Don Bauder 5:40 p.m., Sept. 15
Fabiani Is Principal in New Consulting Firm Featuring Both Republicans and Democrats
Political consultants who have furiously battled each other for years have founded a new consulting firm, LFM campaigns, in Sacramento, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Mark Fabiani, former special counsel to President Clinton and deputy campaign manager for Gore-Lieberman in 2000, represents the "F" in LFM. He is the lawyer and spokesman in the Chargers's efforts to get a subsidized stadium in San Diego. Republican principals in the firm will be Steve Schmidt, senior strategist for both the 2008 McCain and 2004 Bush campaigns; Adam Mendelsohn, former communications director for Gov. Schwarzenegger, and Brian Jones, communications director for McCain last year. Other Democratic principals include Chris Lehane, former Clinton spokesman, and Averell "Ace" Smith, a researcher who has worked against both Schwarzenegger and McCain.