Prime Policy Group Assists in Major Trade Association Win

Prime Policy Group provided significant assistance this week to two of our trade association clients, the United Motorcoach Association and the National School Transportation Association, on the groups’ number one issue relating to minimum insurance requirements they are required to have to operate.

Prime Policy Group Announces Robinson to Join as Director

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Prime Policy Group, a premier bipartisan government relations and consulting firm in Washington, D.C., announced today the hiring of Armstrong ‘Army’ Robinson, who will join the firm as a Director.

Prime Policy Group Announces Hire

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Prime Policy Group, a premier bipartisan government relations and consulting firm in Washington, D.C., is pleased to announce today the hiring of Mitchell Vakerics, who
.will join the firm’s healthcare practice as a Director.

114th Congress: A Look at the Possibilities

The recently-concluded lame-duck session gave some hope that the two parties can come together on major legislation, as we saw with the CRomnibus. The leaders of both chambers in the 114th Congress say they want a return to a regular order of legislating.

Prime Organizes Successful Capitol Hill Days for Client

On behalf of our client, the United Motorcoach Association (UMA), Prime Policy Group planned and executed a multi-day Congressional Fly-In for over 50 CEO’s of the Association. UMA members attended over 280 meetings with Members and staff in the House and Senate to advocate for important issues facing the charter and tour motorcoach industry.

Gabe Rozsa Receives NSTA 2013 Meritorious Service Award

At the National School Transportation Association (NSTA) 49th Annual Awards Banquet on July 23, 2013, Prime Policy Group Managing Director Gabe Rozsa was awarded the prestigious NSTA 2013 Meritorious Service Award. This award is given in recognition of an individual who has displayed unparalleled vision, support, and leadership toward improving pupil transportation safety and promotion of NSTA and the school bus industry.

Burleigh Leonard’s Farm Bill Op-Ed is Published in Roll Call

Burleigh Leonard, Prime Policy Group Senior Consultant, shares his insight on what’s next for the Farm Bill in his op-ed published in Roll Call on July 11, 2013. Please find the article below or read it online here.

In the Aftermath of the Farm Bill's Defeat | Commentary 

By Burleigh C.W. Leonard 

Charlie Black honored for leadership by the Bryce Harlow Foundation

Prime Policy Group Chairman Charlie Black Honored for Outstanding Leadership in the Government Relations and Advocacy Industry

Black Presented Prestigious Bryce Harlow Foundation Award by Senator McCain

The 113th Congress: The Path Forward

As Congress recesses post-State of the Union, Prime Policy Group previews the 113th Congress and President Obama’s second term in “The 113th Congress: The Path Forward.” We focus on the major policy issues, key players and internal party dynamics that will be in play over the next two years.

Burleigh Leonard's Farm Policy Op-Ed Printed in the Wall Street Journal

Prime Policy Group Senior Consultant Burleigh Leonard shares his insight on farm policy and food prices in his op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal on January 23, 2013. Please find the article below:

Time to Defuse the 'Food Bomb' in Farm Policy

Unless Congress acts, food prices could spike by 40%-100%.

By Burleigh Leonard 

Article oringinally appeared in the June 15, 2015 edition of Financial Times

When Jeb Bush, the son of one former president and brother of another, revealed in December that he was exploring a run for the White House, it sparked expectations that the 2016 election would repeat the 1992 race by pitting a Bush against a Clinton.

Hillary Clinton was already the Democratic frontrunner even though the wife of former President Bill Clinton had not yet declared. When people around Jeb Bush began touting his “shock and awe” fundraising — including dinners costing $100,000 a head — it fuelled a sense that he would steamroll past his Republican opposition, particularly after his emergence encouraged Mitt Romney to opt against making a third run at the White House.

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Yet when the former Florida governor formally launches his campaign in Miami on Monday, the Republican establishment favourite will be starting from a much weaker position, having failed to sail ahead of his rivals in the polls.

While he is expected to have raised in the region of $100m, his campaign has played down that figure. “We have never set a goal like that,” said Al Cardenas, the former chairman of the Republican party in Florida. “[But] whatever number it is, it will be so much more than anyone else will have raised.”

But there has been little “awe” judging by the fact that 10 other Republicanshave entered the race and more than a half a dozen others are contemplating running.

John Kasich, the Republican governor of Ohio who is also considering a campaign, last week gave voice to what a growing number of people in the GOP establishment say privately: “I thought Jeb would take up all the oxygen. He hasn’t.”

In many ways Mr Bush is the ideal candidate to help the party recapture the White House. As a governor of Florida, he ran a big state that alongside Ohio is one of the two critical swing states on the path to the Oval Office. His moderate position on immigration would be more palatable to voters than most of his rivals in the general election. And the fact that he speaks Spanish and has a Mexican wife should boost support among Latinos, the fastest growing demographic of the electorate.

The Republican establishment views Mr Bush as the candidate with the best chance of attracting minority voters, which Mr Romney lost in droves in 2012. His stance on social issues such as gay marriage, while conservative, are more moderate than some of his party rivals, which could help win independent voters. But Mr Bush faces several hurdles on the path to the nomination, including his surname.

While some Republicans, such as veteran lobbyist Charlie Black, say the Bush name may help with supporters of his brother — who remains popular with the conservative base — others say his candidacy implies the very kind of dynastic succession that the founding fathers wanted US democracy to overcome.

“He has been an exceptionally effective governor … but the third member of one family to pursue the presidency is a very difficult element to get over,” says one Republican who served under George W Bush. “It does not seem consistent with what our system is supposed to be about. That [also] applies to the Clintons.”

Mr Cardenas dismisses the dynasty question as “nothing more, nothing less than pure politics”, saying that Republicans who want to back another candidate will use it as an excuse. Mr Black says the “so-called dynasty issue just cancels out” if the race ends up being Bush v Clinton. But he says Mr Bush needs to “get out there and establish his own identity” — an area where he has stumbled in recent weeks.

The big picture is that Jeb Bush is still the frontrunner and the most likely nominee of the party … and the most likely person to beat Hillary Clinton

- Vin Weber, former Minnesota congressman

Asked if he would have invaded Iraq given what we know now — that it had no weapons of mass destruction — Mr Bush stunned observers by answering “yes”, before saying days later that he would not have. Supporters say he misunderstood the question, but critics say he should have been better prepared for such an obvious question.

An even bigger challenge than his name, however, is the chasm between the GOP establishment and the anti-establishment Tea Party and conservative base, which have doubts about his conservatism.

Mr Bush has described himself as a “headbanging conservative” who as Florida governor cut taxes and earned the nickname “Veto Corleone” for his efforts to rein in spending. He supported abortion restrictions and signed the first “Stand your ground” law in the US, which allows people to defend themselves with “deadly force” when people intrude on their property.

But he has come under fire from conservatives for his approach on illegal immigration where he supports a pathway to legal residency for 11m undocumented workers. The Tea Party also vilifies him for supporting Common Core, a set of national education testing standards that critics say relegate the rights of states.

Jim Manley, a former Democratic congressional aide, says that while Mr Bush had a “largely conservative record” on economic issues, his stance on Common Core and immigration would be “red meat for the Republican base in Iowa and New Hampshire”, which are the two states that vote first in the Republican primary calendar.

Vin Weber, a former Minnesota congressman, dismisses concerns about his candidate, saying the fact that there are so many GOP contenders has caused some in the party to lose perspective. “The big picture is that Jeb Bush is still the frontrunner and the most likely nominee of the party … and the most likely person to beat Hillary Clinton,” says Mr Weber. “When the dust settles, the reality is that Jeb Bush has the best record.”

Jeb Bush

■ Personal Fluent Spanish speaker married to Mexican-born Columba. Described himself as “Hispanic” on a voter registration form in 2009 and later joked on Twitter that “Don’t think I’ve fooled anyone!” Comes from a Protestant family, but converted to Catholicism and would be only the second Catholic president after John F Kennedy.

■ Private sector Worked for a bank in Venezuela before entering politics and made a fortune in the Florida real estate industry. He was employed as an adviser to Lehman Brothers before its collapse during the financial crisis and took an advisory role at Barclays, the UK bank.

■ Campaigns Failed in his first campaign for Florida governor in 1994, the same year that his brother became governor of Texas. Won the election four years later, and served two terms until 2007.

■ Conservatism Self-described “headbanging” conservative who earnt the sobriquet “Veto Corleone” for cutting spending. Florida became first state to introduce licence plates with the words “Choose Life” during his tenure. Unsuccessfully tried to prevent husband of Terri Schiavo, woman who had spent years in a vegetative state, from removing the feeding tube that was keeping her alive. Converted a Florida jail to the first “faith-based” prison in the US. Conservatives outside Florida view him with scepticism because of his views on immigration and national education standards.

■ Economy Florida saw its credit rating raised to AAA while he was governor. He slashed government jobs by privatising many government services. While he presided over the creation of more than 1m jobs during his tenure, critics say many were low-paid jobs with no health insurance that made it hard for families to survive during the housing boom in the state.

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Pastrick examines the opportunity for US-Japan relations following Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's recent visit and asseses its implications on President Obama's foreign policy.

Gardner’s op-ed on the U.S.– EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is published on The Hill’s Congress Blog.

Cary blogs for US News about Cantor's primary defeat

John participated on the Brookings Executive Education seminar panel, “Inside the Budgetary Process.” 

John is featured in a recent article on the dangers of wildlife poaching, published in The Washington Diplomat.

The Hill names Marty one of Washington's Top Lobbyists for 2013.

Gardner’s op-ed on the U.S.– EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is published on The Hill’s Congress Blog. 

Burleigh's farm bill op-ed, "The House Farm Bill's Sleight-of-Hand," is published on The Hill's Congress Blog.

Marty participated on the Brookings Executive Education Inside Congress seminar panel, “Leadership in the United States Senate.” 

Marty participated in the American League of Lobbyists seminar panel, “Congressional Rules & Procedures 2013.”

John is the keynote speaker at the annual Top 10 Banquet at Union City High School in Union City, Tennessee, honoring the students with the highest academic standing in each class. 

Keith briefed members of the National School Transportation Association on tax reform during their annual “Bus-In” in Washington.

Chuck guest-lectures on trade issues at East Carolina University’s Center for Sustainable Tourism.

As a member of the Fix the Debt Campaign, John co-author’s an op-ed piece in The Hill stressing the importance of reaching a deal to reduce the nation’s debt. 

Scott’s piece on Japan’s future under new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is printed in the Public Affairs Asia magazine.  

Rich is quoted in an NPR story on sequestration. 

Keith is elected Vice Chair of the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington's Board of Directors. 

Marty’s analysis on the Senate rules changes is posted on The Hill’s Congress Blog. 

Chester participated in a panel discussion for his alma mater Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ annual “Day on the Hill” trip to Washington which is offered to current undergraduates. 

Gardner participates in a homeland security panel discussion at the Council on Foreign Relations.

The Hill names Marty one of Washington’s Top Lobbyists for 2012. 

Marty guest lectures on the U.S. Senate to classes at Northeastern University and Brown University. 

John is featured in a recent article on congressional redistricting published in The Atlantic.

Gabe made a presentation on Executive Branch lobbying to the American League of Lobbyists.

Burleigh’s analysis on the farm bill delay is posted on The Hill’s Congress blog. 

Charlie appears on CNBC’s The Kudlow Report to discuss top issues in the presidential race. 

John participates in the second of the “Strengthening of America – Our Children’s Future” forums. This panel addressed the impact of U.S. debt on national security. 

John participates in the “Strengthening of America – Our Children’s Future” initiative’s first of four panel discussions on America’s fiscal challenges.

Charlie appears on CNBC’s The Kudlow Report to discuss events around the GOP convention (at 5:07). 

Burleigh’s farm bill analysis is posted on The Hill’s Congress blog. 

Charlie appears on CNBC’s The Kudlow Report to discuss the presidential race.

Pam mentioned in a CityBizList press release as an InfraGard National Members Alliance board member.

Gardner asks General C. Robert Kehler, U.S. Air Force, Commander, U.S. Strategic Command a question at a recent Council on Foreign Relations event.

Charlie comments on the Wisconsin recall election results in The Hill.

Keith presents a webinar on tax reform to IPC.

The Hill publishes an opinion article on potential Senate rule changes by Marty.

Charlie is quoted in a CNN story on the presidential matchup. 

John Tanner is quoted in Politico on the future of the Blue Dog Democrats.

Keith’s “Taxmagadon” analysis is featured on IPC’s website. 

Lisa's client, the former CFO to Yukos Oil Co., has a letter to the editor published in the Washington Times.

Charlie quoted on the presidential race in CNN Analysis.

Rich quoted in a CQ Weekly article about the effects of automatic cuts to government programs (pages 807-808).

Charlie comments on Mitt Romney's post-primary campaign strategy in a Fox News article.

The National Defense Business Institute of the University of Tennessee publishes a part of Rich's Practitioner's Corner article on sequestration.

CNN quotes Charlie's general election campaign strategy and its focus on winning independents. 

Charlie credited as the "GOP's Indispensible Man" on Huffington Post.

Charlie comments on Romney's VP options in Reuters article. 

John to present on April 27 O'Bannon Institute panel on "The Heroes We Love to Hate."

Bloomberg Businessweek quotes Charlie on Romney's campaign strategy. 

Keith discusses the Obama administration's business tax reform proposal as relevant to the electronics industry.

Charlie is featured in the New York Times where he discusses his role as an informal advisor to Gov. Romney’s presidential campaign. 

Charlie is quoted in the New York Times regarding the GOP presidential primary candidates. 

Charlie appears on MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown to discuss the GOP primary race. 

Charlie appears on MSNBC's Jansing and Co. to discuss the results of Super Tuesday (starts at 4:55). 

Charlie is quoted in Bloomberg regarding the Romney campaign and Super Tuesday. 

Charlie comments on Mitt Romney’s Michigan primary win in National Journal.

Charlie is quoted in The Hill regarding the GOP primary battle in Michigan. 

Charlie is quoted in Politico regarding the 2012 presidential race in Arizona.

Charlie is interviewed on NPR regarding the GOP primary race (starts at 1:05). 

Charlie appears on MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown to discuss the GOP primary race. 

Charlie is quoted in USA Today on lessons learned over the last six weeks of the Republican primary race.

John co-authors the Bipartisan Policy Center’s newest report on U.S. Policy toward Iranian Nuclear Development. 

Check out John as a panelist at the Bipartisan Policy Center's event "Stopping the Clock on Iran's Nuclear Development."  

Charlie quoted in the Huffington Post about the severity of the personal attacks in this year's GOP presidential primary.

Charlie appearing on Bloomberg to discuss Obama's State of the Union Address.  

Charlie is quoted in the New York Times discussing Rick Santorum's K Street connection.

Charlie is quoted in the Wall Street Journal on Rick Perry's political influnce after the presidential primary.

Charlie appears on "CBS This Morning" to discuss the South Carolina primary. 

Marty is quoted in a New York Times article discussing the current climate on Capitol Hill. 

Marty is quoted in Politico regarding the President’s power to make recess appointments. 

Charlie is quoted in a Reuters article on Newt Gingrich's campaign.

Charlie supports Romney and is quoted in Politico

Charlie quoted in the Boston Globe on the successes of the Romney campaign.

Charlie is quoted in the Associated Press on Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign.

At the National Journal 2012 Election Preview, Charlie participated in a discussion on the presidential candidates with moderator Bob Schieffer.

Charlie appears on The Early Show to discuss the 2012 GOP presidential contenders.

Charlie quoted in the Wall Street Journal on the political effects of pulling out the troops in Iraq .

Charlie quoted in Reuters on Mitt Romney's debate performance.

Charlie appears on MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown to discuss the 2012 GOP campaign challenges.

John appears on Fox 5 News to discuss the President's jobs bill and the 2012 GOP candidates.

Marty comments in the New York Times on Senate procedure and its impact on passing legislation.

Charlie quoted in the Wall Street Journal on the 2012 GOP presidential debates.

Charlie quoted in Politico discussing Rick Perry's campaign strategy.

Marty Paone listed in The Hill as one of DC’s Top Lobbyists.

Charlie quoted in Bloomberg on the 2012 GOP presidential field.

Pam Turner is quoted by Federal News Radio on the congressional oversight of the Department of Homeland Security.

John Tanner is quoted in The Hill on the 2012 election and what it means for Blue Dog Democrats.

Charlie is quoted in Bloomberg on Rick Perry's fundraising ability.

Charlie is quoted in Roll Call on Donating in the 2012 Presidential Election.

Charlie is quoted in the Miami Herald on the GOP presidential race. 

Charlie is quoted in a BusinessWeek article on lobbying and the “super committee.” 

Charlie is quoted in a Los Angeles Times article on the GOP presidential candidates. 

Charlie is quoted in a New York Times article on President Obama and his chances for re-election. 

Read John Tanner’s op-ed on the "super committee" in Roll Call

Charlie Black comments in POLITICO on Rick Perry’s potential 2012 presidential candidacy. 

Charlie Black comments in POLITICO on Rick Perry’s potential 2012 presidential candidacy. 


John Tanner comments on Speaker Boehner’s debt plan during POLITICO’s online debate. 

Charlie Black is quoted in National Journal’s article on the Jon Huntsman campaign. 

Marty Paone is quoted in TIME regarding the debt ceiling negotiations.  

Is the Gang of Six plan a good deal? John Tanner weighs in during POLITICO's online discussion on July 21, 2011. 

Listen to Charlie Black interviewed on NPR’s Morning Edition where he discusses the GOP Presidential Candidates and their views on foreign policy. 

Listen to John Tanner interviewed on NPR's Talk of the Nation segment, "What's Wrong With Congress, And How To Fix It." (John starts at 12:27)

Charlie Black is quoted in The Atlantic on how the Republican presidential candidates are split over foreign policy.  

On Tuesday, June 21, 2011, John Tanner discussed lobbying at the National Retail Federation’s Washington Leadership Conference. 

Charlie Black is quoted in a recent AP article regarding the importance of the Iowa Caucuses. 

On Wednesday, June 8, 2011, Gardner Peckham presided over the Council on Foreign Relations’ meeting on The Future of Foreign Aid

Charlie Black is quoted in Politico regarding the possibility of Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels entering the 2012 Presidential primary race. 

Gardner Peckham contributes a piece to The Journal of the American Enterprise Insitute blog regarding the conflict in Libya. 

Rich Meade's comments from the webinar previewing the 112th Congress. 

John Tanner's comments from the webinar previewing the 112th Congress. 

Gardner Peckham's comments from the webinar previewing the 112th Congress. 

Keith Smith's comments from the webinar previewing the 112th Congress. 

Becky Weber's comments from the webinar previewing the 112th Congress. 

Marty Paone's comments from the webinar previewing the 112th Congress. 

Charlie Black's comments from the webinar previewing the 112th Congress. 

Pamela Turner's comments from the webinar previewing the 112th Congress 


Charlie Black is quoted in The Hill regarding the 2012 Presidential primary 

Gabe Rozsa praised for work on clean diesel funding legislation

M.B. Oglesby recently quoted in Bloomberg article about President Obama and his "Likability Factor"