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Industry political consulting and advertising
Founded 1982[2]
Number of locations
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Washington, D.C.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Area served
United States
Key people
John Brabender Founder
Rob Aho
Brian Nutt
Kent Gates
Hogan Gidley

BrabenderCox is a nationally recognized Republican political consulting firm, with offices in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.[3]

Founded as BrabenderCox, Inc. in 1982, BrabenderCox's Pittsburgh office is located on Mount Washington, which overlooks the skyline of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and contains a mock electric chair that was once used in a prop for a political commercial.[4]

Founder, John Brabender is managing partner and Chief Creative Officer of BrabenderCox. Brabender has been dubbed 'political guru'[5] to Rick Santorum's political career. Brabender worked five of Santorum's Pennsylvania Congressional races, starting with his first House bid in 1990 and ending with his unsuccessful Senate re-election campaign in 2006.[5] Brabender acted as Rick Santorum's senior strategist for his unsuccessful 2012 Republican Party presidential nomination bid.[5]

Charlie Cook announced that "BrabenderCox has become one of the hottest Republican media firms", and in 1995 George magazine called BrabenderCox the "premier Republican spin doctors."[6][7][8]

BrabenderCox also represents corporate clients, including the newly launched Pittsburgh Power Arena Football team. During the 2010 election cycle, BrabenderCox was successful in six of the top races across the country.[2]


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  2. ^ a b "New Jobs". Campaigns and Elections. February 2004. 
  3. ^ "Republican Dream Team". PoliticsPA. The Publius Group. 2001. Archived from the original on 2002-06-07. 
  4. ^ Green, Joshua (July–August 2004). "Dumb and Dumber: Why are campaign commercials so bad?". The Atlantic. 
  5. ^ a b c "Santorum Sticks With Trusted Strategist". Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  6. ^ Tascarella, Patty (May 5, 2000). "BrabenderCox founders go separate ways". Pittsburgh Business Times. 
  7. ^ "BrabenderCox to Split Into 2 Companies". Direct Marketing News. Haymarket Media. May 8, 2000. 
  8. ^ Zito, Salena (August 23, 2007). "BrabenderCox joins Giuliani media team". Pittsburgh Tribune Review. 

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