In a bipartisan merger of public affairs firms, Blue Engine Message & Media has acquired JDA Frontline.

The two firms have previously shared clients and will come together officially on January 1 with a combined team of 25.

In announcing the deal, the companies touted the benefits of bringing together firms with Democratic and Republican backgrounds. “In our divided country, communicators need to be able to unite fragmented audiences. We need to be able to listen to everyone and reach anyone. By joining forces, our new united team will offer our clients more than the ability to speak to the left and the right, we hope to help them begin to bridge the partisanship that divides us and drives our discourse.”