Who We Are

Founded in 1997, MB Public Affairs, Inc. provides clients a unique combination of political vulnerability research capabilities, public policy issue expertise, strategic analysis and communications skills.

With offices in Sacramento, CA and Austin, TX, the firm has represented candidates across the country in federal, state and local campaigns. MB Public Affairs, Inc. also provides research consulting services to ballot measure committees, independent expenditure/federal 527 committees, issue advocacy/lobbying efforts, trade associations, private business interests and non-profit organizations.

The principals at MB Public Affairs, Inc. have worked in the political and public policy arenas for decades. We pride ourselves on being able to provide clients with the information necessary to develop persuasive communications strategies and mount effective, issue-oriented campaigns.


Mark Bogetich, the firm’s founder and president, is one of the nation’s pre-eminent political vulnerability researchers. He has more than 20 years of experience providing research consulting services to a wide variety of clients – from statewide ballot initiatives, to candidates for governor and United States Senate, to local elected officials. Bogetich has been referred to as “the only game in town” for researchers in California and has been featured in the San Jose Mercury News and Los Angeles Times. He has also been named by Campaigns & Elections as one of the “Top 100 Influencers” in California politics.


Michael Kahoe is a recognized public policy expert who specializes in state and national regulatory matters and government relations. He has more than 30 years of experience working on environmental, regulatory, and natural resource issues in California, including Assistant Secretary of the former Environmental Affairs Agency, Deputy Secretary and part of the original team that created the California Environmental Protection Agency, and Deputy Cabinet Secretary over the State’s environmental, natural resources, regulatory, and agricultural agencies. Prior to service with the State of California, Kahoe was an environmental consultant with Bay Area consulting firms and worked for the Fresno County-City Economic Development Program.


Tony Hernandez is an attorney licensed to practice in the State of Texas. He has over a decade of experience working in state, local, national, and international government and elections. Prior to starting his own practice, Hernandez was general counsel and research director for the preeminent governmental affairs firm in Texas and a policy analyst for the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute. He obtained his juris doctorate from Tulane University School of Law where he served as the Senior Business Editor for the Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law and President of the Federalist Society. Hernandez earned his B.A. in Political Science at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.


Paul Harms specializes in managing candidate research for Congressional, legislative, and local elections. Since joining the firm in 2008, he has produced dozens of research packages every year in races across the United States. Harms also has experience in financial analysis and budgeting for public and non-profit entities. Prior to joining the firm, Harms served as Controller of the Associated Students of the University of California, Davis, where he managed an annual operating budget of more than $10 million. Harms graduated from UC Davis in 2009 with a B.S. in Managerial Economics.


Claire Wendt is a 2007 graduate of the Pepperdine School of Law and Pepperdine School of Public Policy. From 2008 to 2010, Wendt served as a Deputy at the Office of Legislative Counsel where she consulted on issues relative to real property, privacy, civil and tort law, civil procedure, estates and trusts, gaming and lottery, courts, public safety, and taxation. While in law school, Wendt served as the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation intern at The Heritage Foundation where she published commentaries on legal and regulatory issues.


Alex Van Buskirk is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University, where he received a B.A. in Political Science. After he graduated in 2012, Van Buskirk was accepted into The Heritage Foundation’s Young Leaders Program in Washington, D.C. where he focused on federal regulatory policy research as a Domestic and Economic Policy intern. Prior to joining MB Public Affairs in January 2014, Van Buskirk served as an intern in the California State Assembly and as a research assistant for another Sacramento consulting company.