Jeff Smith 6:35 p.m., June 27
Phoenix lobbying firm opens in San Diego -- with baggage
Ron Ober has history with DeConcini, Keating
Policy Development Group, the lobbying, public affairs and crisis communications firm based in Phoenix, has hired Paul Worlie to head its new California office in San Diego. The firm has a client list including Toyota Motor Sales and promoted the subsidized stadium of the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL.
Co-founder Ron Ober was a long-time aide to former Sen. Dennis DeConcini, who tried to keep regulators away from savings & loan swinger Charles Keating, who eventually went to prison. While an aide to DeConcini, Ober had multi-million dollar real estate deals with Keating, according to Arizona media. DeConcini claimed he didn't know about the deals.
Worlie is a former aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, as well as former senators Tom Daschle and Tim Johnson, both of South Dakota.