Thc-green Pastures For Ex-sanders Staffers

The latter lobbyist is Rachel Laing, the ex-Sanders media handler who left the then-mayor’s employ at city hall to sign up as director of communications with Public Policy Strategies, a lobbying shop run by Tom Shepard. He is the political guru who guided Sanders and a host of other Republicans, including Susan Golding, into city office. Laing’s colleagues at Public Policy were Phil Rath, another ex-Sanders aide, and Kimberly Hale Miller, once married to top Sanders media chief Darren Pudgil. Shepard helped mastermind the failed effort backed by Democratic Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs to elect Nathan Fletcher as Sanders’s successor.

Shepard went on to become Bob Filner’s personal political guru and briefly gloried as one of the new mayor’s biggest grossing fundraisers, throwing a well-attended party at his downtown office in January 2013 that attracted fellow high-dollar lobbyists Marcela Escobar-Eck and Paul Robinson. But Shepard’s ride on the Democratic gravy train came to an abrupt end with Filner’s resignation last year due to a sexual harassment scandal, and Public Policy staffers quickly deserted ship to set up their own influence-peddling shops. Rath and Miller founded Rath Miller, LLC.

We approach public affairs initiatives with campaign tactics, using direct advocacy, situational intelligence and targeted public outreach to influence decision-makers, the companys website announced. Among initial clients were paramedic contract seeker American Medical Response Ambulance Services, real estate behemoth Vulcan Materials, and the American Progressive Bag Alliance of Washington, D.C. Now, a new client has signed on.

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