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Congressman Chris John Joins Federalist Group

Former Democratic Congressman Adds Clout to Bipartisan Government Relations Firm

Washington, DC, March 23, 2006 - The Federalist Group today announced that U.S. Representative Chris John (D-LA) has joined the firm as managing director. Also joining the practice is John’s former Chief of Staff, Gordon Taylor, as senior vice president.

John, 46, a four-term congressman from Louisiana, was a member of the Committees on Energy and Commerce, Resources and Agriculture. He also served as Chairman of the Blue Dog Coalition, a centrist group of more than 30 Democrat members of Congress. John was considered one of the leading advocates for energy-related matters in the House of Representatives.

“The Federalist Group has earned a reputation as being one of the most effective groups in the city and Gordon and I believe our legislative experience, on the Democratic side, will quickly add value to its clients,” said John. “I look forward to working among such a talented team.”

“We are committed to establishing the most effective bipartisan firm dedicated to achieving our clients’ goals,” said Wayne Berman, managing director of the Federalist Group. “Chris and Gordon both have the relevant experience to greatly assist our clients in managing their political risk. They have the seasoned judgment and practical insight that our clients value.”

“Chris and Gordon’s arrival marks a tremendous accomplishment for the Federalist Group,” said Robert Mathias, managing director of Ogilvy PR’s Washington office that acquired the Federalist Group in September 2005. “Both will provide valuable contributions to the entire network and we could not be happier.”

Along with John, Taylor brings over 10 years experience on Capitol Hill, most recently serving as Chief of Staff to former Rep. Chris John. In that role, he was the principal advisor to the Congressman on House Energy and Commerce Committee issues and votes. “Chris and I have worked together with great success for over a decade and both saw that the Federalist Group’s reputation, philosophy and people made it the natural fit for us,” added Taylor.

Both additions will provide strategic and policy advice to a diverse group of clients on regulatory and legislative issues, specifically in the areas of telecommunications, energy, health care, agriculture, information technology and international trade.


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The Federalist Group, a Washington-based government relations firm, specializes in legislative advocacy, policy initiatives, securing federal appropriations, legislative and executive relationship building, regulatory advocacy and grassroots campaigns. The Federalist Group’s professional staff has decades of experience in grassroots and advocacy groups, campaigns, House, Senate and Executive offices and prides itself on the ability to anticipate and mitigate actions by government that can adversely affect clients’ profitability and stability. Firm partners include Stewart Hall, Wayne Berman, John Green, Drew Maloney and James J. Baker. The Federalist Group is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide. For more information, visit our Web site at

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