Meet the real face of Mississippi government: Frontier Strategies. Frontier is rapidly becoming the gatekeeper for all things political in Mississippi, as it lands state contracts and lobbies for clients while serving as Governor Phil Bryant’s campaign manager. The chart below shows the breadth of the Frontier wingspan. The company was formed by politicos Josh Gregory and Quenton Dickerson in 2003.
Frontier’s fortune seems to be tied to Governor Phil Bryant. As the Governor prospers, so has Frontier. Reminds one of the saying in Excalibur about King Arthur, “As you grow so will the land”, OR in this case, as Phil Bryant’s fortunes grow, so will those of Frontier. The number of Frontier clients more than doubled each time Phil Bryant climbed the political ladder. State agencies, registered lobbying clients, it didn’t matter. The number continued to grow each time Phil Bryant assumed a different office.
Frontier first appeared on the political radar in 2005 when Haley Barbour became Governor. Frontier promptly won a major tourism advertising contract from the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA). The contract has provided $16,468,288 in gross revenue to Frontier since 2005.* MDA was the only state contract held by Frontier until 2009 when the state spigots started to open for the company. The same year Phil Bryant assumed the office of Lieutenant Governor, Frontier began to obtain contracts for either advertising or website design from various state agencies. What began as one state client in 2005 grew to four in 2009 and eight in 2013. The revenue from state agencies reflects this trend:
Annual gross revenue from state agencies
# of state clients
Managing the career of Governor Bryant has been profitable for Frontier as well.*** Governor Bryant’s campaign finance reports state his campaign fund paid $1,026,292 to Frontier since 2007. Election years are highlighted.
Then there is Alpha Golf Aviation. Mr. Gregory owns this company that just happens to own an airplane. The Governor paid Alpha Golf $87,690 since 2009 for the right to be privately flown around the state. Remember this little item from the Clarion-Ledger last year:
The first-term governor’s spending on travel in his first full budget year was about $130,000 less than that of his predecessor, former Gov. Haley Barbour, in his last full budget year as he made many out-of-state trips while exploring the possibility of a 2012 presidential run.
In addition to selling the state’s jet for $2 million, Bryant has taken approximately five commercial flights as a means to cut back on travel expenses since taking office in January 2012.
“Not only has he ridden commercial, but he has raised private dollars to pay for the travel and not at the expense of the taxpayers,” Bryant’s spokesman Mick Bullock said.
Now this is some good outsourcing. Sell the plane. Raise campaign dollars. Use said dollars to pay for flights. Use the Ayatollahs money to fight the commies in Nicaragua or something along those lines as this post just went Dennis Miller. It can happen when one gets carried away into a literary loop.
Campaign money. Taxpayer money. Is there more? Why yes there is: Lobbying money. Josh Gregory and Quinton Dickerson have also built up a nice stable of lobbying clients while lassoing state contracts and managing campaigns. The last annual reported compensation is listed next to the client. The fees are listed as “evenly split” where both partners received compensation. Some clients do not list any compensation. These clients are gleaned from the Secretary of State’s website.
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www.kingfish1935.blogspot.com | Jackson Jambalaya | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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