Founded in 2010 as a partnership between Connolly & Associates and Kuhl Partners, the Connolly Kuhl Group operates under a simple premise of advocating on behalf of their clients while navigating through the public affairs arena.
As a full-service public affairs firm, the Connolly Kuhl Group is committed to bringing their clients exceptional service through strategic planning, grassroots marketing and mobilization, government relations, coalition building and media relations. With more than 25 years of combined experience and a track record of success, the Connolly Kuhl Group has mastered the ability to understand, maneuver and influence government as well as private entities.
The Connolly Kuhl Group is active statewide in the business community. They currently serve as members of the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce, River Heights Chamber of Commerce, Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce, St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce and the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce.
Patrick Connolly, co-founder and principal of the Connolly Kuhl Group, has more than 15 years of experience in grassroots marketing and mobilization, public policy and media strategies.
Connolly's successful grassroots experience includes work on behalf of healthcare reform for the Mayo Clinic Health Policy Center as well as public policy and community relations efforts for the Rochester Coalition and Southeast Minnesota Rail Alliance. He's also led and supported coalition efforts on behalf of the Hennepin County Sheriff Foundation, the Republican Party of Minnesota and Alliance for a Healthier Minnesota.
Prior to working at Connolly Kuhl Group, Connolly developed and coordinated targeted and results-oriented grassroots campaigns and outreach events as well as multi-city tours and meetings for his clients. With unabashed zeal, Connolly has garnered coverage for his clients in print, broadcast, radio and digital media outlets. Connolly earned his political stripes in the 2002 Coleman for U.S. Senate campaign as a lead member of the grassroots field team. After Coleman's historic victory, Connolly transitioned his mobilization skills to the U.S. Senate office as a policy liaison for Senator Coleman.
Patrick holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from St. Mary's University of Minnesota and a master's degree in organizational management from Concordia University. He currently serves on St. Mary's University Alumni Board and is active with the Alumni Communications Committee.
Carl Kuhl, co-founder and principal of the Connolly Kuhl Group, has more than a decade of experience in politics and public policy. Kuhl has served in numerous senior communications roles for a United States Senator, Saint Paul Mayor and Gubernatorial Candidate.
Throughout his career, Kuhl has honed his skills in many areas including media relations and effective public policy writing as Communications Director for Saint Paul Mayor Randy Kelly and Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Emmer. Kuhl served as marketing director for the City of Saint Paul where he was responsible for the planning, promotion and execution of both large and small-scale events. In his role as policy liaison for United States Senator Norm Coleman, he was responsible for coordinating policy research and outreach on highly visible issues (transportation, energy, labor, budget, telecommunications, economic development, financial/banking, and appropriations) throughout Minnesota.
Prior to working at Connolly Kuhl Group, Kuhl managed and directed broad ranging public policy campaigns targeted at Federal, State and local officials. His unique experience working on communications, marketing and public policy issues allow him to blend the necessary skills to make any public policy campaign a success.