Mickey Ibarra and Associates
Mickey Ibarra & Associates is a Washington, DC-based lobbying and public relations company which boasts that it has "strong ties with Hispanic leaders and grassroots organizations across industry sectors including business, government and non-profit."
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"When 15 Latino groups sent a letter to top Senate Commerce Committee lawmakers urging video-franchising relief for the Bell telecommunications firms, the appeal appeared to be on behalf of Hispanic Americans," writes David Hatch. "But critics said the letter also was on behalf of the Bell firms AT&T and Verizon Communications, which have financial and business ties to many of the signatories. ... Among the signers was the National Hispanic Media Coalition, which became a client of the Washington-based lobbying firm Mickey Ibarra and Associates on Feb. 23. Ibarra is a registered lobbyist for Verizon and Consumers for Cable Choice, which is funded partly by Bell companies." 
- Mickey Ibarra, President
- Michelle Minguez-Moore, Senior Associate
- David Ramirez, Associate
- Enrique Cortez, Associate
- Norelie Garcia, Associate/Executive Assistant
- Christian Sanchez, CHCI Fellow
- Diane Freeman, Office Assistant
- Paul Shuh, Office Assistant
- Jennifer Devlin, Media Relations Consultant
On its website (as at March 2006) MIA states that its clients
- Pfizer Inc.
- Sí TV
- Harrah's Entertainment, Inc.
- League of United Latin American Citizens
- National Council of La Raza
- National Education Association
- Consumers for Cable Choice
- National Hispanic Media Coalition
- Alliance for Excellent Education
- City of Albuquerque
- City of San Jacinto
- Senate of Puerto Rico
- National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators
- HELO (Hispanic Elected Local Officials)
- The Coca-Cola Company
- U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- National Latino Council on Alcohol & Tobacco Prevention
- Arte Publico Press, University of Houston
- HBO Films
1140 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036-4001
Phone: (202) 969-8777
Fax: (202) 969-8778
- David Hatch, "Franchising Letter From Hispanic Groups Questioned", National Journal, March 17, 2006.
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