Serious about running for office? Then certainly you’ve considered hiring a political consultant.

The world of North Carolina political consulting is highly dependent on networking and personal connections. We tried to peel back the curtain a bit to give you a sense of who the power players are behind the scenes.

This guide is limited to independent consultants who advise numerous campaigns on strategy, communications fundraising. This leaves out many talented political operatives, get-out-the-vote specialists and campaign managers. It also leaves out full-time staffers for the party caucuses, PACs and advocacy groups.

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10 N.C. political consultants you must know

Paul Shumaker

Paul Shumaker has a national reputation as a “data guy” who can turn campaigns. He’s worked with all of the top Republicans in North Carolina.

Paul Shumaker

Brad Crone

Brad Crone is one of the most widely respected operatives, earning praise on both sides of the aisle. He’s especially well-versed in issue campaigns but has helped roughly 400 candidates in his career.

Brad Crone

Dee Stewart

Dee Stewart has deep connections in both Washington and Raleigh.

Dee Stewart

Jim Blaine & Ray Martin

Jim Blaine was known as the “51st senator” when he worked for Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger. Now he’s leading his own shop alongside former Senate Caucus leader Ray Martin.

Jim Blaine

Andy Yates & Carolyn Justice

Their firm Red Dome Group is licking its wound right now, but they remain one of the primary firms running direct mail campaigns for Republicans statewide.

Carolyn Justice

Patrick Sebastian

Patrick Sebastian has already worked at the highest levels of Republican campaigns.

Patrick Sebastian

Jim Burton

Burton is the owner of Burton Research and Strategies and former N.C. House caucus director responsible for scores of Republican victories across North Carolina.

Chris Sinclair

Chris Sinclair now manages offices in both Charlotte and Raleigh and orchestrated the most successful constitutional amendment campaign in the last cycle.

Chris Sinclair

Full guide to North Carolina political consultants

Don’t want to click around on the map? Here they are in a table.

Did we mis somebody? Let me know:

ConsultantFirmCityTop clients (current + former)PartyWebsite
Aisha DewThe Dew GroupCharlotteBernie Sanders, Vi LylesDemocrat
Andy Yates & Carolyn JusticeRed Dome GroupCorneliusLinda Johnson, Mark Meadows, Dale Folwell, Mark HarrisRepublican
April ByrdApril Byrd Consulting, ABNO GroupHuntersvilleNC House Republican CaucusRepublican
Bob Havely, Mike Davis, and Tim McKayOnPoint CommunicationsRaleighJim HuntDemocrat
Brad CroneCampaign ConnectionsRaleighDan Blue, NC Association of Realtors, NC Beer & Wine DistributorsBipartisan
Carter WrennRaleighJesse Helms, Lauch Faircloth, Tom Fetzer, Renee
Chris SinclairSinclair Public AffairsRaleighMarsy's Law, Connect NCRepublican
Conen MorganRaleighBob Etheridge, NC Democratic PartyDemocrat
Conrad PogorzelskiConservative ConnectionsCharlotteMark HarrisRepublican
Dan McCorkleCharlotteDimple Ajmera, Irwin Carmichael, Dan ClodfelterDemocrat
Darren EustanceMalleus Political StrategiesApexNCGOP, Republican State Leadership CommitteeRepublicanSpecialty: Opposition Research
Dee StewartThe Stewart GroupRaleighPatrick McHenry, David LewisRepublican
Doug RaymondCampaign GeneralRaleighTom FetzerRepublican
Gary PearcePearce Research AssociatesRaleighJim Hunt, Terry Sanford, Erskine
Greg PizarroCharlotteMarc TiegelDemocrat
Heather DicksonConsilium ConnectRaleighPat McCrory, NC Chamber, Marco RubioRepublican
Jessica ProctorNorth State SolutionsRaleighMike Causey, Renee Elmers, Connect NCRepublican
Jim BlaineDifferentiatorRaleighPhil BergerRepublican
Jim BurtonBurton Research And StrategiesChapel HillNorth Carolina House Republican CaucusRepublican
John DavisRaleighDavis gives political updates to civic groups statewideNonpartisan
Lawrence ShaheenCarolina Political ConsultingCharlotteRobert Pittenger, Tariq BokhariRepublican
Madison ShookShook ConsultingRaleighHouse Republican ConferenceRepublican
Mark KnoopVictory EnterprisesCharlotteForward Charlotte, Edwin PeacockRepublican
Matt MercerRaleighPhil Berger Jr., Jeff HuntRepublican
Michael LuethyOak Grove CampaignsRaleighBuck NewtonRepublican
Natalia Diez-SingermanInto Office Political ConsultingCharlotteAlma Adams, Mary Belk, Julie EiseltDemocrat
Neal OrrABNO GroupHuntersvilleScott Stone, Beth CashionRepublican
Patrick SebastianMajority StrategiesRaleighPat McCrory, Mitt Romney, Chris ChristieRepublican
Paul ShumakerCapitol CommunicationsRaleighRichard Burr, Thom Tillis, Mark Martin, Cherie BerryRepublican
Perry WoodsPerry Woods EnterprisesRaleighNancy McFarlane, Chris AnglinDemocrat
Ronny Richardson and Tiffany ReynoldsRR CampaignsRaleighElaine Marshall, Beth Wood, Now or Never NC, North Carolina Senate Democratic CaucusDemocrat
Sam SpencerFirst Hire PoliticalCharlotteJennifer Roberts, Alma AdamsDemocrat
Scott Falmlen & Morgan JacksonNexus StrategiesRaleighRoy Cooper, Wiley NickelDemocrat
Stacey SimpsonSimpson & Company, Inc.RaleighRepublican
Thomas MillsPoliticsNCCarrboroJohn KerryDemocrat
Tim Moreland IIQuod LibrumGreensboroPricey HarrisonDemocrat
Todd BatchelorBatchelor Campaign ServicesRaleighDavid LewisRepublican
Tonya JamesonCharlotteCarol Sawyer, Spencer Merriweather, Brandon Lofton, Larken EglestonDemocrat
Tom JensenPublic Policy PollingRaleighDemocrat
Walt de VriesWilmingtonN.C. Institute of Political Leadership Bipartisan
Zach AlmondAlbemarleRichard Hudson, Todd Johnson, Thai Vang, Jerry SimpsonRepublican


  1. This list is a who’s who of the tallest midgets when it comes to consultants.

    These consultants run one-man or at best two-man shops with amateurs and claim they are experts when the reality is they put together half assed campaigns for their clients and rob them blind.Clients of each one of these consultants complain about their lack of skills and attention to their campaigns. Not to mention the Red Dome Group currently being part of a campaign that is under investigation.

    If NC politicos want to move into the 21st century they need to start looking outside this state at legitimate consultants.


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