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Change to Win Hires New Issues Campaign Director

Monday, March 6, 2006

Frank Clemente, Former Director of Congress Watch, Joins New Labor Federation To Build an America that Works for Everyone

Washington, D.C. - Change to Win labor federation executive director Greg Tarpinian today announced that Frank Clemente, director of Public Citizen's Congress Watch since 1996, has joined the staff of Change to Win as its issues campaign director. In that capacity, Clemente will help build long-range campaigns on health care reform, retirement security, and other key issues of concern to working families.

At Public Citizen, Clemente served as chief strategist for multi-faceted legislative campaigns on campaign finance and lobbying reform, health care issues, regulatory safety issues, and tort "reform." Under his leadership, Public Citizen developed a major investigative research capacity and produced more than 100 investigative and policy reports.

Among Clemente's previous jobs, he served as senior policy advisor to the U.S. House Government Reform Committee (formerly the Committee on Government Operations) under chairman John Conyers, Jr., and as issues director for the 1988 presidential campaign of Jesse Jackson. He is also the editor of Keep Hope Alive: Jesse Jackson's 1988 Presidential Campaign, a 256-page book of speeches, position papers and political analysis.

Tarpinian said "We are excited to have someone of Frank's experience and commitment to social and economic justice. He brings tremendous capacity to help achieve our goals of renewing hope, opportunity, and prosperity for American workers and their families."

Carole Florman, 202.721.6045 direct or 202.262.1513 mobile

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