Wayne Berman

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Wayne Berman
Born (1956-11-08) November 8, 1956 (age 61)
Rochester, New York, U.S.
Education State University of New York,
Georgetown University
Political party Republican

Wayne Lee Berman is an American businessman and former lobbyist. He currently works for the Blackstone Group.[1] He was formerly the chairman of Ogilvy Government Relations, a division of Ogilvy & Mather.[2] Berman is considered a key figure in Republican political advocacy who served as a senior advisor on the 2000 and 2004 Bush-Cheney campaigns, Finance Chairman of the 2008 John McCain presidential campaign, and Chairman of Marco Rubio's 2016 presidential campaign.

Berman, a native of Rochester, New York, is married to Lea Berman, who served as the Social Secretary and Special Assistant to the President under George W. Bush and prior to that, served as chief-of-staff for Dick Cheney's wife, Lynne Cheney.[3]

Berman was a close friend of Senator John McCain and a supporter of his during his 2008 presidential campaign. In October 2008, Berman made an anonymous comment to the press calling Sarah Palin, McCain's vice presidential nominee, a "diva". The quote received considerable media attention and infuriated Palin and others within the campaign.[4]


  1. ^ "Prominent GOP lobbyist leaves Ogilvy for private-equity firm". Thehill.com. June 21, 2012. Retrieved April 9, 2017. Berman to Blackstone 
  2. ^ Ogilvy Biography: Wayne L. Berman
  3. ^ LittleSis profile: Lea Berman
  4. ^ Heilemann, John; Halperin, Mark (January 11, 2010). "Seconds in Command". Game Change. HarperCollins. pp. 414–415. ISBN 978-0-06-196620-0. 

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