New Dem Campaign Firm Opens in Harrisburg
By Keegan Gibson, Managing Editor
Political operatives Brad Koplinski, Eric Nagy and Dan Hartman have managed their share of campaigns across Pennsylvania. Now they’re launching Penn Blue Strategies, which will work with Democratic campaigns, non-profits, and other groups.
The three have served in a variety of positions on dozens of federal, state and local races and have partnered in the past.
“I’m very excited about this venture. We know every corner of the state and can help candidates at every level,” said Koplinski, a Harrisburg City Councilman who recently managed Kathryn Boockvar’s campaign for Pa. Commonwealth Court.
PoliticsPA named Koplinksi one of Pa.’s Top Political Operatives in 2010; he has worked for Arlen Specter, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. He has also done work with the Pa. Democratic Party.
Nagy managed Rep. Tim Holden’s 2010 re-elect as well as the 2011 Democratic ticket in Bucks County and multiple state house races, including the 2008 bids of Reps. Paul Drucker and Tim Seip.
“Penn Blue has a level of knowledge about the Commonwealth and its voters that is hard to match,” he said. “With resources being as scarce as ever, being able to offer these services individually or in a package will benefit candidates even more.”
Hartman has spent over a decade running field operations and directing hard hitting opposition research for large and small campaigns throughout the country. Holden’s field program race last cycle was rated top in the country by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
“Pennsylvania is really five or six states in one and it is vital to know the electorate, their values and how they vote. We know the people of the Commonwealth,” he said.
Hartman and Nagy were each named to PoliticsPA’s Rising Stars: 30 Under 30 list of political operatives in 2011.
The firm will be based in downtown Harrisburg and offer a variety of services, including campaign management, field, research, compliance, direct mail, and polling.