Clinton aide forms shop with friends

WASHINGTON: A new public affairs powerhouse is setting up shop in Washington just in time for the power transfer. The Harbour Group (THG), an outgrowth of DC legal and lobbying firm Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman, boasts a staff of political and PR heavyweights, including figures from the outgoing administration.

WASHINGTON: A new public affairs powerhouse is setting up shop in Washington just in time for the power transfer. The Harbour Group (THG), an outgrowth of DC legal and lobbying firm Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman, boasts a staff of political and PR heavyweights, including figures from the outgoing administration.

WASHINGTON: A new public affairs powerhouse is setting up shop in Washington just in time for the power transfer. The Harbour Group (THG), an outgrowth of DC legal and lobbying firm Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman, boasts a staff of political and PR heavyweights, including figures from the outgoing administration.

Co-general managers Joel Johnson and Richard Marcus bring with them decades of experience in politics and public relations, respectively. Johnson served most recently as senior advisor for policy and communications to former President Clinton and has held multiple posts on Capitol Hill.

Marcus, most recently EVP of Ogilvy PR's Washington, DC office, has held communications jobs with public interest groups, major corporations and national campaigns.

According to Marcus, Swidler Berlin has 'provided the basic infrastructure' for THG, though the firm will act independently. The newly formed PA shop currently boasts a staff of six.

Adding to THG's muscle are Teresa Gorman, a veteran of the senior Bush administration; Jodi Sakol, communications director for Joe Leiberman during his vice presidential campaign; and Alan Sexton, who worked with Marcus at Ogilvy.



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