Ballard Partners and NYC-based Tusk Strategies form strategic alliance

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Ballard Partners, one of Florida’s largest and most successful government affairs firms, is entering a strategic alliance with New York City-based Tusk Strategies, Inc., which specializes in political consulting and advocacy campaigns.

“Ballard Partners not only shares several clients with Tusk Strategies, we share a passion for their issues and a driving commitment to their success. The strategic alliance forged between our two firms will provide clients with an even deeper bench of seasoned, knowledgeable professionals at their disposal. I am pleased to be affiliated with Bradley Tusk and his top-notch team,” said Ballard Partners president Brian Ballard in a statement.

Tusk Strategies develops, manages and executes successful campaigns for Fortune 500 corporations, interest and trade groups, and major advocacy groups and institutions focused on state and local government across the nation. They have put their expertise to work for a diverse group of clients, including AT&T, Walmart, Expedia, StudentsFirst, The College Board, the Weather Channel, Uber, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Resorts World, PENewark and NBC News.

Tusk Strategies was founded by Bradley Tusk, a highly regarded political strategist who served as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s campaign manager during the Mayor’s successful re-election bid – one of the nation’s highest profile elections in 2009. Prior to serving as campaign manager for Bloomberg 2009, Tusk served as Deputy Governor of the State of Illinois from 2003-2006, where he oversaw the $60 billion state budget, policy, legislation, communications, and operations covering more than 57,000 employees.  Tusk also served as Communications Director for US Senator Charles Schumer and as a special assistant to Mayor Bloomberg at City Hall in New York.

“At Tusk Strategies, we do three things: we develop the strategy for how our client can achieve their underlying business goal, we build the right team on the ground, and we run the effort like a high intensity political campaign,” Tusk said. “We’ve worked with a lot of different firms over the past five years and as I’ve gotten to know Brian and work with him, it’s clear to me that he and his team are the best in class at what they do, and working together makes a lot of sense for our clients.”

Ballard Partners has been named by state and national publications as the leading government affairs firm in the Sunshine State. The Florida-based lobbying firm, with offices in Tallahassee, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Miami, Orlando and Tampa, combines extensive experience in government affairs with unwavering advocacy to maximize results for the clients they serve.

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