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Jan. 26, 2023

Exploring the role of PACs with Micaela Isler, Executive Director of …

The Executive Director of the National Association of Business Political Action Committees, Micaela Isler, breaks down what PACs are, how they represent the voices of hundreds - even thousands - of like-minded individuals in ...

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Jan. 19, 2023

Episode 8 Preview

Next week, 80-Proof Politics returns to its regular schedule with a fascinating conversation with Micaela Isler, Executive Director of the National Association of Business PACs. Here's a sneak peek into that episode. Thanks ...

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Jan. 12, 2023

Ep. 3.7 - Bringing Congress into the 21st Century with Jen Daulby, Ch…

Indigov Chief of Staff - and former House Admin Chief - Jen Daulby on making Congress work better and how you prepare the Capitol for an Inauguration 14 days after an insurrecrtion.

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Jan. 5, 2023

Behind the Curtain - Now What?

How will official Washington respond to the collapsed house of cards that once was FTX and SBF? What happens to the millions he and his colleagues contributed to political campaigns? Will crypto ever be sexy again inside the ...

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Dec. 29, 2022

Behind the Curtain - The Playbook

It's not that FTX and Bankman-Fried created an entirely new approach to federal advocacy. They literally used every page in the playbook while spending over $200M inside the Beltway. What they did was run a massively accelera...

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Dec. 22, 2022

Behind the Curtain - Players Need a Goal

Imagine if you will that you decide to spend $200 In Washington to become a "player." You'd expect some sort of favorable outcome, wouldn't you? Bankman-Fried and FTX sure did. Episode 2 of 80-Proof Politics Behind the Cur...

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Dec. 15, 2022

Behind the Curtain - Becoming a DC Player

We're kicking off a new partnership with Evergreen Podcasts with a special four-part mini series called: 80-Proof Politics Behind the Curtain . In episode 1 I ask the question, "What would you do if you had $3million to spen...

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Dec. 1, 2022

Season 3 Teaser

There’s exciting news about the future of 80-Proof Politics (cue “The Jeffersons” theme song…). Stay tuned for the big announcement, but in the meantime here’s a taste of the upcoming season.

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Jan. 10, 2022

Ep. 3.1 - Navigating DC with a swamp pilot: Keeping the "why" in focu…

Welcome back! After nearly eighteen months on the social distancing lam, 80-Proof Politics is back with episode 1 of season 3. Longtime distilled spirits lobbyist, Mike Bertman tells us about why he is now betting on himself ...

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July 28, 2020

Ep 2.6 - Remotely conversing with former longtime higher ed advocate …

Fresh from the campaign trail in his home state of Arizona - and having his beer delivered to his doorstep during this time of shelter-in-place - Shay Stautz talks about his years as a higher education lobbyist, how he transl...

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May 20, 2020

Ep. 2.5 - Drinking Alone: Advocacy in the Time of Coronavirus

In this special edition of 80-Proof Politics, we touch base virtually with a few of our previous Guestperts to see how they are adjusting a profession built on personal relationships and interpersonal communications to an era...

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April 27, 2020

Ep. 2.4 - Matthew Cornelius, Executive Director of the Alliance for D…

From telling federal agency personnel why they can't to now showing them why they should, Matthew Cornelius - three months into his role as Executive Director of the Alliance for Digital Innovation - joins 80-Proof at Lost & ...

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April 11, 2020

Ep. 2.3 - Having cut his teeth with Bobby Kennedy at the DoJ and his …

Arnie Fege and I sit down for a pre-quarantine conversation and drink at The Hamilton to discuss his rich experience in Washington, and how his formative policy years with one of the true leaders of the '60s led him to …

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Feb. 23, 2020

Ep. 2.2 - Learning to connect before you communicate with Mark Bayer,…

Mark Bayer, President of Bayer Strategic Consulting, host of "When Science Speaks," and self-proclaimed persuasion nerd explains why it's important to connect before you communicate. He joins us at Siné Irish Pub in Arlington...

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Feb. 11, 2020

Ep. 2.1 - Kicking off Season 2 with Josh Martin - VP Government Affai…

We open Season 2 of 80-Proof segment by introducing a new feature we call NextGen Advocates with Josh Martin, VP Government Affairs - American Defense International. And what better place to share his story of nearly twenty y...

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Oct. 15, 2019

Ep. 16 - From parking lot attendant to WH Counselor to the President.…

We put the wraps on Season 1 with Ed Gillespie, Chairman, SVC Public Affairs. From Senate parking lot attendant to WH Counselor to the President with a few political and advocacy stops along the way, Ed has lobbied and been …

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Sept. 30, 2019

Ep. 15 - Applying strategic public affairs to regulatory actions and …

In the second of our final three-part series on applying strategic communications, Stuart Roy, President - Strategic Action Public Affairs , adds the unique perspective of creating support for clients who face regulatory acti...

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Sept. 23, 2019

Ep. 14 - Tackling the fear of dealing with the media at the Boxcar Ta…

In episode 14 of 80-Proof Politics, we're joined by John Feehery, Partner with EFB Advocacy, at The Boxcar Tavern . John talks about how his rich history of working for the Speaker of the House, other politic leaders, and ev...

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Sept. 15, 2019

Ep. 13 - Brenda Becker, Sr VP Global Government Affairs with Boston S…

From a state association to the White House, Brenda Becker of Boston Scientific tells us why she always wanted to be a lobbyist and why social media is the toilet bowl of the internet.

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Sept. 2, 2019

Ep. 12 - Talking campaign work and crisis management with Matt Miller…

Matt Miller started as a 16-yr old page on Capitol Hill and worked his way through several state and federal campaigns before becoming the spokesman for A.G. Eric Holder the Obama Department of Justice. He joins me at Foundi...

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Aug. 19, 2019

Ep. 11 - Lobbying DC from the West Coast. Jennifer Poulakidas of UCLA…

Our Guestpert for episode 11 is Jennifer Poulakidas, Assoc. Vice Chancellor for Government and Community Relations with UCLA. Jenn recently moved to L.A. after a long successful advocacy career in DC, and tells us about lobby...

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Aug. 13, 2019

Ep. 10 - Making a 34-year advocacy career at one company with Kent We…

Counter to the 80-Proof adage that DC thrives on very diverse resumes, we revisit an old haunt, Cactus Cantina, with Kent Wells who talks about his 34 years with AT&T, how technology may change but certain lobbying techniques...

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July 29, 2019

Ep. 9 - Chatting with The Queen of the Internet, Shane Tews, at Equin…

In episode 9 of 80-Proof Politics, I’m joined by Shane Tews - President of Logan Circle Strategies at one of the consistently top-rated restaurants in DC, Equinox . Shane shares her experiences in campaign work, representing...

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July 21, 2019

Ep. 8 - The world of healthcare policy with Jim Smith, President of T…

In episode 8 of 80-Proof Politics, Jim Smith - President of Potomac Policy Group - joins me at the heart of Irish hospitality, The Dubliner. He talks about the enormity and depth of the healthcare policy world in Washington,...

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