WASHINGTON--David Axelrod is severing the ties to his two Chicago based firms, AKP&D, the political media and message company and ASK Public Strategies, issue management consultants, in preparation for his appointment as a top White House advisor to President elect Barack Obama.
"We'll have an announcement shortly," Axelrod told me. "But the firm is going to continue." Axelrod, the senior strategist in Obama's presidential campaign founded the political firm in 1985; Obama campaign manager David Plouffe is one of his partners.
Plouffe, said Axelrod, "continues to be affiliated with the firm and there will be others joining the firm. So the firm is going to do well."
AKP& D partners are Axelrod, John Kupper, Plouffe, and John Del Cecato.
ASK Public Strategies partners are Axelrod, Eric Sedler and Kupper. Among their clients: the University of Chicago Medical Center.