Under the radar: State of Florida hires Principi Group as part of effort to prevent future base closures

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Ramping up its efforts to prevent base closures, Florida has signed a new contract for advocacy work with the Principi Group, a Virginia-based firm that represents a number of state-based organizations and bills itself as “the most experienced Base Realignment and Closure team in the nation.”

The firm was founded by Anthony Principi, a former secretary of Veterans Affairs who chaired the 2005 BRAC Commission, and Charles Battaglia, who served as the commission’s executive director.

Last year, the state of Florida had hired the Principi Group to conduct a study of its military bases. And last week, it disclosed that it’s retaining the firm to begin using that study to lobby on behalf of the state’s military bases, following the Pentagon’s decision to once again propose a new round of BRAC in 2015 as part of its budget request for FY14.

Battaglia told POLITICO’s Morning Defense. “We’re bringing the attention of officials in Congress and the Pentagon to our assessments of [Florida’s] bases and the strengths that those bases bring to our national security,” Battaglia said.

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.