Clear Channel Communications has appointed Washington insiders Robert Fisher and Brendan Kelsay as Directors of Government Relations to beef up its lobbying team in its Washington, D.C. office effective March 1. Andrew Levin, Clear Channel's senior vice president of Government Relations, said he looks forward to the bipartisan public policy experience Fisher and Kelsay will bring to Clear Channel's Washington office.
"Robert and Brendan each possess a tremendous amount of Capitol Hill experience and know-how," Levin said. "They are well known and respected on both sides of the aisle for their significant contributions to public service, and we couldn't be more thrilled they're joining our team."
Fisher joins Clear Channel from the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, where he served as a member of the professional staff, advising Committee chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., on telecommunications and mass media issues. Fisher began his career with Senator McCain in 1997 as a legislative liaison in the Arizona state office, and worked on Senator McCain's last re-election campaign before joining the Senate Commerce Committee in Washington, D.C.
Kelsay comes to Clear Channel from the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, where he served as a member of the professional staff, advising Committee Ranking Member John D. Dingell, D-Mich., on telecommunications and mass media issues. Prior to joining the House Commerce Committee, Kelsay held positions with the House Democratic Caucus, led by Rep. Vic Fazio, D-Calif., the Georgia state legislature, and numerous political campaigns.