POLITICO Pro: RAGA hires deputy executive director, finance director


RAGA hires deputy executive director, finance director
By Daniel Strauss
January 16, 2019

The Republican Attorneys General Association has hired a new deputy executive director and finance director.

The moves underscore the increasing competitive nature of attorney general campaigns. In 2017, RAGA and its Democratic counterpart ended a detente that had previously protected incumbent attorneys general of both parties from spending by the party committees. The groups have increased their fundraising efforts as well.

Now, RAGA has hired Danielle Cleveland as deputy executive director and national finance director. Cleveland was previously a member of the finance team at the Republican Governors Association.

The group is also promoting Ashley Highlander to be RAGA’s finance director. She was previously deputy finance director.

“I want record-breaking to be the norm at RAGA,” RAGA Chairman Ken Paxton said in a statement. “We are assembling an all-star team to disrupt the status quo and turn heads. Nearly $150 million was spent on state attorney general races in the 2018 cycle, and RAGA will continue to set the pace. The addition of Danielle and elevation of Ashley makes that possible. The future is bright for Republican attorneys general standing for the rule of law.”