Two Radel staffers jump to Bardella’s new shop — IRS’s Castro to launch tax …

November 26, 2013 by  
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With Andrea Drusch

SCOOP… TWO RADEL STAFFERS JUMP TO BARDELLA’S NEW SHOP: Two staffers for embattled Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) are jumping to Endeavor Strategic Communications. Endeavor  — the firm founded by former Darrell Issa aide Kurt Bardella — has hired Amanda Nunez as its director of strategic and political communications and Caitlin Rush as director of social and digital engagement. Both previously served in Radel’s office. Radel took a leave of absence from Congress last week to seek treatment after pleading guilty in a cocaine arrest that took place in October. Nunez was Radel’s communications director, while Rush was his digital director.  

“Amanda is one of the most talented communicators on Capitol Hill and brings to Endeavor a unique understanding of how today’s 24/7 news cycle works and how to best leverage content to generate a maximum level of positive exposure,” Bardella, president and founder of Endeavor Strategic Communications, said in a release. Bardella added: “The addition of Caitlin creates new opportunities for Endeavor to expand into this new frontier of communications, allowing us to substantially broaden the portfolio of services we provide.” Endeavor launched in September of 2013 and has a client roster that includes Breitbart News and the successful and historic Colorado state recall.  

FIRST IN PI…. IRS’S CASTRO TO LAUNCH TAX FIRM: Former Internal Revenue Service official Jorge Castro is launching Castro Strategies, a firm focusing on domestic and international tax regulatory and policy issues. Castro is a former senior aide to Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and has served at the IRS as senior counselor. His last day at the IRS was Friday. “My three years at the IRS have been dynamic and rewarding,” Castro said in an email. “Whether it was working on domestic tax issues or representing the United States on international tax projects and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, it has been a great honor to have worked alongside the dedicated men and women of the IRS. I look forward to launching this new venture and fully utilizing my ten years of legislative and executive branch experience.”

GOOD MONDAY AFTERNOON where it’s been 63 years since the Great Appalachian Storm of 1950. The tropical cyclone crossed 22 states and killed more than 300 people. At the time it was the most expensive storm on record for the insurance industry. Send your lobbying news, gossip, tips and scoops to And keep up with PI on Twitter by following @ByronTau or @PoliticoPI.

CARPENTERS HIRE NEW LOBBYIST: The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America has hired Siff Associates to lobby on a series of aviation issues, as well as legislation related to federal background checks and credentialing programs. Chris Granberg, a former legislative liaison for the National Fraternal Order of Police will work on the account. UBC represents more than a half million millwrights, floor coverers, pile drivers, lathers and carpenters on issues of labor laws, trade agreements and pension and wage issues. The group is also represented by Christopher Heinz of Grossman Heinz on issues related to the Pension Protection Act.

BOCKORNY GROUP ADDS MAYLE: The Bockorny Group has hired Carolyn Mayle as the firm’s newest principal. Mayle comes to Bockorny from WellPoint, where she worked for more than five years as a senior lobbyist. She’s been in the government relations industry for over 17 years — with positions in both the trade association and corporate worlds. “Carolyn possesses the rare blend of both policy and political acumen,” said Dave Bockorny, the firm’s chairman and CEO. “She has a deep understanding of health policy and experience in the corporate world. Having worked at the intersection of business and Capitol Hill for almost two decades, her perspective will be a crucial asset to our clients.” Prior to working at WellPoint, Mayle worked for General Motors Corporation as director of congressional and public affairs, handling all federal health care issues and leading numerous legislative campaigns.  

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR CUPCAKES COCKTAILS: Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) is hosting a “Holiday Cupcakes and Cocktails” event for donors next week. $5,000 will get you in as a host, or $2,500 will get you in as a sponsor. It’s $1,000 for PACs and $500 to attend — which makes it an expensive cupcake event, even by D.C. standards. The fundraiser promises to be “a fun and festive event,” said one of Sewell’s fundraising consultants.

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WALTERS JOINS SEED ASSOCIATION: Janice Tolley Walters will become the new director of communications of the American Seed Trade Association, association president Andrew W. LaVigne announced. She joins the association as manager of communications for the National Corn Growers Association.

RESTAURANT GROUP UNVEILS THANKSGIVING RESEARCH: The National Restaurant Association finds that 33 million Americans will rely on restaurants for all or parts of their Thanksgiving meals this year, according to research released Monday. In addition, 46 million Americans are expected to dine out while shopping on Thanksgiving Day or Black Friday. “Our research shows that many of today’s consumers will leverage the convenience of restaurant meals for the Thanksgiving holiday, allowing them more time to spend with friends and family rather than cooking and cleaning up,” said Hudson Riehle, senior vice president of the research and knowledge group for the association. Their full release is here:

PI’S ABBREVIATED WEEK: PI will be taking Thursday and Friday off. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. 


DISCLOSE? The Columbia Journalism Review examines whether news outlets should disclose when a “small business owner” is also on the board of a large trade association. The story of Drew Greenblatt.

FEDS: TRADE ASSOCIATION EMPLOYEE ALLEGEDLY EMBEZZLES $5.1M: Washington Post: “For the past five years, Ephonia Green has publicized her donations of wedding gowns to military brides, describing in interviews how she was moved to repay their service with her own goodwill by giving away 275 ensembles from her Upper Marlboro shop. Federal court records suggest how she may have been able to afford that: Since 2005, while working as a $56,000-a-year administrative assistant, Green allegedly stole $5.1 million from the Association of American Medical Colleges.” More here:

FORMER AWEA CHAIR RUMORED PICK FOR AMBASSADOR POSITION: Stolen from POLITICO’s Morning Energy: Tom Carnahan, a former chairman of the American Wind Energy Association‘s board and an Obama campaign bundler is the rumored pick to be the U.S. ambassador to Ireland, a position vacant for almost a year, the Irish Times reports. Carnahan, from an Irish-American family with several political connections, founded a wind farm development group and a international clean energy investment firm. Irish Times:

HIGHER ED LOBBYING: A look at the Pennsylvania public university’s lobbying efforts.

LIGHTER CLICK: Forget K Street; former Rep. Bill Delahunt wants to get into the marijuana business.


Gulf Coast Conservatives of Venice, Fla. — Treasurer Eric Robinson (Super PAC)


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King Spalding: Sedgwick, Inc.

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