Odd Bedfellows

United by Interest, the bipartisan, majority-minority-owned public affairs shop whose partners include GOP lobbyist Sam Geduldig and Democratic lobbyists Mike Williams and Jennifer Stewart, is looking to put together an otherwise unlikely coalition of lawmakers to pass legislation aiming to streamline the reentry into society of individuals who’ve completed their sentences for nonviolent drug-related crimes. The Clean Slate Act, introduced […]

The lobbyists: Roll Call’s people to watch in 2019

“The goal of United By Interest is to “close the economic advantage gap, and that cuts across party, and that cuts across race,” Williams says. When he and his UBI partners looked at the 100 poorest congressional districts, they found they were almost evenly divided among members of the hard-line conservative Freedom Caucus and lawmakers […]

A new idea for American infrastructure

For more than a year, United by Interest — a majority-minority-owned bipartisan lobbying firm — has been working on a plan to unite the bases of both parties to rally behind an infrastructure bill that would invest in America’s poorest communities. The bill — called the Generating American Infrastructure and Income Now (GAIIN) Act — […]

Atypical Lobbying Shop Targets Lawmakers From Poorest Districts

An unlikely cast of lobbyists, odd bedfellows even by K Street’s typically bipartisan approach, has spent the past year nurturing a fledgling firm aimed at building coalitions between dyed-in-the-wool conservatives and lefty progressives on Capitol Hill. The firm, recently christened United By Interest, is so far a commercial flop, if judged solely by the number of […]

A New Corporate Lobbying Firm Is Taking Identity Politics Seriously

An unusual legislative strategy to revive an infrastructure bill is being tested in the House, with members of the Congressional Black Caucus teaming up with conservative Republicans to sign onto a new bill. The measure would raise money by selling distressed government loans on the private market, using the proceeds to pay down the deficit […]

A new way for Washington to focus on America’s poorest communities

An infrastructure bill to invest in America’s poorest communities introduced in the House last week could be a template for bridging the gap between the extremes of the two parties. Why it matters: The bill’s co-sponsors are a coalition of members from the Freedom Caucus and Congressional Black Caucus who rarely work together. And it can […]

Geduldig formalizes partnership with Democratic lobbyists

Sam Geduldig, a partner at CGCN Group, is formalizing a partnership with four Democratic lobbyists by launching a new firm called United by Interest. CGCN, a Republican lobbying shop, had struck up an informal alliance last year with several lobbyists close to the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, including Michael Williams of the Williams Group, David Morgan of D. Morgan & […]