Rising Stars.Each year Compaigns & Elections' selects its Rising Stars, up-and-comers of the political world.
Some have made their mark by turning losing campaigns into winners, or demonstrating excellence working on direct mail, polling, get-out-the-vote operations, fund raising or political advocacy.
We selected 10 Democrats, 10 Republicans and four others all younger than 35.
You can expect to hear about these Rising Stars in future campaigns. We're betting that they will form the and will form the next generation of standouts in the political consulting Political consulting is the business which has grown up around advising and assisting political campaigns, primarily in the United States. As democracy has spread around the world, American political consultants have often developed an international base of clients. industry.
MICHAEL BASSIK (D), 27, is the vice president of Internet marketing See Internet advertising. for MSHC MSHC Malchow Schlackman Hoppey & Cooper (Washington, DC)
MSHC Mines Safety and Health Commission (United Kingdom) Partners, Inc, avoter contact firm that offers mail, targeting and Internet marketing services.
Before joining MSHC Partners, he was the director of political advertising at America Online See AOL. . In his work at AOL (A division of Time Warner, Inc., New York, NY, www.aol.com) The world's largest online information service with access to the Internet, e-mail, chat rooms and a variety of databases and services. and MSHC Partners, Bassik worked on concept of Internet advertising Delivering ads to Internet users via Web sites, e-mail, ad-supported software and Internet-enabled cellphones. Also called an "ad network," Internet advertising organizations act as a middleman between the advertiser and the Web sites and software publishers that display the ads. as a key part of political campaigns. He helped launch the first large-scale and successful use of banner advertising Banner Advertising
A common form of advertising on the internet. The banner is an advertisement of 460x68 pixels, usually placed at the top of the page
For an example, just look at the top of a page on almost any popular web site. to recruit new donors to John Kerry's campaign. During the 2004 election cycle, he implemented Internet advertising campaigns for 50 candidates and organizations, launching animations ad political quizzes as campaign techniques. He also co-founded the Online Coalition to educate bloggers and online activists about their rights under the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA, McCain–Feingold Act, Pub.L. 107-155, 116 Stat. 81, enacted 2002-03-27) is United States federal law that amended the Federal Election Campaign Act, which regulates the financing of political campaigns. of 2002.
Bassik graduated from the University of Pennsylvania (body, education) University of Pennsylvania - The home of ENIAC and Machiavelli.
Address: Philadelphia, PA, USA. with honors in political science and a minor in Spanish. His thesis "The Effectiveness of Political Advertising on the Internet" is a trusted resource for political marketers. Bassik is currently pursuing his J.D. at the American University American University, at Washington, D.C.; United Methodist; founded by Bishop J. F. Hurst, chartered 1893, opened in 1914. It was at first a graduate school; an undergraduate college was opened in 1925. Programs provide for student research at many government institutions. Washington College of Law The American University Washington College of Law (WCL) is a private ABA-certified American law school. It is located on Massachusetts Avenue in the Spring Valley area of Northwest Washington, DC. .
MORTON BRILLIANT (D), 34, is the campaign manager for Cathy Cox for Governor of Georgia. As communications director for Christine Gregoire for Washington Governor in 2004, the brilliant Brilliant created and executed a message strategy that lasted through the campaign's two recounts and reversed the election's initial outcome, leading to victory 10 weeks after the election. In 1998, Brilliant used Internet communications to overcome a 40-point disadvantage and elect Jim Hodges as governor of South Carolina The Governor of the State of South Carolina is the head of state for the State of South Carolina. Under the South Carolina Constitution, the Governor is also the head of government, serving as the chief executive of the South Carolina executive branch. . He was also the political director for the South Carolina Democratic Party The South Carolina Democratic Party is the South Carolina affiliate of the national Democratic Party. The chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party is Carol Khare Fowler. .
Brilliant got a B.A. in classical studies with high honors from Brandeis University and a J.D. with honors from the George Washington University George Washington University, at Washington, D.C.; coeducational; chartered 1821 as Columbian College (one of the first nonsectarian colleges), opened 1822, became a university in 1873, renamed 1904. School of Law.
JEFFREY COLEMAN (R), 30, is owner of Churchill Strategies LLC (Logical Link Control) See "LANs" under data link protocol.
LLC - Logical Link Control , a political consulting firm based in centeral Pennsylvania. With his firm he has consulted on numerous campaigns relying on traditional grass rootstechniques such as door to door campaigns, town hall forums and a de-emphasis on polling. He has worked for Bill Scranton for Governor and various state House and Senate campaigns.
At 25, Coleman became the youngest member to serve in the Pennsylvania state House of Representatives. In his campaign for the seat, he unseated an 11-year incumbent. Coleman served in the House until 2004 until he left to start his consulting firm.
He has a B.S. from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.
ERIN DELULLO (R), 25, struck out on her own after she learned about fund raising as the director of development for the Patrick Henry Center, a nonprofit educational foundation in Fairfax, Va. There, she oversaw the center's fund raising and helped pay for the center's first book, "Thunder on the Left Thunder on the Left is a novel by Christopher Morley, originally published in 1925. In it, Morley looks at maturity, individual growth, and human nature. It was adapted as a play by Jean Ferguson Black in 1934. : An Insider's Report on the Hijacking hijacking
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Her main projects these days are plotting strategy for the Ken Blackwell for Governor campaign in Ohio and Katherine Harris's run for the U.S. Senate. She'll raise money from conservative individuals and organizations for these two, as well as other clients on the right.
And she's doing this all on her own only a few years after graduating from Shepherd College in West Virginia.
KYLE DEBEER (R), 25, is the executive director of the Wyoming Democratic Party The Wyoming Democratic Party is the local branch of the Democratic Party in the state of Wyoming. The Party is led by State Party Chair John A. Millin, MD, who was elected as the chairman in April 2007. . Since taking over as executive director in 2003, DeBeer has drastically improved the party organization in Wyoming. He worked to reorient Re`o´ri`ent
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DeBeer has a B.A. in classics, history and politics from Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado The City of Colorado Springs is the second most populous city (after Denver) in the state of Colorado and the 48th most populous city in the United States. The city is the county seat of El Paso County. .
ZACH ZACH Zachary DIETCH (R) is the national field coordinator for the National Republican Senatorial Committee The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) is the Republican Hill committee for the United States Senate, working to elect Republicans to that body. The NRSC was founded in 1916 as the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee. . He got his start in politics as a volunteer on the Bush-Cheney'04 campaign as a volunteer. He worked his way up to an intern and became a key member of the campaign team, working on the Election Day operations team. Dietch quickly moved to the Republican National Committee, working as a regional deputy political director until the National Republican Senatorial committee hired him as their national field coordinator. Dietch is also a volunteer firefighter.
Dietch earned his B.A. in political science at the University of Pennsylvania.
BRIAN DONAHUE (R), 30, is the senior vice president of Jamestown Associates, a media and direct mail consulting firm, based in Washington, D.C.
He has management experience on five competitive federal campaigns, including two presidential campaigns. As one of President Bush's youngest state directors in 2004, Donahue was in West Virginia, which gave Bush 13 points over Kerry and doubled his 2000 percentage in a state where Democratic registered voters outnumbered Republicans three to one.
Donahue also managed U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce's 2002 campaign in New Mexico. All but one of the campaigns that he has managed were targeted open seats or challenger races, in places where Republicans were significantly outnumbered. In 2003, he opened the Washington, D.C. office for Jamestown Associates.
Donahue, 30, earned his B.A. in political science from George Washington University and a campaign management certificate from the Campaign Management Institute at American University.
VINCE VINCE Vendor Independent Network Control Entity GALKO (R), 33, we are told "is one of the few people in this business who has earned the trust and admiration from both of Pennsylvania's U.S. senators [Arlen] Spector and [Rick] Santorum."
That alone merits a Gold Star along with a Rising Star. It also got him a job-as manager of Santorum's re-election campaign. Galko's ties to the senator go back to 1994, when he campaigned for him door-to-door at Saint Joseph's University. Two years later, Galko had moved up in a manner of speaking to making cold calls from the Republican National Committee's basement. By 2001, he was running the game back in Pennsylvania for seven GOP appellate judges; each of them won. "Word has it that a couple of '08 White house hopefuls have already contacted Galko about taking on a regional position," a peer wrote. "... If Santorum does get re-elected, Galko will share most of the credit." We would expect nothing less of a star.
AMANDA HYDRO (R), 24, is the executive director of the College Republican National Committee. She managed the Precinct Data Department at the Republican National Committee from 2000 to 2003. While there she also worked on President Bush's first campaign and redistricting redistricting: see legislative apportionment. . She was a key part of the team that led the youth effort to elect U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., giving the Republican Party the majority in the 2002 mid-term election and winning her the Best Field Representative Award from the College Republican National Committee.
Hydro doesn't just win awards; she has one named after her. Each year, the Amanda Hydro Award is given to a child in grades seven through twelve in Somerset County, N.J., for outstanding leadership and community service.
Hydro received a B.A. in politics from the Catholic University of America Catholic University of America, at Washington, D.C.; the national university of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States; coeducational; founded 1887 and opened 1889. , in Washington, D.C.
PATRICK KILLEN (R), 26, is the director of communications Director of Communications is a position in the private and public sectors. The Director of Communications is responsible for managing and directing an organization's internal and external communications. for the Committee to Regulate and Control Marijuana in Nevada, a fitting job for his Libertarian Republican philosophies of less government interference and greater personal responsibility. And he does this while pursuing his college degree at the University of New Mexico The University of New Mexico (UNM) is a public university in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was founded in 1889. It also offers multiple bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and professional degree programs in all areas of the arts, sciences, and engineering. in Albuquerque.
This Rising Star began reading C & E when he was 17 years old. Two years later, he got his first job as a campaign consultant on a local campaign in his home state of New Mexico. He's been a fixture there among Republicans ever since, whether he's working county or state levels.
In 2004, Killen told his friends and associates that he was gay, a courageous move considering the intense debates over gay marriage and gay rights. As a result, conservative members of his party elected him to represent them at the national convention that year.
JUSTIN LAPATINE (D), 33, is the vice president of Global Strategy Group, a market research and polling firm in New York New York, state, United States
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Lapatine received his B.A. from Duke University and his M.A. from Columbia University.
LANCE D. MAGNUM (D), 24, is one of our Rising Stars who left straight politics to go over to the corporate side. He's the manager of policy and political affairs for Capital One Financial Corp., a Fortune 200 company. In between monitoring the financial giant's political interests, he's getting his masters in political management at George Washington University.
Prior to going corporate, Mangum was a pollster for the Feldman Group and worked on Democrat Erskine Bowles' failed 2004 senatorial sen·a·to·ri·al
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He's consulted, advised or worked on more than 25 political, corporate and issue campaigns in 10 states.
MATTHEW MCMILLAN (D), 25, is the president of BuzzMaker, a new media and online consulting firm in Washington, D.C. BuzzMaker works with advocacy groups, nonprofits, trade associations and corporations.
McMillan, who founded BuzzMaker in 2004, has also worked for the Campaign for America's Future Campaign for America's Future (CAF) is an American political organization founded by a group of progressive leaders. Its main issues of concern include the environment, energy independence, health care reform, Social Security, education, and congressional accountability. , where, as online content producer, he interviewed top political pundits including Byron York, Robert Greenwald and George Lakoff for podcasts. He has recruited and worked with clients ranging from national organizations and U.S. Senators down to city councilors. He also worked for Jim Crounse, creating direct mail for top Democratic campaigns. Some of his clients for the 2006 cycle include U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M, and Patricia Madrid for U.S. Congress, D-N.M. At the age of 25, he already has two Pollie wins under his belt.
McMillan received his B.A. in political science and history from Columbia University. While at Columbia, McMillan earned the distinction of being named among the top ten debaters in the country.
SUSAN DELIDDO MICHELS (D), 34, is vice president of GMMB, a political advertising and consulting firm with offices in Washington, Los Angeles and Seattle. The Pollie-Award winning consultant centers on developing TV, radio and Internet advertising. She's done for Mark Warner for Governor, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (commonly referred to as the "D triple C," or the "D-Trip") is the Democratic Hill committee for the United States House of Representatives, working to elect Democrats to that body. and the Forward Together PAC. Agraduate of the American University, Michels gets props from her peers for her use of storytelling in campaigns so voters get a fuller, more personal picture of the candidate she's working for. "She has a special ability to use cultural touchstones that voter instantly recognize and connect with," one wrote, "whether it's a banjo banjo, stringed musical instrument, with a body resembling a tambourine. The banjo consists of a hoop over which a skin membrane is stretched; it has a long, often fretted neck and four to nine strings, which are plucked with a pick or the fingers. tune for Governor Warner's spots or a touching moment between Congressman [Ben] Chandler and his son." Before joining GMMB, she oversaw communications for U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D--Ohio, and Lt. Gov. Lawton Chiles of Florida.
JULIAN MULVEY (D), 34, is the principal of the Julian Mulvey Group, a Democratic media consulting firm.
His accomplishments include winning 11 Pollie awards and serving as media consultant for St. Louis County St. Louis County is the name of multiple counties in the United States:
Mulvey served as a media consultant to Paul Hackett, the Democratic Iraq veteran that nearly won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in the most Republican district in Ohio.
Mulvey has worked at Shrum, Devine, Donilon, C-SPAN and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Mulvey got a B.A. in political science from Boston University.
AIMEE NICHOLS (R), 27, is an account executive at Valis & Keelen LLC, a government relations firm in Washington, D.C. that specializes in PAC fund-raising, advocacy and branding representation. In the 2002 and 2004 election cycles, Nichols helped raise more than $30 million in PAC money for congressional candidates and incumbents, with records of 38 to 5 in 2002 and 40 to 5 in 2004. She has also worked at the Investment Company Institute.
In 2002, she worked on the congressional campaigns of Chris Chocola, R-Ind., Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., Tom Feeney, R-Fla., Jim Gerlach, R-Pa., and Katherine Harris, R-Fla. In 2004, she worked on the campaigns of U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S R-S Reed-Solomon
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ASHLEY O'CONNOR (R), 33, is founder of Red October Productions. It's hard at times to imagine trading a posh, established client like Elizabeth Arden for a bunch of fighting politicians, but that's what Ashley O'Connor did. The media consultant cut her teeth on Madison Avenue, and then left it to work for clients such as Bill William Weld, Bob Ehrlich and the Republican National Committee.
O'Connor started Red October Productions when she was 26 years old and found much work for the Republicans. She got her big break in 2004, when she directed all the production for Bush-Cheney 2004's ads and videos. This year, she's signed on to several GOP gubernatorial campaigns including those for Ehrlich (Md.), Kerry Healey (Mass.) and Bob Riley (Ala.)
KEVIN O'NEILL (N), 27, joined Grassroots Enterprises as a senior client manager. Within months, he shimmied up the ladder to become director of online campaigns.
"He has established a particular expertise in the creative use of blog advertising and blog outreach to spur awareness and viral buzz for a range of clients, including most notably, the American Civil Liberties Union American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), nonpartisan organization devoted to the preservation and extension of the basic rights set forth in the U.S. Constitution. " says his boss, John Hlinko. "He has been at the center of the phenomenal rise of Grassroots Enterprise over the last few years, capped in 2005 by what was the firm's biggest year ever--six Pollie Awards, including four first-place Internet Pollies, more than any other firm." O'Neill knows all about the Pollies; he was the executive director of the awards' creators, the American Association of Political Consultants The American Association of Political Consultants is the trade group of the political consulting profession in the United States. Its membership has skyrocketed as the profession of political consulting has grown to include races at the local level across the country. , before joining Hlinko and Co.
MAX PULSINELLI (N), 32, is the founder of Maximum Impact Public Relations public relations, activities and policies used to create public interest in a person, idea, product, institution, or business establishment. By its nature, public relations is devoted to serving particular interests by presenting them to the public in the most , a public relations and publicity firm which focuses on political books and authors as well as political advocacy organizations.
It is not uncommon for Pulsinelli's publicity campaigns to land books on the New York Times or USA Today's bestseller lists, including Bernard Goldberg's 100 People who are Screwing Up America (And Al Franken is #37).
Prior to establishing his own firm, Pulsinelli worked at Shirley & Banister Public Affairs, Griffin Communications and Jack Horner Communications.
Pulsinelli earned his B.A. in communications from the University of Pittsburgh.
FRANK SALAZAR (D) Frank Salazar, 31, campaign manager for Bob Filner for Congress. Salazar jumped into politics feet first when he was elected to the city council in his hometown of Calexico, Calif. From there, he went on to become a presidential appointee APPOINTEE. A person who is appointed or selected for a particular purpose; as the appointee under a power, is the person who is to receive the benefit of the trust or power. to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the Clinton administration. He worked on Vice President Gore's presidential campaign in 2000 as a Hispanic media coordinator and then joined James Carville's firm as an associate. While there, he worked on presidential campaigns in three South American countries.
Currently, Salazar is working on U.S. Re. Bob Filner's re-election to California's 51st District seat.
HEATHER SMITH (N), 30, is the director of Young Voter Strategies Young Voter Strategies is a research organization in the Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University. It analyzes youth voting in the United States and provides prescriptive information to increase turnout from that demographic. , a project of the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University that provides candidates, parties, consultants and nonprofits with data on young voters and tools that they can use to mobilize the demographic.
Smith was the national field director for the New Voters Project, the largest nonpartisan grassroots effort in history to register 18- to 24-year-old voters. During the 2004 campaign, Smith trained and managed a staff of 150. They built a coalition of more than 700 businesses, nonprofits and elected officials and recruited more than 4,000 volunteers nationwide. The project registered 349,000 18- to 24-year-olds in its six core states.
Smith earned her B.A. in economics and public at Duke University. She has also studied at Oxford University. She is currently pursuing her masters at George Washington University.
GIOVANNA GRAY TORCHIO (D), 26, is the senior vice president of business development at North Track Media, an integrated strategic communications and media firm in New York City New York City: see New York, city.
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Torchio, a deputy finance director for the New York arm of Howard Dean's campaign. On Dean's campaign, Torchio established one of New York City's first low-dollar fund-raising networks, raising high-dollar results of over $1 million for the campaign. Torchio translated that success into her startup political software company I Stand For and had 35 clients in less than a year. She is the youngest board member of the Women's Leadership Forum Network and served as campaign manager for Andrew Rasiej for New York City Public Advocate.
Torchio holds a B.A. in gender and women's studies and history from Connecticut College.
JIM WILSON (N), 34, is the manager of political education programs for the American Medical Association's PAC, where he conducts political education programs to teach political action techniques to the medical community.
From 2001 to 2005, Wilson worked for the information division at the Federal Elections Commission. He provided training on federal campaign finance law to candidates, political parties and political action committees. His work at the FEC See forward error correction.
FEC - Forward Error Correction made him a sought-after expert in independent expenditures and national and state political party committee regulation. He was an adviser to several state agencies regarding provisions of the McCain-Feingold bill.
Wilson received his B.A. from Georgetown University and a masters and PhD in rhetoric and political communications from the University of Pittsburgh.
RAYMOND ZABORNEY (R), 30, is the campaign manager for Lynn Swann for Governor, R-Pa.
Zaborney worked as executive director for Team 88, Swann's PAC that explored a run for Governor. It raised more than $1.6 million before the former football star even announced his candidacy. Zaborney worked as political director for Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett's successful campaign and managed Chuck Erdman's re-election campaign for County Controller, winning by the largest margin in the county's history, despite being outspent out·spent
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Zaborney, 30, attended Bloomsburg University.