We Innovate Public Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy

We are the perfect mixture of government advocates, political operatives and geeks. We are public affairs professionals now, but we didn’t begin here. We don’t just rely on the old way of doing things – we proactively push to shape perception in person and online.

Michael Rentiers

Michael Rentiers

Michael Rentiers is the Managing Partner for Push Advocacy, designing and implementing innovative issue advocacy campaigns across the country. He has a unique depth of experience working in the public policy arena – from running political campaigns and working in the halls of government to lobbying elected officials and implementing grassroots campaigns. From Illinois and Minnesota to Texas, Virginia and the Carolinas, he has won on the issues wherever he has been. Michael now manages innovative advocacy campaigns for Push Advocacy clients, ranging from corporations, trade associations and non-profit organizations.

Wesley Donehue

Wesley Donehue

Wesley Donehue is a digital strategist for causes and candidates across the United States. He combined his two loves of politics and technology to create Push Digital, a team of twenty fun and energetic folks in South Carolina and San Francisco. Named a ‘Rising Star’ and ‘Innovator of the Year’ by Campaigns and Elections magazine, Wesley now handles digital strategy for Governors, US Senators, Congressmen, state legislators and numerous issue-advocacy, nonprofit and other cause-based organizations.

Joel Sawyer

Joel Sawyer

Recognized as one of Columbia’s “Most Influential” along with CEO Wesley Donehue, Joel Sawyer serves as Senior Vice President of Push Digital. Few in South Carolina have Joel’s breadth of media experience – former newspaper reporter, gubernatorial communications director, state Party Executive director, and state-level presidential campaign manager. Because of his expertise on South Carolina and national politics, Joel is a frequent contributor as a political commentator for national print and television news media.

We're Different

Unparalleled Experience

Every morning we wake up and head to the office to execute a campaign. Some win. Some lose. All of them produce unique experiences that make us better. Those experiences can’t be replicated.

We are one of the only public affairs firms to fully integrate digital activism into issue advocacy campaigns at all levels of government, politics and business. We know every aspect of a successful advocacy campaign. Let us use our experiences for you.

Innovating at Warp 9.6

Everything is changing and you must adapt to be heard. Your cause won’t win using old strategies and tactics. You need a new team to push you forward. In short, you need geeks. Not just pretend geeks, but full fledge geeks who spend every waking minute with their faces in a computer screen or mobile device. Yeah, that’s us.

We live to learn. We opened an operation in Silicon Valley to get ahead of the curve and that’s exactly where you want to be too. Let’s innovate.

Unique Relationships

It all starts with relationships. It can be the tip of the spear in a successful advocacy campaign. We have spent over a decade running campaigns for elected officials, working alongside policy makers in the halls of government and lobbying on behalf of clients ranging from nonprofit organizations to fortune 500 companies. When you have the right relationships and a good reputation, when legislators know your name, advocating for an issue can produce the WIN.

Innovative Work

This is how beer creates jobs

Here at Push we love beer. And we love helping create jobs.

Two years ago we helped the South Carolina Brewers Association pass the Pint Bill, allowing local breweries to serve their product on premise. It’s helped breweries sprout across the state with more breaking ground every week. One small brewery in Charleston tells us that 70% of their business comes from on premise consumption. WOW!

To show just how fast the movement is growing, last night from River Rat Brewery in Columbia, United States Senator Lindsey Graham said “we need one of these on every corner.”

Dang skippy we do!!

We don’t always work for free, but when we do, you can bet that beer is somehow involved. That’s why this week we volunteered to help launch The Stone Bill effort in an attempt to lure Stone Brewing Company to South Carolina while expanding the operations of South Carolina’s current breweries.

Stone is the 10th largest craft brewer in America. It’s leaders want to open an East Coast brewery, distribution center and restaurant with an investment of around $31 million, creating nearly 400 jobs within five years. Charleston, Lexington and Horry Counties have all expressed interest in Stone’s new establishment.

Unfortunately, South Carolina’s laws are not adequate to meet Stone’s needs. A beer manufacturer is licensed as a brewery or a brewpub and not permitted to be licensed as both. A brewery can create an unlimited amount of beer and distribute its product, but not serve food. A brewpub can serve food, but its beer production is limited to 2,000 barrels per year and restricted from distribution. That means Stone cannot both distribute its beer and create a beer garden and restaurant for tourists.

Senator Sean Bennett, along with co-sponsor Paul Campbell (R-Berkeley) wants to fix the problem, lure Stone and create hundreds of jobs for South Carolina families. Their bill will increase the amount of beer that a brewpub can brew from 2,000 barrels per year to 500,000 barrels per year so as to accommodate large breweries with restaurants. It will also allow for beer sales to wholesalers and exporters of kegs, cans, and bottles by brewpubs.

Representatives Derham Cole and Jim Merrill will file the bill in the House when they return from Easter break.

Cool, right?

MORE BEER! MORE JOBS! Seriously, what can possibly be better than that?

The answer – nothing!

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Growing Your Bottom Line

Nurse-Family Partnership® is a public/private partnership, home visitation program for maternal and early childhood development. They needed to enhance awareness and support at the SC Statehouse to procure funding from the state. Utilizing relationships with key members of the budget committees we stepped in and got the job done.

NFP worked with legislators and the state’s Medicaid agency to incentivize reimbursements for managed care organizations. The program is now establishing one of the country’s first “pay for success” funding models.

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Running The Ground Game

A national manufacturer and fortune 500 company, needed a nationwide campaign to increase support for domestic manufactures and to raise awareness on trade and currency issues during congressional midterm elections.

We hosted town hall meetings across the country where thousands were in attendance, held educational forums for targeted leaders, secured resolutions from local governments, earned favorable media coverage from news outlets and attracted congressional candidates to specifically address the global trade issues.

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South Carolina Realtors

The Association of South Carolina Realtors needed to simplify and organize a cluttered website with too many pages, links and needless resources.

Push tackled the problem with a clean, minimal website for the public and members, including complete integration with the national association’s database and tools. Now members are armed with online methods to spread their message of job creation.

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What's This?

It’s a picture of SC State Senator Paul Campbell looking at an advertisement with his face on it just minutes before an important vote being pushed by the South Carolina Association of Realtors. That couldn’t be done with TV, mail, phone calls or even in-person visits. But it could be done with sophisticated targeting.