National political strategist Tony Cani has joined Resolute Consulting as a Vice President. An experienced political consultant and campaign manager, Tony has held leadership roles in both government and with public advocacy organizations.
“We are proud to have Tony’s strategic thinking and deep political experience as a force on the Resolute team,” said Greg Goldner, CEO of Resolute. “Tony will strengthen our presence in Arizona and across the country.”
Most recently, Tony served as campaign manager for Kate Gallego, who was elected in March 2019 as Mayor of Phoenix, the nation’s fifth largest city. In a highly competitive race, Tony successfully navigated more than a million dollars in attack ads against his candidate securing a 17 percent victory.
Prior to the Gallego campaign, Tony served as Political and Advocacy Director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona where he built from scratch a new department responsible for non-partisan public policy and advocacy engagement at the municipal, county, and state levels. From 2010 until 2012 he worked as national political director for the Sierra Club in Washington, D.C., the nation’s most enduring and influential grassroots environmental organization.
His government experience includes serving as the Senior Policy Advisor to former Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton where he managed the policy team and oversaw high-priority projects including those related to inter-governmental cooperation, transportation infrastructure, land use, water and sustainability. He also served in a similar role in the office of the Mayor for the City of Tempe. His early political experience includes being an early innovator in digital organizing for the Arizona Democratic Party and managing campaign operations as the National Political Director for Young Democrats of America.
Tony is a graduate of Arizona State University with a B.S. in Political Science. He is a fellow of the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy and a Security Fellow of the Truman National Security Project.
When Politico wrote an analysis of Presidential Candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s decision to block big donors from having access to her presidential campaign, they reached out to a number of national political fund-raising experts including Resolute’s Ami Copeland.
Copeland, the former deputy finance director to President Barack Obama spoke to Politico reporter Natasha Korecki about when Obama announced his own restrictions during his 2008 run.
“It was the first time anyone had done that before. Everyone freaked out about it. There was a lot of uncertainty around how that would play out,” said Ami Copeland, a former deputy finance director to Obama. “It was much more of a potent issue to utilize on the trail as opposed to hurting us.”
Copeland drew parallels and contrasts between Obama’s and Warren’s fund-raising tactics to reach small and high-dollar donors.
“Operationally it’s going to be a really big challenge for them. It’s hard to put together a budget based on an unknown intake,” Copeland said. “It’s not just her losing a class of donors, she’s also pushing them to other operations and other campaigns. That in the long-term will be an issue.”