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PR Pros Make ‘GQ’ List of Washington’s Powerful

Heather & Tony Podesta

GQ has published a list of its 50 most powerful people in Washington and a few spots are occupied by PR pros. At number 23 are Heather and Tony Podesta, who each run lobbying and government relations firms, Heather Podesta + Partners and Podesta Group respectively. Their blurb says they’ve raised $90 million during the Obama administration.

In at number 42 are Jayne Sandman and Barbara Martin from BrandlinkDC (technically two people, which raises the number of people on the list, but OK GQ). They’re joined in that slot by Brightest Young Things blogger Svetlana Legetic. Which raises the number one more, but who’s counting.

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Congressional Staffers Flock to the Political Dark Side

Bennett, Christian Science Monitor

A study published on the site LegiStorm, a site that calls itself “transparency’s sidekick,” found that 5,400 congressional staffers became lobbyists in the past decade. Nearly 400 lawmakers made the move. Only 604 lobbyists left their jobs to work for lawmakers.

The firm attracting the most congressional talent is Podesta Group, which has 21 former Hill employees on its staff. The Washington Post says 14,000 people work on Capitol Hill and 11,700 are registered to lobby this year.

In related news, Dutko Worldwide is letting news trickle out about its expansion into the Midwest. The firm, which is now known as Dutko Grayling after being acquired by Huntsworth, has partnered with Chicago-based attorney Thomas Hynes to make inroads in the region. There are no full-time employees there, but there may be if business is forthcoming.

Spin the Agencies of Record

In today’s Spin the Agencies of Record, we have a lot of money, a lot of beauty, and a lot of booze.

MDE Group, a $1.3 billion wealth management group, has selected MWW Group to launch its Risk 3.0 investment solutions platform and raise awareness among financial advisers and professional investors.

Kaplow is the new AOR for Cosmetic Executive Women, a 4,000-member organization for women leaders in the beauty industry.

Emperial Americas, makers of Tequila Distinguido, has chosen DB Agency PR as its AOR to provide a marcomms campaign for the tequila brand and services for the company’s other brands.

The Christian Science Church has selected the Podesta Group for health insurance issues related to spiritual care coverage, O’Dwyer’s reports.