Chandler joins up with Northern Kentucky lobbyists to form government relations firm
09/26/2013 09:46 AM
Former Democratic Congressman Ben Chandler is teaming up with three partners from the Northern Kentucky public relations and lobbying firm founded by former Cincinnati Enquirer political writer Pat Crowley.
Chandler and Crowley will form the new Omni Advocacy Group along with Crowley’s current partners at Strategic Advisers: Jay Fossett — the former Covington city manager — and Greg Greene, a former banker.
The new firm will focus on lobbying, public advocacy and consulting for businesses, industry groups and organizations that deal with local, state, federal and international governments, Crowley said.
Chandler, as a former congressman, cannot lobby Congress until after January 1 — once he’s been out of Congress a year.
In addition to his new role as part of the government relations firm, Chandler also will continue to work as executive director of the Kentucky Humanities Council, a non-profit that promotes Kentucky heritage, arts and history and is funded through private donations.
Much of Chandler’s role as director of the council involves fundraising, Crowley said.
“His employer understands that he wants to do something entrepreneurial as well,” Crowley said.
Crowley said conversations with Chandler began at the end of 2012 after Chandler lost re-election to the Central Kentucky seat he had represented in Congress since February 2004.
Chandler said in a statement he wanted to work for a Kentucky-based firm.
“After leaving Congress, I received employment offers from a number of different firms – both large and small, in Kentucky and Washington -‐-‐ but I was drawn to principals at Strategic Advisers because, like me, they are grounded in Kentucky and they understand the people, businesses, history, and government in our Commonwealth,” Chandler said.
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