US Elections, Political Communications and Lobbying the New Administration


ach election cycle has a profound effect on the conduct of political communications and the practice of public affairs in its aftermath. On May 18 you will be able to hear, firsthand how the developments in communication and the learnings from the 2016 US Elections, will impact future elections and political communication in general, from Mark Harris.

Mark was a strategic consultant to Senator Pat Toomey’s re-election in Pennsylvania in October, one of the closest fought and expensive US Senate elections.
His consultancy ColdSpark counts Senator Marco Rubio, as well as Congressmen John Faso, Alex Mooney, Tim Murphy and Scott Perry among its client list.

At our Second Annual Public Affairs conference Mark will share his experience of the recent US Election campaigns and the developments they brought in communications. He will also look at how lobbyists are adapting to the new realpolitique of the Trump Administration.

Date:      18 May 2017
Venue:   Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
Tickets:  PRII Members - €135  Non-members - €190
The conference will hear speakers from Ireland, Europe and the USA speaking on the issues shaping the world in which public affairs practitioners operate. It will also feature  a panel discussion on What Makes a Good Oireachtas Committee Appearancee?  Along with a separate discussion on how is Brexit is shaping public affairs activity in London, Brussels and Dublin? The conference will be chaired by Hugh O’Connell of the Sunday Business Post.
Book your place here.
About Mark Harris:

Just days after completing his studies at The George Washington University, Mark Harris was on the ballot, ousting an incumbent state House member in the primary and standing for election at the age of 22. While he didn’t become State Rep. Mark Harris, he did become one of the most sought-after consultants in Pennsylvania, guiding the campaigns of U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, and a gallery of candidates up and down the ballot across the nation.

In 2011, Mark co-founded ColdSpark in his native Pittsburgh, where he presides over a growing cast of office characters from a range of backgrounds. Mark’s reputation is that of a numbers-driven political analyst, always in search of empirical evidence that a strategy works. The results: a catalogue of success for conservative candidates and a growing consulting firm.

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