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.
10 N.C. political consultants you must know
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.
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.
Dee Stewart has deep connections in both Washington and Raleigh.
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.
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.
Patrick Sebastian has already worked at the highest levels of Republican campaigns.
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 now manages offices in both Charlotte and Raleigh and orchestrated the most successful constitutional amendment campaign in the last cycle.
Full guide to North Carolina political consultants
Don’t want to click around on the map? Here they are in a table.
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|Consultant||Firm||City||Top clients (current + former)||Party||Website|
|Aisha Dew||The Dew Group||Charlotte||Bernie Sanders, Vi Lyles||Democrat||https://aishadew.wixsite.com/thedewgroup|
|Andy Yates & Carolyn Justice||Red Dome Group||Cornelius||Linda Johnson, Mark Meadows, Dale Folwell, Mark Harris||Republican||https://www.reddomegroup.com/|
|April Byrd||April Byrd Consulting, ABNO Group||Huntersville||NC House Republican Caucus||Republican|
|Bob Havely, Mike Davis, and Tim McKay||OnPoint Communications||Raleigh||Jim Hunt||Democrat||http://onpointcom.floatpointmedia.com/|
|Brad Crone||Campaign Connections||Raleigh||Dan Blue, NC Association of Realtors, NC Beer & Wine Distributors||Bipartisan||http://www.campaignconnections.com/|
|Carter Wrenn||Raleigh||Jesse Helms, Lauch Faircloth, Tom Fetzer, Renee Elmers||Republican||talkingaboutpolitics.com|
|Chris Sinclair||Sinclair Public Affairs||Raleigh||Marsy's Law, Connect NC||Republican||https://sinclairpublicaffairs.com/|
|Conen Morgan||Raleigh||Bob Etheridge, NC Democratic Party||Democrat|
|Conrad Pogorzelski||Conservative Connections||Charlotte||Mark Harris||Republican||https://gopconnections.com|
|Dan McCorkle||Charlotte||Dimple Ajmera, Irwin Carmichael, Dan Clodfelter||Democrat|
|Darren Eustance||Malleus Political Strategies||Apex||NCGOP, Republican State Leadership Committee||Republican||Specialty: Opposition Research|
|Dee Stewart||The Stewart Group||Raleigh||Patrick McHenry, David Lewis||Republican||https://www.stewartgrouponline.com/|
|Doug Raymond||Campaign General||Raleigh||Tom Fetzer||Republican|
|Gary Pearce||Pearce Research Associates||Raleigh||Jim Hunt, Terry Sanford, Erskine Bowles||Democrat||talkingaboutpolitics.com|
|Greg Pizarro||Charlotte||Marc Tiegel||Democrat|
|Heather Dickson||Consilium Connect||Raleigh||Pat McCrory, NC Chamber, Marco Rubio||Republican|
|Jessica Proctor||North State Solutions||Raleigh||Mike Causey, Renee Elmers, Connect NC||Republican|
|Jim Blaine||Differentiator||Raleigh||Phil Berger||Republican||https://differentiator.com/|
|Jim Burton||Burton Research And Strategies||Chapel Hill||North Carolina House Republican Caucus||Republican|
|John Davis||Raleigh||Davis gives political updates to civic groups statewide||Nonpartisan||http://www.johndavisconsulting.com/|
|Lawrence Shaheen||Carolina Political Consulting||Charlotte||Robert Pittenger, Tariq Bokhari||Republican||http://carolinapoliticalconsulting.com/|
|Madison Shook||Shook Consulting||Raleigh||House Republican Conference||Republican|
|Mark Knoop||Victory Enterprises||Charlotte||Forward Charlotte, Edwin Peacock||Republican|
|Matt Mercer||Raleigh||Phil Berger Jr., Jeff Hunt||Republican|
|Michael Luethy||Oak Grove Campaigns||Raleigh||Buck Newton||Republican|
|Natalia Diez-Singerman||Into Office Political Consulting||Charlotte||Alma Adams, Mary Belk, Julie Eiselt||Democrat||https://www.intoofficeconsulting.com/|
|Neal Orr||ABNO Group||Huntersville||Scott Stone, Beth Cashion||Republican|
|Patrick Sebastian||Majority Strategies||Raleigh||Pat McCrory, Mitt Romney, Chris Christie||Republican||https://www.majoritystrategies.com/patrick-sebastian|
|Paul Shumaker||Capitol Communications||Raleigh||Richard Burr, Thom Tillis, Mark Martin, Cherie Berry||Republican||http://www.stratpart.com/paul-shumaker|
|Perry Woods||Perry Woods Enterprises||Raleigh||Nancy McFarlane, Chris Anglin||Democrat|
|Ronny Richardson and Tiffany Reynolds||RR Campaigns||Raleigh||Elaine Marshall, Beth Wood, Now or Never NC, North Carolina Senate Democratic Caucus||Democrat|
|Sam Spencer||First Hire Political||Charlotte||Jennifer Roberts, Alma Adams||Democrat|
|Scott Falmlen & Morgan Jackson||Nexus Strategies||Raleigh||Roy Cooper, Wiley Nickel||Democrat||http://www.nexusstrategies.com|
|Stacey Simpson||Simpson & Company, Inc.||Raleigh||Republican|
|Thomas Mills||PoliticsNC||Carrboro||John Kerry||Democrat||https://www.politicsnc.com/|
|Tim Moreland II||Quod Librum||Greensboro||Pricey Harrison||Democrat|
|Todd Batchelor||Batchelor Campaign Services||Raleigh||David Lewis||Republican|
|Tonya Jameson||Charlotte||Carol Sawyer, Spencer Merriweather, Brandon Lofton, Larken Egleston||Democrat|
|Tom Jensen||Public Policy Polling||Raleigh||Democrat||https://www.publicpolicypolling.com/|
|Walt de Vries||Wilmington||N.C. Institute of Political Leadership||Bipartisan||https://iopl.org/|
|Zach Almond||Albemarle||Richard Hudson, Todd Johnson, Thai Vang, Jerry Simpson||Republican|