Ex-AIC spokesman leaves Koch for lobbyists CGCN

  • Spain was previously MD, Corporate Communications & External Affairs at Koch Industries
  • Spain joined CGCN in September to run their communications practice
  • Spain spent four years at the Private Equity Council

Ken Spain, the former spokesman for the American Investment Council (formerly the Private Equity Growth Capital Council), joined the GOP lobbying firm CGCN Group as a partner.

The Washington firm recently started up a communications practice, which Spain is running along with Patrick O’Connor, a former Wall Street Journal journalist. O’Connor is also a partner, Spain said via email.

Spain joined CGCN in September. The move came after he spent nearly two years at Koch Industries, the energy and chemical company led by brothers Charles and David Koch. Spain most recently was managing director for corporate communications and external affairs at Koch.

Spain is known for his time at the AIC, where he was chief spokesman for more than four years. The group counts many of the PE industry’s most prominent firms among its members.

The PEGCC was originally called the Private Equity Council; it changed its name in 2010 and again in May to the American Investment Council.

Spain managed PEC’s communication team during and after the 2012 presidential election. At that time, Mitt Romney, a Bain Capital co-founder, made an unsuccessful run for the U.S. presidency.

CGCN has grown exponentially since the Republican Party took over Congress in 2010, Politico reported. The firm hired John Stipicevic, a former top aide to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, in 2015. CGCN clients include Microsoft, Bloomberg and Prudential.

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