For-profit

Karl Frisch Associates

Location:

Washington, DC

Type:

Political Consulting Firm

Status:

Defunct

Principal:

Karl Frisch

Formation:

June 2014

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Karl Frisch Associates (KFA) was a for-profit consulting firm owned and operated by left-of-center activist and Democratic operative Karl Frisch that existed from 2014 to 2015. 1 KFA’s clients included the New Venture Fund (NVF), the largest nonprofit managed by the left-of-center “dark money” consulting company Arabella Advisors. 2  3

Frisch is a longtime Democratic Party operative with experience working at left-of-center organizations such as Allied Progress, Media Matters, and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC). 4 5 6 7

History

Karl Frisch founded Karl Frisch Associates in the summer of 2014 after working as a partner at Bullfight Strategies, a left-of-center8 communications firm founded by Eric Burns, the former president of left-of-center Media Matters for America. 910111213

KFA took on the left-of-center “dark money” organization New Venture Fund (NVF), the largest nonprofit managed by Arabella Advisors, as a client shortly after its founding. 14 Frisch’s relationship developed with NVF in this period “set the stage” for Frisch to found the left-of-center Allied Progress (also a project of the New Venture Fund) in August 2015. 15 16

KFA’s most recent public records with the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs are from 2015. 17 KFA’s business license expired on July 1, 2016. 18 19 During its one year of operations, KFA reportedly had 20 employees with an annual revenue of $3,000,000. 20

Leadership

Karl Frisch was the founder of KFA, where he worked as a principal from July 2014 to August 2015. 21  He currently sits on the Fairfax County School Board in Fairfax County, Virginia. 22

Frisch has many associations with left-of-center nonprofits and the Democratic Party. Frisch was co-chair of President Joe Biden’s Virginia LGBTQ+ Leadership Council during the 2020 presidential campaign; founded of the left-of-center Allied Progress;23 worked as communications director and senior fellow with Media Matters24 and as national press secretary for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC);25 26 and was named in a plan for the development of a communications hub to support the left-of-center Wyss Foundation. 27

References

  1. “Karl Frisch Associates; Karl Frisch.” Businesses Licenses DC. Accessed May 21, 2021. https://www.businesslicensesdc.com/license/400314903201/karl-frisch-associates-karl-frisch.
  2. Vogel, Kenneth P. and Robertson, Katie. “Top Bidder for Tribune Newspaper Is an Influential Liberal Donor.” New York Times. April 13, 2021. Accessed via Web Archive. April 14, 2021 capture. https://web.archive.org/web/20210414000507/https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/13/business/media/wyss-tribune-company-buyer.html.
  3. Northey, Hannah. “Dem strategist takes on oil industry – despite the odds.” E&E News. September 10, 2015. Accessed May 20, 2021. https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060024471.
  4. “Karl Frisch.” Fairfax County Public Schools School Board Members. Accessed May 17, 2021. https://www.fcps.edu/staff/karl-frisch.
  5. “CONTRIBUTOR Karl Frisch.” HuffPost. Accessed May 18, 2021. https://www.huffpost.com/author/karl-frisch.
  6. “Karl Frisch.” American Association of Political Consultants. Accessed May 17, 2021. https://theaapc.org/awards/40-under-40/40-under-40-winners-class-of-2017/karl-frisch/.
  7. “Karl Vincent Frisch.” LegiStorm. Accessed May 18, 2021. https://www.legistorm.com/person/bio/19640/Karl_Vincent_Frisch.html.
  8. “Bullfight Strategies.” Bullfight Strategies LinkedIn Profile. Accessed May 21, 2021. https://www.linkedin.com/company/bullfight-strategies/.
  9. Bullfight Strategies Twitter Bio. Accessed May 21, 2021. https://twitter.com/bullfightstrat?lang=en.
  10. “Karl Frisch Associates; Karl Frisch.” Businesses Licenses DC. Accessed May 21, 2021. https://www.businesslicensesdc.com/license/400314903201/karl-frisch-associates-karl-frisch.
  11. “Karl Frisch Associates; Karl Frisch.” OpenGovUs Business Profile. Accessed May 21, 2021. https://opengovus.com/washington-dc-business/400314903201.
  12. “Eric Burns.” Eric Burns twitter biography section. Accessed May 21, 2021. https://twitter.com/theEricBurns.
  13. Northey, Hannah. “Dem strategist takes on oil industry – despite the odds.” E&E News. September 10, 2015. Accessed May 20, 2021. https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060024471.
  14. Northey, Hannah. “Dem strategist takes on oil industry – despite the odds.” E&E News. September 10, 2015. Accessed May 20, 2021. https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060024471.
  15. Northey, Hannah. “Dem strategist takes on oil industry – despite the odds.” E&E News. September 10, 2015. Accessed May 20, 2021. https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060024471.
  16. Demasters, Karen. “New Nonprofit Targets Payday Lenders, Among Others.” Financial Advisor. August 6, 2021. Accessed May 21, 2021. https://www.fa-mag.com/news/allied-progress-will-target-institutions-that-take-advantage-of-americans–says-founder-22702.html.
  17. “2015 List of Businesses with Report.” District of Columbia Department of Regulatory Affairs. 2015. Accessed May 21, 2021. https://dcra.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/dcra/publication/attachments/2015%20List%20of%20Businesses%20with%20Report%20Due.pdf.
  18. “Karl Frisch Associates; Karl Frisch.” Businesses Licenses DC. Accessed May 21, 2021. https://www.businesslicensesdc.com/license/400314903201/karl-frisch-associates-karl-frisch.
  19. “Karl Frisch Associates; Karl Frisch.” OpenGovUs Business Profile. Accessed May 21, 2021. https://opengovus.com/washington-dc-business/400314903201.
  20. “Karl Frisch Associates, LLC.” Zoominfo. Accessed May 21, 2021. https://www.zoominfo.com/c/karl-frisch-associates-llc/459728945.
  21. “Karl Vincent Frisch.” Legistorm. Accessed May 20, 2021. https://www.legistorm.com/person/bio/19640/Karl_Vincent_Frisch.html.
  22. “Karl Frisch, Providence District Representative.” Fairfax County Public Schools. Accessed May 21, 2021. https://www.fcps.edu/staff/karl-frisch.
  23. “Karl Frisch.” Fairfax County Public Schools School Board Members. Accessed May 17, 2021. https://www.fcps.edu/staff/karl-frisch.
  24. “CONTRIBUTOR Karl Frisch.” HuffPost. Accessed May 18, 2021. https://www.huffpost.com/author/karl-frisch.
  25. “Karl Frisch.” American Association of Political Consultants. Accessed May 17, 2021. https://theaapc.org/awards/40-under-40/40-under-40-winners-class-of-2017/karl-frisch/.
  26. “Karl Vincent Frisch.” LegiStorm. Accessed May 18, 2021. https://www.legistorm.com/person/bio/19640/Karl_Vincent_Frisch.html.
  27. “A Plan for the Development of a Communications Hub Supporting the Wyss Foundation’s Core Issue Areas.” Civitas, Prepared for the Wyss Foundation. February 2015. https://www.influencewatch.org/app/uploads/2021/04/Wyss-Foundation-Communications-Hub.pdf.
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