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Longtime PR and Lobbying Exec. Ed Gillespie Among Leaders of New GOP “Network”

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The Republican party is in the midst of building a “massive fundraising, organizing and advertising machine based on the model assembled by Democrats early in the decade, and with the same ambitious goal – to recapture Congress and the White House,” Politico reports.

One of the leaders of the network is Ed Gillespie, who has held numerous communications roles for the GOP, including senior communications advisor for the presidential campaign of George W. Bush, and Director of Communications and Congressional Affairs for the Republican National Committee.

Gillespie left Quinn, Gillespie & Associates, the lobbying and PR firm he co-founded with Jack Quinn, former Chief of Staff to Vice President Al Gore, in 2007 to join the Bush administration full time, where he was involved with communications strategy.

“Where they [Democrats] have a chess piece on the board, we need a chess piece on the board,” Gillespie told Politico, as to the group’s motivations.

Asked about the new network, Gillespie directed us to Jim Dyke, founder of strategic communications firm Jim Dyke & Associates, who said, “The group or network is actually inaccurate. These are separate organizations that have a variety of missions and each will have its own PR or communications strategy.”

However, there are common goals between the organizations. “Understanding and utilizing new media, paid media and traditional media in concert to inform, motivate and activate voters on behalf of Republican candidates is critical to our success,” said Dyke.

Dyke has held communications roles with the Republican National Committee, the Rudy Giuliani Presidential campaign, President George W. Bush and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.

Gillespie is involved in all five groups that make up the network: The Republican State Leadership Committee, Resurgent Republic, American Action Forum, American Action Network and American Crossroads.

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Toyota Adds To PR Agency Roster in D.C.

Toyota has added two D.C.-based PR agencies to its roster of consultants as the company manages through a massive product recall, PRWeek reports.

Glover Park Group and Quinn Gillespie & Associates were hired by the car-maker. The agencies will work alongside existing Toyota agencies Powell Tate and Golin Harris.

Both Glover Park and Quinn Gillespie are high-powered and well-connected D.C. firms. Glover Park recently employed former Hillary Clinton 2008 presidential campaign communications director Howard Wolfson, before he left to take a full time role with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s administration.

Quin Gillespie is run by Jack Quinn, former White House Counsel to President Bill Clinton and Chief of Staff to Vice President Al Gore. Ed Gillespie left the firm in 2007 to serve as counselor to President George W. Bush and has since worked on various Republic campaigns.

UPDATE: Jack Quinn tells PRNewser via email, “Yes, we are retained by Toyota. We were hired to provide general representation, but, at the moment, we are assisting on issues regarding the recall matters.” The agency is acting as high-level general counsel and in a government relations capacity – not media relations.

RELATED: FishbowlDC Co-Editor Matt Dornic Joins Quinn Gillespie & Associates

FishbowlDC Co-Editor Matt Dornic Joins Quinn Gillespie & Associates

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In some news that hits close to home — and by home, we mean the mediabistro.com family — FishbowlDC co-editor Matt Dornic has joined D.C.-based agency Quinn Gillespie & Associates as Director.

QGA will absorb Dornic’s company 3 Dog Agency. All employees will be making the move, along with 3 Dog clients that fit with QGA’s caliber of clients and billing structure.

Dornic told PRNewser today that agency namesake Jack Quinn is a personal friend and mentor and that he was ready “to not be the owner of an agency anymore.”

“I was sick of being bogged down with things like IT and HR, so this is perfect opportunity for me to grow what I loved about 3 Dog at Quinn Gillespie & Associates,” he said.

Quinn formerly served as White House Counsel to President Bill Clinton and Chief of Staff to Vice President Al Gore.

Agency namesake Ed Gillespie left in 2007 to serve as counselor to President George W. Bush. He had previously served as Chairman of the Republic National Committee.

After Gillespie’s departure, QGA became more government relations focused, and the deal with Dornic and 3 Dog Agency is part of a push to ramp up the agency’s strategic communications expertise.

Dornic will continue to co-edit FishbowlDC. Full release after the jump.

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