The company filed incorporation paperwork with the District for Blue Line Strategic Communications, a new limited liability company at BGR's office address that lists BGR CFO Todd Eardensohn as its registered agent. BGR PR president Michael Meehan also lists himself as the president of Blue Line Strategic Communications on his LinkedIn profile page.
Lobbying firm BGR Group launched its public relations arm a year ago, and the formerly all-Republican Barbour Griffith & Rogers hired Meehan, a Democrat, to run it. Meehan was the first Democrat hired after the firm announced it would become bipartisan.
BGR public relations vice president David DiMartino said the incorporation paperwork for Blue Line was filed early this year, though the city posted it last week. "We started Blue Line Strategic Communications to address some client issues that we have," he said. "We're going to continue to operate under that name with some of our clients."
DiMartino wouldn't say what client issues led to the new company, and described Blue Line as having a "strategic relationship" with BGR. Such ventures are a common way to deal with client conflicts, though DiMartino wouldn't say if that's what led to Blue Line.
DiMartino said BGR PR's clients include the government of India, which is also a major BGR lobbying client. Blue Line clients include the Coalition for Patent Fairness, he said.
Over the past year, BGR has started several new ventures under the BGR brand. They include BGR PR; BGR Capital & Trade, an investment banking branch; and BGR Gabara, a London office.