HillCo Direct LLP
HillCo Direct LLP was formed in February 2003 through a partnering of HillCo Partners LLC and Texas political consultant Ted Delisi, with Delisi as CEO. "The new Austin-based firm will focus exclusively on grassroots campaigns, including using direct mail and telephone banks." 
The Fall 2003 issue of Pension Observer, the "official publication of the Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems" (Texpers), reported that the System had hired "HillCo Direct, a firm specializing in direct mail campaigns and public relations." The publication described HillCo as "the premier full-service independent lobbyist firm ranked by the Texas Monthly Best Client List as one of Texas' most important in the field." 
The article refers to "Neal T. (Buddy) Jones and Clint Smith of HillCo Partners. ... Jones leads the government relations team of experienced, knowledgeable professionals that have an in-depth understanding of the political process and public policy decisions in Texas."