WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, top Republican and Democratic lobbyists launched United By Interest as a bipartisan government-relations and public-affairs firm to help clients forge areas of agreement between seemingly divergent constituencies with Tea-Party conservatives and the Republican Study Committee on the right and the Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Hispanic Caucus on the left. The firm will advocate commonsense policies that help low- and moderate-income communities.
United By Interest is majority minority-owned and reflects the diversity of perspectives and priorities in America today. The firm aims to build non-traditional coalitions that bridge those partisan and demographic divides. Partners include Sam Geduldig of CGCN Group, David Morgan of D. Morgan & Partners, Jennifer Stewart of Stewart Strategies & Solutions, Jim Terry of TDS, Joe Velasquez of Velasquez & Associates and Mike Williams of the Williams Group. Each partner will maintain ties with his or her existing firm and continue all work for existing clients. Find full biographies here.
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“We see a business model in working with the bases of both parties,” Geduldig said. “Republicans and Democrats in the poorest districts want many of the same things. Our firm is the first to reflect those differences in order to find areas of agreement. Where others see division and gridlock, we see opportunity. It’s 2018. I’m surprised we’re the first ones to do this.”
“We’re all about improving economic opportunities for Americans from all walks of life,” said Williams. “We don’t pretend we’re going to smooth over all of the very real differences between the two parties, but we do think this is the right playbook to find areas of agreement. Poor black districts need many of the same things that rural white ones do. Our new firm will focus on those issues and build the unlikely coalitions that can deliver real results.”
United By Interest formalizes a collaboration that began two years ago to promote policies that help lower-income Americans in both parties. A Brookings Institution study, “Poverty Crosses Party Lines,” found 73 of the 100 poorest congressional districts are represented by a conservative Republican or a member of the Congressional Black Caucus or Congressional Hispanic Caucus. For more information, visit our website at www.ubidc.org.
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