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What Does It Take To Crack the Inner Circle of Political Consultants?

Edwards' "prostitutes over patriots" ad is credited with helping him beat Vitter (YouTube)

Democrat John Bel Edwards’ “prostitutes over patriots” ad will be remembered as one of the most-hard hitting television spots in campaign history. But did it catch the attention of national Democratic strategists?  

Political consulting is a competitive sport with millions of dollars at stake. There is plenty of jockeying to be on top strategists’ unofficial list of approved consultants in order to be recommended to candidates and be in line for independent expenditure work.  

Sanders Consultants Carving Out Risky 'Outsider' Niche

Sanders ' top consultants have also signed on to two Senate contenders who are running in primaries against candidates endorsed by national Democrats. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Four of Sen. Bernard Sanders' top consultants are carving out a niche for themselves for 2016 — working for upstart Democratic candidates who rankle the party establishment.  

Tad Devine, Julian Mulvey and Mark Longabaugh — as well as Sanders' pollster, Ben Tulchin, are also working for two Democratic Senate candidates who are not the pick of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Democratic strategists say it's a move that could either pay huge dividends if those candidates were to win, or could burn bridges with party insiders who could shut off the spigot for future business.