Rising political star Katie Ballard opens finance consulting, legislative advocacy firm

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Katie Ballard, Director of Legislative Affairs for the Florida Medical Association, today announced she will be forming her own firm, K. Ballard Consulting, in January 2015, focusing on finance consulting and legislative advocacy. Ballard will join FMA’s lobbying team for the 2015 Legislative Session and will also serve as a fundraising consultant to the Paul Renner for State House Campaign in the upcoming special election for House District 24.

“This is a great opportunity for Katie and we are excited she has made the decision to open her own consulting firm,” said FMA Executive Vice President Tim Stapleton. “We are even more proud that her first client is the FMA and that she will remain an integral part of our team.”

Renner campaign consultant Marc Reichelderfer said, “I am thrilled that we will have someone of Ballard’s caliber joining our campaign team. Her political, fundraising and grassroots experience will complement our efforts tremendously in the weeks and months ahead.”

Ballard worked for the Republican Party of Florida House Campaigns, serving as the campaign coordinator for then-candidate Bill Hager. Ballard served as his legislative aide, and then went on to run Rep. Hager’s re-election bid as campaign manager in 2012. Her fundraising efforts in 2014 on behalf of Rep. Hagar not only led to his general election victory in a highly competitive race, but also his being one of the top ten fundraisers among Republican Caucus members.

 She was named one of the “30 under 30” rising stars in Florida politics in 2013 by this website. Her federal level experience includes her work in the Office of Congressman Tom Rooney as a staff assistant and special projects coordinator.

In 2011, Ballard served as the deputy finance director and political coordinator for the George LeMieux for U.S. Senate Campaign.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.