Cassidy & Associates

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Cassidy & Associates is a government-relations firm based in Washington, D.C.. In 2007, The Washington Post reported, "Cassidy helped invent the new Washington," and was "creator and proprietor of the most lucrative lobbying firm in Washington." Kai Anderson, former Deputy Chief of Staff to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, serves as the firm's CEO, and Barry Rhoads, former Deputy General Counsel to the 1991 Department of Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC), serves as its chairman. [1] In 2015, the firm's founder and namesake, Gerald S. J. Cassidy, stepped down after 38 years of leading the firm.

The firm reported earning $12.85 million in 2015, according to records filed under the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA) with the Secretary of the U.S. Senate and Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives.

In 2017, the Associated Press reported that the firm had been hired by the Egyptian intelligence services.[2] In late February, the U.S. State Department cataloged human rights abuses in Egypt in its annual report. The Egyptian government hired Cassidy & Associates and its parent company Weber Shandwick to improve Egypt's image in the United States.

In June 2017, Cassidy announced a management buyout from The Interpublic Group (IPG), returning it to an independent firm.[3]


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