One floor above a shuttered credit union branch in downtown Harrisburg, leading political minds are coordinating campaign events and advising candidates on final messaging efforts to reach voters before the fall election.
That second-floor office in a nondescript building at 403 N. Second St. houses not one but four intertwined businesses that provide everything from campaign consulting and fundraising for politics and nonprofit organizations to government relations and lobbying for issue-based groups.
There also is an in-house design studio that processed about 1,000 campaign mailers this year.
Much of that work is for some of the Republican Party’s top elected officials at the state and federal levels, including gubernatorial candidates, spanning 11 states this election cycle.
“I raise it, he spends it,” said Jen, the daughter of Mark Holman, a longtime senior adviser and business partner of former Gov. Tom Ridge.
At last count, their database had nearly 250 clients, many recurring. That included about 100 political races and advocacy campaigns in this last cycle alone.
“It never stops,” Jen said in early October, with Ray running late after being called to the Senate to discuss a ride-sharing bill involving the firm’s client, Uber. Meanwhile, she was in “crunch time” with the coordination of candidate fundraisers and donor meetings, working to maximize campaign funds for Republican candidates.
The summer acquisition of Pathfinder Communications has only bolstered the Zaborneys’ stock in GOP circles. Their staff has grown to 18 people from three over the last four years.
Red Maverick now has offices in Malvern, Washington, D.C., and Portland, Maine.