Washington (CNN) - Doug Bailey, one of the first successful political consultants of the modern era who later formed the influential political newsletter The Hotline, died Sunday. He was 79.
Bailey passed away in his sleep, reported The National Journal, which published The Hotline.
Bailey's firm, Bailey Deardourf and Associates, was responsible for President Gerald Ford's ad campaign when he ran for re-election in 1976. It also helped elect a group of successful moderate Republican senators and governors.