A consortium of local governments, private associations, and regional businesses have joined together to hire a Washington, D.C., lobbying firm, Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti, to represent the political and economic interests of Southern Colorado.
The Coalition for Strategic Federal Action includes the greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Corporation, the Associated General Contractors of Colorado, Colorado Springs Utilities, El Paso County, Ent Federal Credit Union, the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors, and Northgate Development.
Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti is a Washington lobbying firm, with a bipartisan cast.
Partner Dave Castagnetti, who was introduced at a Chamber luncheon Monday, is a Democratic political strategist. His two partners are both former GOP operatives.
Before joining his current firm, Castagnetti was a partner at Bergner, Bockorny, Castagnetti & Hawkins, a government relations firm representing Fortune 500 companies, trade associations and small start-ups. While at the firm, he advised Hewlett-Packard in its merger with Compaq and played a significant advisory role in the NewsCorp.-Direct TV merger.
The firm will represent regional business and government interests in the nation’s capitol, where it’s often difficult to get the attention of policymakers.
“Policy makers and staff meet with hundreds of supplicants every day,” Castagnetti noted on the firm’s website,” each pleading their cases and urging action. Success demands appropriate strategy, timely access, effective communication and getting noticed. MVC works to position its clients, as well as their issues, in the light most favorable for near-term success and long-term impact.”