Who are the generally reliable consultants out there? I was thinking about this the other day. I know Joel McElhannon. There’s Jim Collins and Rusty Paul in their shop. There’s Clint Austin. Oh, and Firehouse over in Augusta.

But on the Democrat side I know very few. So, political consultants out there — left, right, Dem, GOP, and other — who are they? How many can you name. (Should I include myself in the list?)


  1. Mike Hassinger says:

    There’s Jim Lovejoy up in Cobb county, Mark Rountree at Landmark Communications, and I’ve done a race or two myself. Let me know where to send the proposal…

  2. Jack S says:

    It seems that anybody who has worked on a campaign and can by a laser printer has business cards and calls themselves consultants. Whatever. This state is full of little Karl Rove wannabes.

  3. GAWire says:

    Are you talking about only campaign consultants, or are you referring to all general firms that go beyond campaigns and do other stuff as well. How do you define “a consultant?” There are countless.

  4. Mark Rountree says:

    Sounds like as good a time as any to register @ peachpundit. Great site, Erick.

    On the GOP side, we at Landmark have been here for 15 years — since 1991. From our point of view, the more consultants in Georgia the better. I’ve seen the professional operative industry grow at a healthy pace, and many of us are rivals and friends. The more GOP operatives, the more interest in campaigns by GOP voters: a win-win so to speak.

    The Dem consulting teams are pretty much decimated during the last decade and a half due to two factors: 1st was the decade where their private campaign consultants mostly went to work at the tax trough in government (i.e. steve anthony types) and then, 2nd, a decade where they were continously pushed back into the sea in campaigns. The Dem leftovers are cox and cunnan in dekalb, sort of the last men standing, and Beth Shapiro, the Dem pollster.

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