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  Andre Claridge Joins Capitol Group, LLC as Partner
Leading Albany Lobbying Firm Broadens Scope of Services to Include Public Affairs

Albany, NY, August 11, 2008 – Capitol Group, LLC today announced that Andre Claridge, former Vice President of Fleishman-Hillard Government Relations in Albany, NY has joined Capitol Group, LLC as a Partner.

In making the announcement, Nick Barrella, Managing Partner and Tim Sheridan, Partner, both agreed that bringing Mr. Claridge to Capitol Group gives the firm a great opportunity to continue its steady growth and broaden the scope of services that the firm currently offers to include public affairs.

“We are looking forward to working side-by-side with Andre, we’ve known him for more than ten years and have always been impressed by his strategic approach to government affairs and tireless work ethic,” said Barrella. “He brings over fifteen years of success in government, politics and business and we are thrilled that he is joining our team here at Capitol Group, LLC.”

Tim Sheridan added, “Andre’s ability to understand his client’s goals and implement a solid strategy to accomplish those goals is one of the things we truly like about Andre. He is a mission-oriented lobbying and public affairs professional and we believe these are critical assets that all our clients will benefit from.”

As a new Partner, Claridge brings solid bi-partisan relationships, a long history of success in lobbying, and a diverse public affairs background to a firm that has long been recognized as one of the premiere lobbying and government relations firms in New York State.

Mr. Claridge provides public affairs services, which includes lobbying, government affairs representation, strategic counsel, grassroots, and public relations, to various clients ranging from statewide trade and labor organizations to emerging market and Fortune 500 companies. Notable accomplishments include helping pass a tax credit law for hybrid vehicles, securing over $2 million in state and local government assistance for an economic development initiative, securing state support to aid efforts to help children with disabilities and developing a successful public affairs strategy for a health and family-oriented not-for-profit.

Mr. Claridge successfully completed the New England Senior Executives Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and holds a B.A. in Political Science from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. Mr. Claridge served in various capacities in the New York State Assembly, Senate, Department of Taxation and Finance and the Pataki administration from 1993 to 2003.

Capitol Group, LLC is one of New York’s leading full-service public affairs firms providing lobbying, government affairs representation, strategic counsel and communications services. The firm is recognized for its highly successful bi-partisan lobbying practice headed up by Nick Barrella (Managing Partner) and Tim Sheridan (Partner) and represents clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 50 Companies and small not-for profits to statewide associations.