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Monday, January 17, 2011

Public Affairs Company and Winning Strategies LLC launch joint venture in Minnesota

Public Affairs Company CEO Steve Knuth is pleased to announce a new partnership with long time Minnesota political operative Tony Sutton of Winning Strategies LLC. This joint venture comes on the heels of a new political landscape in the state and greater need within the business community for leadership and experience with public relations advocacy.

Public Affairs Company, in its eleventh year of business in Minnesota , is a nationally recognized government relations firm specializing in grassroots advocacy and media relations.

“We have been meeting the needs of our clients for more than a decade. Large or small we have organized grassroots campaigns, handled media relations, and helped dozens of clients navigate challenging political landscapes,” said Public Affairs Company founder and CEO Steve Knuth . “We are excited to be working with Tony Sutton, a seasoned political operative who will bring his knowledge, enthusiasm and wide range of contacts to the Public Affairs Company team.”

Recently, Tony Sutton served as chairman of the Minnesota Republican Party in a year when both chambers of the legislature had historic gains, with the state GOP taking control of both bodies for the first time in almost forty years. Sutton has decades of political experience and years of doing work in Minnesota ; from grassroots outreach to working with political candidates and members of congress, he has established a reputation that demands respect.

“I’m elated to be joining with such a reliable Minnesota firm to continue advocating for the issues that will make Minnesota a great place to work and live,” said Tony Sutton the founder and CEO of Winning Strategies LLC. “ Steve Knuth and his team have developed strong relationships and represented their clients well. I look forward to the work we can do together on behalf of our clients.”

Public Affairs Company has offices in Minneapolis , Minnesota , Sioux Falls , South Dakota and Washington , DC . In 2010 it was ranked in the top five PR firms by both the Twin Cities Business Magazine and the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal. Its staff has significant expertise and experience in grassroots and issue management campaigns. PAC’s clients range from Fortune 500 companies to national trade association to small not-for-profits. Over the past decade, PAC has engaged on a wide array of issues and public policy debates.
Winning Strategies LLC was founded by Tony Sutton and will serve as a grassroots advocacy firm. Tony Sutton has been a longtime activist in the Republican Party of Minnesota. His involvement dates back to 1984 dropping literature in Hibbing on Minnesota ’s Iron Range for Rudy Boschwitz and Ronald Reagan. Sutton later served in various leadership capacities at the local, congressional district and state levels. In addition to volunteer activities Sutton has also served the state GOP in many professional roles including Executive Director and later as the General Consultant to the State Party. Sutton is currently the Chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota. 

Sutton was appointed Deputy State Auditor for the State of Minnesota by State Auditor Pat Anderson in January 2003. He is also the former CEO of Baja Sol Restaurants Group.