Republican PR Firm Plucks Coal Lobby Media Exec

Blueprint Communications hires veteran GOP communicator Lisa Camooso Miller as a partner.

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Chris Frates
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Chris Frates
Sept. 17, 2013, 12:34 p.m.

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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