GOP operative joins pet lobby

A former GOP operative is in K Street’s doghouse, joining the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) as its vice president of government affairs.

Mike Bober left his spot at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) to be the top lobbyist for the industry group, which represents pet owners and companies. It counts PETCO among its members.

“We are delighted that someone of Mike’s caliber would consider joining PIJAC and enhance our efforts to enlarge society’s meaningful relationship with pet animals,” said Mike Canning, the group’s president and chief executive, in a statement.

Bober worked as the NRCC’s coalitions director, reaching outside of the organization to get support on the state and federal level for group’s initiatives. The group amassed almost $118 million in contributions during the 2012 elections.

“I look forward to working with PIJAC on issues affecting the pet industry at all levels of government. This is an industry that contributes more than $50 billion to the American economy and I welcome the opportunity to help tell their story,” Bober said in a release.

He has also served as the executive director of the House Conservatives Fund, a political action committee affiliated with Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) that raised more than $1 million while Bober was on staff to support and elect “strong conservatives.”

He will begin his new job on Aug. 1.