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From Chris Cillizza’s “The Fix” at The Washington Post:

Joyce Aboussie– Aboussie was the long-time political major domo for Rep. Dick Gephardt (D-Mo.). She was the chief fundraiser in the Midwest for Gephardt’s presidential effort in 2004 and has been the lead finance person for almost every successful Democratic race both in St. Louis and statewide over the past decade. (I wrote a profile of Aboussie for Roll Call in 2003.[subscription only].)

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Most Influential St. Louisans

From the St. Louis Business Journal:

Political strategist and fundraiser Joyce Aboussie was U.S. Rep. Dick Gephardt’s right arm until he retired in 2005. Though best known for her involvement in getting top Democrats elected to office, she also helped pass several ballot measures and played a key role in the effort to bring the Rams to St. Louis. Aboussie runs two businesses: Telephone Contact Inc., a survey, research and voter-contact company; and Aboussie & Associates, a strategic consulting firm. She also devotes considerable time to her favorite charitable cause, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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St. Louis Business Journal Names Joyce Aboussie One of St. Louis’s “Most Influential Businesswomen”

From the St. Louis Business Journal:

Joyce Aboussie signed off as U.S. Rep. Dick Gephardt’s longtime aide when the congressman retired from politics in 2005. But that didn’t slow her work schedule a bit. She is at the helm of two local businesses: Telephone Contact Inc., a survey, research and voter-contact company; and Aboussie & Associates, a strategic consulting firm. Her companies have clients that dot the U.S. map, including businesses, nonprofits and political organizations. In addition, she spends as much time on charitable efforts as most people do at their regular jobs.

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Power Player Has Lots of Pull Working Behind the Scenes

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

In practice, she’s a key strategist and fund-raiser for almost every Democrat who’s won a recent election in Missouri. That includes the governor, lieutenant governor, state auditor, state treasurer, St. Louis county executive and St. Louis’ new mayor. Aboussie also figures prominently in the backroom maneuvering on almost every major issue in the state — from this spring’s congressional redistricting to the tentative agreement for a new Cardinals stadium. …

… She has one other passion: St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Her family helped entertainer Danny Thomas start the hospital almost 40 years ago. Actress Marlo Thomas, daughter of the late entertainer, says Aboussie has been on the hospital’s board since the early 1980s and now is vice chairman. She used her own money to endow a pediatric AIDS laboratory and, Thomas says, “easily” raises more than $1 million a year for the hospital. “I’m crazy about her,” said Thomas. “I’m from Hollywood and I know a lot of people who aren’t the genuine article. She is.”

Aboussie tries to stay in the background. But longtime friend Donna Brazile, who managed Gore’s White House bid, said Aboussie is increasingly attracting national attention. She calls Aboussie “one of the few women who’ve come through the ranks to be players on the national stage. She raises money. She raises hell. She does it with finesse.”

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The Most Influential Woman in Missouri Politics

From theSt. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Her political polling and telemarketing firm, Telephone Contact Inc., is considered by some – including her – to be the most successful company of its kind in Missouri and possibly the Midwest. In the last 13 months alone, it has taken in over $500,000 in contracts to help sell voters on various local initiatives.

By meshing various public computer files, Telephone Contact has compiled a detailed data picture – including race, voting frequency and income range – on most households in eastern Missouri.

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