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Major Dem fundraiser closes lobby shop

Veteran lobbyist and prolific Democratic fundraiser Julie Domenick has informed her clients that she will be closing her lobby shop next year.

“I'm shuttering my practice at the end of January. And I want you to know before you hear about it otherwise,” she told her contacts in an email Tuesday that was obtained by The Hill.

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Domenick said she plans to move to Florida and teach English to the children of immigrant workers. But she also hinted that her involvement in politics isn’t over.

“If HRC [Hillary Clinton] decides to run [for president in 2016].... Well, I'm on it!  If you are in Naples, [Fla.], y'all give a holler,” she wrote.

After managing congressional and regulatory contacts for the Investment Company Institute, Domenick expanded the government relations practice for law firm Loeffler Jonas & Tuggey before starting her own firm, Multiple Strategies, in 2007.

She was the sole lobbyist at the firm, which has earned about $3.7 million in revenues during its existence, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics.

Her clients have included Comcast, the French life insurance company AXA and her former employer, the Investment Company Institute, lobbying records show.

Domenick has also been an active player in Democratic politics, holding at least 49 fundraisers at her Capitol Hill home since 2006, according to a database of party invitations compiled by the Sunlight Foundation.

Domenick started out as a Democratic congressional aide, moving to D.C. “very young and naive, in a navy blue suit, pearl earrings, a poufy hair­do and proper heels,” she said in the email, adding that she had originally set out to be an English and Spanish teacher.

As to why she’s closing her shop, Domenick said: “It’s just time.”

“I stayed longer than I ever thought I would and I'm itching for something new,” she writes. “As you might expect, I'm not riding off into the sunset. Nor am I destined for a life of golf and bridge.”

Though her firm had considerable revenues for a single-person shop, they had been on a steady decline since 2009, after reaching peak annual earnings of $753,500 that year.

“I'm going to enjoy this next phase of my life in the right way ­­­with plenty of linguine con vongolo, red wine and grilled lamb chops ­­­ in Italy (home of my immigrant grandparents) and in Naples, Florida, where I will be one more Democratic voter,” Domenick said.