Lobbyist opens Washington office for W.Va. ad agency

Mike Fulton has opened up a Washington office for The Arnold Agency.

The company, based in Charleston, W.Va., specializes in advertising and public and government relations. Formerly executive vice president at GolinHarris, Fulton was the head of the firm’s government relations practice there before coming to Arnold. 

Fulton told The Hill that he has known the executives at Arnold for years. 

“I have known the people for decades and we actually used them in my previous employment. It’s a group I know and trust,” Fulton said. “I’m delighted to come back home a bit and work more with West Virginia companies and associations, to be more engaged in my home state.”

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Fulton said he already has four clients from his time at GolinHarris joining him at Arnold. Those clients are the National Insulation Association, Northampton Community College, Southeast Missouri State University and Education is Freedom, a Dallas-based nonprofit group, according to Fulton.

Linda Arnold, the firm’s chairman and CEO, said Fulton’s “vast experience” in lobbying will help the agency.

“Mike’s vast experience in government relations and public affairs will strongly complement and enhance our company’s services to clients in various states,” Arnold said in a statement. “As a native West Virginian who has spent the past 30 years in Washington, Mike brings the best of both worlds to The Arnold Agency.”

Before joining GolinHarris, Fulton worked on Capitol Hill as an aide to former Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.) and his father, the late Rep. Bob Mollohan (D-W.Va.). The lobbyist is well-versed in the appropriations process and sits on the board of directors for the American League of Lobbyists.