislative seats decisively Democratic,” according to a press release.

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