Sen. Claire McCaskill (D., Mo.) has labored to distance her political profession from her husband’s funding profession, particularly when it is negatively spotlighted within the press, however her husband’s funding firm now employs McCaskill’s former marketing campaign spokesman to deal with its press.
The wealth of McCaskill’s husband, Joseph Shepard, has lengthy induced political issues for the senator, most not too long ago on Tuesday when the Kansas Metropolis Star reported that his companies had obtained $131 million in federal subsidies since McCaskill took workplace in 2007. Final month the report was that Shepard had tens of millions of invested in a hedge fund utilizing offshore tax havens.
McCaskill has responded to tales on Shepard’s investments by saying she has no involvement in them, however in an obvious effort to mitigate harm to McCaskill’s reelection effort, Shepard’s firm Sugar Creek has introduced within the political marketing consultant who helped McCaskill first get elected to the Senate in 2006 to deal with its harm management efforts.
Tony Wyche is president of Soapbox, a public relations and political consulting firm primarily based in Missouri that also lists McCaskill as its high political shopper. His LinkedIn résumé reveals an extended observe file of labor in Democratic politics, together with two-year stints as communications director for the Missouri Democratic Occasion and deputy press secretary for the Democratic Nationwide Committee. His firm was paid $44,500 by McCaskill’s 2006 marketing campaign, all through which he was quoted as her spokesman.
Wyche was first quoted as a spokesman for Shepard’s firm in Might. He’s quoted all through Tuesday’s report on the federal subsidies obtained by Shepard’s corporations.
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