Former Sanders aides launch consulting firm

Former Sanders aides launch consulting firm
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Two staffers from Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Overnight Health Care: Top health official defends contract payments to Trump allies | Vaping advocates confident Trump will turn from flavor ban | Sanders gets endorsement from nurses union Krystal Ball credits Gabbard's upswing in 2020 race to 'feckless' Democratic establishment MORE’s (I-Vt.) 2016 presidential campaign launched a consulting firm Monday, saying they are "primarying the consultant class” and will provide services to “people working to make radical change.” 

Karthik Ganapathy and Mike Casca launched MVMT Communications, a Washington-based firm that will focus on media relations, message development, crisis management, strategy consulting, speech writing and media training.

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Ganapathy was the battleground states communications director for Sanders and led the New Hampshire communications team. Casca was the rapid response director for Sanders and later was deputy communications director in his Senate office.

“We're doing this because the consultant class is a big part of what's so broken within the Democratic Party, and it's due for a competitive primary," the two co-founders wrote in an email to The Hill on Monday. "For too long, even left-leaning consultants have been happy to build big business empires with cash from huge corporate clients, even those that profited from the destruction of our planet. That needs to end."

“In this political moment, when working people across the country are fed up with a broken status quo, values-driven help should be available to activists, first-time candidates, and social change leaders stepping up to fight for real progress,” they added.

After the 2016 election, Ganapathy worked for the American Civil Liberties Union, 350.org and was head of communications for then-Democratic National Committee deputy chairman Keith EllisonKeith Maurice EllisonProgressives ramp up fight against Facebook Judge threatens to put prison officials in same uncooled cells as inmates Minnesota students file federal lawsuit against school district alleging 'deliberate indifference' to racist incidents MORE. He started his political career as an aide to Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioDe Blasio slams Bloomberg run for president: He 'epitomizes the status quo' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Washington braces for public impeachment hearings Trump NYC Veterans Day speech met with protests MORE before de Blasio became mayor of New York.

Casca was communications director for de Blasio in his mayor’s office after the 2016 election and later became communications strategist for de Blasio’s Fairness PAC. He has also served as communications director for Ellison when he was part of the Minnesota delegation in the House.