S&H in spat over bipartisan group

WASHINGTON: The Alliance for Energy & Corporate Growth, a coalition

of more than 400 corporate, electric and nuclear interests, has tapped

Smith & Harroff (S&H) to lead its campaign to help implement a

"bipartisan energy policy."

Some doubt, however, has been cast on just how bipartisan a policy the

alliance is looking for. A Washington Post article on May 30 quoted a

letter sent by a lobbyist claiming to represent the coalition and

warning member groups that they were expected to support President

Bush's proposal "in its entirety and not to lobby for changes to the

bill." Coalition members have since disavowed the letter, saying the

lobbyist who wrote it, Wayne Valis, is not affiliated with the


"The coalition is certainly not in lockstep behind Bush," said Chad

McGinnis, VP at S&H and one of three executives working on the account.

"It supports any reasonable policy approach that recognizes the need for

increasing energy production and increasing infrastructure necessary to

move energy from producers to consumers."

According to McGinnis, his was one of three firms pitching for the


S&H had been helping the coalition with its debut in late May, and will

now handle media relations and strategy for the remainder of the


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