Blueprint Communications made its first splash Tuesday, hiring veteran GOP communicator Lisa Camooso Miller as a partner at the new Republican public-relations firm.
The move is a coming-out of sorts for managing partners Jim Morrell and Chad Kolton, who quietly founded Blueprint in April after leaving public affairs firm HDMK. The news that Miller, a well-respected Washington insider, is joining the firm next month is sure to turn heads among K Street’s ultra-competitive consultant class.
Miller joins Blueprint from the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, where she built the trade group’s earned media program as vice president of media affairs. Last year, Miller ran a political-style campaign in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Virginia that helped make coal an issue in those battleground presidential campaign states. For years, ACCCE has been at the forefront of surround-sound communication campaigns that target lawmakers in Washington and at home.
In her new role, she’ll continue to work with ACCCE; she’s taking them on as a client.
All the firm’s partners have worked on the Hill and know the pressures staffers face, she said. It’s why at ACCCE, Miller, who has done communications for the House speaker, the Bush administration and the Republican National Committee, said she regularly sent recess kits and background material to the press secretaries of lawmakers interested in energy issues.
“She understands the Hill much better than most people do,” said Doug Heye, a deputy chief of staff for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. “That’s not just because of her jobs on the Hill in the speaker’s office or the RNC. After leaving the Hill, Lisa kept close tabs on what’s happening not just legislatively but with the people making the decisions.”
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