Republican campaigners who helped Tories in 2011 election fired via email

Matt Parker in the campaign office of Conservative Julian Fantino (currently Minister of International Co-operation) in 2011. Photo from Facebook.

Matt Parker and PJ Wenzel, Republican strategists who campaigned for the Conservative Party in the 2011 federal election, were fired earlier this month from The Strategy Group for Media, a prominent GOP advertising firm. Parker and Wenzel are founders of the Front Porch Strategies group, which may have broken election rules by providing on-the-ground support to campaigns in Ontario.

The award-winning Ohio-based company, which recently bought Front Porch Strategies, made television spots for a wide range of Republican candidates. Along with long-time SGM employee Nick Everhart, Parker and Wenzel were fired via email, in an email that was obtained by CQ Roll Call, a Washington-based political newspaper. 

The company would not discuss the exact cause for termination, but according to The Columbus Dispatch, they were fired due to personal behavior issues and for confronting company founder Rex Elsass over the firm's financial stability. 

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