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About Capitol Core Group

Capitol Core Group is a government relations firm providing an array of lobbying services

— ranging from political intelligence and strategic planning to legislative goal setting and direct advocacy. The firm also offers political consulting services to select clients.

The firm has offices in Sacramento, Austin, and Washington, D.C., where it enjoys longstanding relationships with decision makers in both the legislative and administrative branches. It is among the few firms able to provide a fully integrated approach to state and federal lobbying, with a single professional team addressing client concerns on both the state and federal levels in a cohesive, efficient manner.

Capitol Core Group offers particular expertise in five major areas: infrastructure, land use, water, energy and fintech industries.

California Capitol Rotunda served by Capitol Core Group

Capitol Core Group’s approach to lobbying includes:

  • Development of carefully tailored strategies based on a solid grasp of the political environment and each client’s specific challenges, opportunities and resources;

  • A hands-on approach to government relations that includes direct, personal communications with key decision makers and influencers; and

  • A commitment to giving clients a favorable return on their lobbying investment.

Capitol Core Group’s Values:

  • Adherence to the highest ethical standards in the provision of advocacy and communications.

  • Commitment to accurately conveying each client’s circumstances, interests and messages and maintaining credibility with policymakers.

  • Support for the principles of classical liberalism, including equal rights, freedom of speech, legal due process, limited government and free markets.

Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Michael McKinney Capitol Core team

Michael W. McKinney

President and Managing Partner

Client Experiences

Client Experiences

Strategic, creative, and data driven. Capitol Core Group takes charge of the issues and communicates with powerful ads to voters. That’s why we won our races.


Yorba Linda City Councilman

We use Capitol Core because they deliver the win! They are a partner that works to understand our company goals and then helps us achieve them.


Vice President Market Development

Energy Efficient Equity

Capitol Core is extremely responsive, diligent and understands how to navigate the legislature.


Director Government Affairs

Explore Information Services

Capitol Core gave us regulatory certainty, cut approval time, and saved us money. Our nanotechnology product required EPA approval but did not fit existing testing requirements. Capitol Core got to the right people, formed a solution, and increased policymaker interest in the product.


Founding Principle

Lancashire Partners (CM Armor, LLC)

McKinney and the Capitol Core team took on the challenge of a tough race, built a strong strategy and executed it with creativity. Winning one of the largest municipal recalls in State history.


Responsible Officer

San Bernardino Residents for Responsible Government

Our Clients

Case Studies
Texas Capitol Building served by Capitol Core Group

Recent Case Studies

FortiFi Financial: Assessment-Based Financing

New Model Colonies, LLC: Mill Creek Wetlands Project

Tulare Irrigation District: Flood Mitigation and Drought Resiliency Projects at McKays Point

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