Our Team

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The May Group LLC is a strategic alliance of premier members of Washington's lobbying and public affairs community. The skill sets of our professionals range from leveraging lifelong relationships in politics and business to the latest in digital advocacy, polling, media relations and message delivery. Let us custom-design a team to best fit your needs.

Edward A. Merlis

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Ed Merlis is a public affairs and government relations consultant whose executive branch, Capitol Hill, trade association and corporate experience extends back to his production of the government's anti-smoking commercials more than 40 years ago.

Having served as Staff Director of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Chief of Staff of the Senate Appropriations Committee, he is deeply familiar with all facets of the legislative and public affairs process. He has also worked on a wide variety of campaigns involving the communications and transportation industries.

These include the Stop Oil Speculation Now campaign, winner of a 2008 PRSA Silver Anvil Award, and the Strategic Safety Initiative, an image rehabilitation and legislative campaign for the Regional Airline Association.

He has also been involved with the advertising, communications, and website re-branding of The Pebble Partnership, the largest copper mine currently being explored in North America, and the grassroots, coalition building, regulatory and legislative components of "The Future Faster," the U.S. Telecom Association's effort to facilitate telephone company entry into video.

His private sector management experience includes serving in leadership roles in several associations and companies including the National Cable Television Association (during Congressional consideration of the Cable Communications Policy Act of 1984) and the Grocery Manufacturers of America, Inc. He was President, Cable Affiliate Division, Telaction Corporation, a wholly owned J.C. Penney subsidiary that developed a pre-broadband interactive video and information service.

Daniel M. Larson

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Dan Larson is Principal of Larson Associates LLC, a communications and public affairs firm specializing in writing and advocacy communications. He has more than 30 years experience as a media relations, government relations and communications strategist in industries as diverse as high tech and consumer products, electric utilities and pharmaceuticals.

As a writer, his diverse experiences cover the full spectrum from speeches to newsletters to Congressional testimony to a book on the corporate history of a global, privately-owned corporation. Clients include TechNet, National Petrochemical and Refiners Association, DCI Group, Weber-Merritt Public Affairs and Sea Search Armada. He has served as a strategic counselor to major U.S. corporations, trade associations, non-profits and federal and state government.

Prior to forming Larson Associates, he directed media relations involving legislative and regulatory issues for Texas Instruments in its Washington, D.C. office. He was chair of the Semiconductor Industry Association's communications committee for ten years. His government relations portfolio for the company included tax, energy, environment, health care, pensions and high-skilled immigration reform.

Before joining Texas Instruments in 1995, Dan was Vice President at the public relations firm of John Adams Associates in Washington, D.C. He has also been with and advised the Electric Power Research Institute, National Electrical Manufacturers Association, Grocery Manufacturers Association, the law firm of Collier, Shannon and Scott and, as a political appointee, served as Public Affairs Administrator for the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.

He received a B.A. in journalism with a minor in political science from The George Washington University.

Lee Johnson

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Lee Johnson is the Chief Executive Officer of the Congressional Media Group, LLC (CMG); and Chief Executive Officer of 101 Strategy Partners, LLC.

Johnson and his CMG team provide television production support for Comcast's public affairs program "Comcast Newsmakers"; and "Washington Watch with Roland Martin" for the TV One television network. The team also produces videos for use in media outreach, internal and external communications, and for special events.

101 Strategy Partners is a bipartisan, public affairs consortium that provides high level consulting and other specialized services. These services include strategic counsel, polling and survey analysis, political management, and media production and outreach.

He served as Chief of Staff of the United States Senate Republican Conference under Conference Chairman Connie Mack of Florida and Conference Vice Chair Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas. He was responsible for the communications assets and media operations of the Republican leadership and the Republican caucus in the 106th Congress and for message development and coordination in the 107th.

He held senior management positions with Burson-Marsteller, as Managing Director of the Grassroots Division; and Golin/Harris, where he held the title of Senior Vice President of Public Affairs.

A graduate of Vanderbilt University/BA, 1975 and the University of Alabama School of Law/JD, 1978, he is admitted to the bar of the United States Supreme Court, the State of Florida, and the District of Columbia.