WASHINGTON: Fleishman-Hillard's government-relations subsidiary FH/GPC has won a major contract from the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges.
The 214-member association wants to secure more Congressional research grants for its university members. FH/GPC won a three-year assignment to help in those efforts, and will work with Fleishman's DC office, as well as DC lobbying firms Gonella Kaufman and FH Hutchinson & Co.
While budgets are still being determined, the three-year assignment could mean overall fees of at least $1 million.
"It's a big win for us because it's outside our traditional playing field," said Phil Diehl, president of FH/GPC and co-chair of Fleishman's public affairs practice.
Lobbying for federal appropriations is a specialized area that FH/GPC has not worked in.
The firm proposed an integrated approach to the association's request, suggesting that what is needed is not only appropriations lobbying, but also government relations, public relations, and internal communications efforts at the association, Diehl explained.
Fleishman will handle PR and internal communications issues for the association, while FH/GPC will work on government relations.