Al From Joins Parven Pomper

Posted May 14, 2009 at 3:05pm

Al From, who played a key role in reshaping the Democratic Party two decades ago, is joining Parven Pomper Strategies, the lobbying firm will announce Friday.

Parven Pomper works extensively with the powerful bloc of moderate Democrats, including the 51 members of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition and 68 New Democrats in the House.

From, the founder of the Democratic Leadership Council, will be a senior adviser at the firm but will not lobby on behalf of its clients, which include Panama, South Korea, VISA, Pfizer, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, Monsanto, Sunoco, Chevron, FedEx and Time Warner Cable.

Started in 1985 by From and other frustrated Democratic moderates, the DLC helped transition the party’s politics back to the center, a shift first realized in the 1992 presidential victory of Bill Clinton, who was groomed by From’s organization.

From retired from the DLC earlier this spring.

The DLC, which is now run by former Clinton White House adviser Bruce Reed, also spun off two groups that continue to play a primary role in the party: Third Way and NDN, an organization once known as the New Democratic Network.

Former Rep. Harold Ford (D-Tenn.), Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) all remain active with the DLC, according to its Web site.