U. of Phoenix's Parent Company Hires Veteran Republican Operative

The Apollo Group, parent company of the University of Phoenix, is adding a former chairman of the Republican National Committee to its list of heavy-hitting federal lobbyists.

The company has hired Rich Bond, a veteran Republican Party operative who has had close ties to President Bush's family since 1979.

Mr. Bond, whose lobbying shop, Bond & Company, is based in Alexandria, Va., was deputy chief of staff for Vice President George Bush during the