Govt.-business coalition hires Washington lobbyist

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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.”

2 Responses to Govt.-business coalition hires Washington lobbyist

  1. And at what price will it cost to have Mr. Castagnetti to represent Southern Colorado? Personally I am offended to have a liberal, and he must be to llie down with the likes of Kerry, Baucus and Mineta, represent me in any way here in Colorado. Just what do you think this man will bring to the business communnity? We don’t need any stimulus from this administration. All we need from Washington to to be left alone to make a living, raise our families and work for the fading American Drean. It looks to me like Southern Colorado has been sold down the river. What were they thinking??????????

    Spencer O. Swann
    December 14, 2010 at 3:06 pm

  2. Stay calm, everyone. This firm is definitely bipartisan, with partners from both sides of the aisle.

    Allen Greenberg
    December 14, 2010 at 6:05 pm