June 5, 2020
As reported by The Yellow Sheet Report, a newsletter that provides pressroom-level access to Arizona politics and government:
DiMARIA JOINS DC-BASED FIRM
Total Spectrum, a DC-based public affairs firm, is launching an Arizona office, and has picked off longtime CenturyLink lobbyist Michael DiMaria as its partner and Southwest regional director. The firm’s national managing partner, Steve Gordon, is a veteran political consultant who served on the national finance committee for John McCain’s presidential campaign. DiMaria noted that Arizona is a relatively young state that is attempting to diversify its economy, which still mostly relies on the housing industry. As the state succeeds in attracting companies, policymakers will grapple with issues emerging out of an economy that’s increasingly driven by technological innovations, he said. How, for example, will policymakers approach machine-to-machine interactions for taxing purposes? “I am hoping we would be able to get in front of these issues, and think about ways to make the state better and stabilize our financial positions,” he said. DiMaria currently serves as Tax Policy Committee Chairman of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is on the board of InvisionAZ and is a past chairman of both the Arizona Tax Research Association and the Western Maricopa Coalition.