With two legislative hires, MWW grows lobbying skill

WASHINGTON, DC: The MWW Group has added legislative affairs vets Edward Braman and Christine LaPaille to the staff of its DC office.

WASHINGTON, DC: The MWW Group has added legislative affairs vets Edward Braman and Christine LaPaille to the staff of its DC office.

WASHINGTON, DC: The MWW Group has added legislative affairs vets

Edward Braman and Christine LaPaille to the staff of its DC office.



Braman, who joins as senior public affairs director, had previously

served as director of the National Council of Senior Citizens’

organizing and member relations department. More recently, he had been a

group manager at Selz/Seabolt Communications.



LaPaille, who joins the DC office as a senior counselor, was shifted

over from the agency’s Chicago outpost, where she was SVP and general

manager.



According to EVP and principal Bob Sommer, the arrival of Braman and

LaPaille reflects MWW’s lobbying and public affairs growth. The

Washington office billed dollars 1.5 million from new and existing

accounts in the first half of the year. By comparison, the total take in

1998 for the office was dollars 2 million, all of it stemming from

government affairs.



Sommer stressed the importance of broadening the DC office’s government

affairs focus. ’You can’t just run a government affairs campaign and

hope to win,’ he said. ’Clients are looking for a mix of government

affairs and public affairs. They realize that the old ways of doing

business in Washington are changing.’



Among MWW’s prominent DC clients are Bacardi Martini (dollars 140,000 in

1998 lobbying fees), GAF (dollars 320,000) and Puerto Ricans in Civic

Action (dollars 600,000).



One new challenge, however, comes in the form of MWW client The

Coalition for Asbestos Resolution. The group supports legislation

sponsored by Rep. Henry Hyde and Senators Bob Torricelli and John

Ashcroft which would place greater emphasis on mediation as a means of

resolving oft-litigated asbestos-exposure disputes.



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