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Winning Strategies
Require A Good Foundation


California | Ohio | Washington DC


About Us


is a full-service political and public affairs firm with national, statewide, and local experience including:

  • 33 Ballot Measure Campaigns

  • US Presidential Campaign

  • National Issue Advocacy

  • State Legislative Advocacy

  • Crisis Communications

  • Legislative Caucus Campaigns

  • Independent Expenditures

  • Non-Profit Campaigns

  • State, County, and City Candidate Campaigns

Foundation Public, LLC was founded by Chris Lehman who developed a reputation over 22 years in political and public affairs for repeatedly winning David vs. Goliath upset victories over the tobacco industry and for co-creating the national Need to Impeach campaign that resulted in the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

Case Studies

Case Studies

National Campaigns

Foundation Public LLC’s founder

Chris Lehman co-created the Need to Impeach campaign with Tom Steyer, Chris Lehane, and Kevin Mack

The aggressive asymmetric effort began with a pointed letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi that was featured in the

New York Times and followed up by a groundbreaking television campaign that Lehman created, produced with Mark Putnam, and oversaw execution through 2019.


State Campaigns

2003-2020 - Senate Democrats - For 16 years, Foundation Public LLC’s Chris Lehman served as a top consultant and strategist for four consecutive leaders of the California State Senate and Senate Democrats.  In 2004, under the leadership of Senator Don Perata, the Senate Democratic Caucus emerged as the progressive tip of the spear in opposition to Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.


Legislative and Issue Advocacy

2020 - Stopping Flavored Tobacco Including Menthol - Foundation Public, LLC was hired by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids to oversee strategy and media for California’s historic SB 793 that banned flavored tobacco products including menthol cigarettes.  

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Ballot Measures  

2016 - Proposition 56 -

A coalition of public health groups, the largest healthcare union in the world (SEIU), and California medical providers hired Foundation Public LLC’s Founder Chris Lehman as Lead Strategist to design and pass a $2-per-pack tax on cigarettes.  

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