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CenturyLink Charges Compared to Wells Fargo Scandal

Tue., Jul. 18, 2017

By Jack O'Dwyer

CenturyLinkCharges that CenturyLink engaged in fraudulent billing practices have been compared to similar charges against Wells Fargo that cost it $185 millions in fines and resulted in 5,000+ staffers being fired.

Uber Alum Books Ride to Facebook

Tue., Jul. 18, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Rachel WhetstoneRachel Whetstone, who stepped down as VP-communications and public policy at Uber in April, is joining Facebook in September in charge of PR for its WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger products.

Levine Takes COO Spot at Berlin/Rosen

Tue., Jul. 18, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

David LevineDavid Levine, a top aide of President Obama and Hillary Clinton, has moved to BerlinRosen, the Democratic public affairs shop, as its first COO to oversee its finance, HR and operations functions.

How Changing US Demographics Affect Travel PR Pros

Tue., Jul. 18, 2017

By Karyl Leigh Barnes

Karyl Leigh BarnesDestination marketers must include more diverse perspectives at the marketing communications table if they want to attract consumers across varying cultural and community backgrounds. (1 reader comment)

Trump: President of the 25 Percent

Mon., Jul. 17, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Washingto Post article by Philip Bump: Trum and his base live in a bubble where he's popular and all is wellDonald Trump has demolished the civics class notion that a President represents all Americans. His political survival depends on feeding hard-core supporters (25% of America) whoppers and things they want to believe are true. (1 reader comment)

SV&C Handles Run on P&G

Mon., Jul. 17, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Sard VerbinnenSard Verbinnen & Co. is handling corporate activist Nelson Peltz’s proxy fight with Procter & Gamble Co.

Mayweather v. McGregor is Marketers' Dream

Mon., Jul. 17, 2017

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianThe upcoming battle between boxing champ Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial arts legend Conor McGregor is a marketers' dream and case study for future PR textbooks.

Employer of PRSA Chair-elect Candidate Hit with Fraud Charges

Mon., Jul. 17, 2017

By Jack O'Dwyer

CenturyLinkCenturyLink, $17.9 billion telecom company whose communications is headed by Debra Peterson, candidate for 2018 chair-elect of PRSA, has been hit with fraud charges that could cost it up to $12B. (1 reader comment)

Fearless PR Firm Wanted to Enter Dungeon of Doom

Mon., Jul. 17, 2017

By Steve Barnes

Dungeon of DoomThe Dungeon of Doom, which touts itself as the “most bone-chilling” attraction in the Greater Chicago area, is looking for a PR firm to lure “victims” (e.g., visitors) from the Windy City and Milwaukee markets.

C+G Supports Qatar for $100K Monthly

Mon., Jul. 17, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Conover + Gould Strategic CommunicationsConover + Gould Strategic Communications provides PR support to blockaded Qatar under pact worth $100K per-month.

O’Dwyer’s Directory Lists 1,200+ PR Firms, Ranks 123

Mon., Jul. 17, 2017

By Jack O'Dwyer

2017 O'Dwyer's Directory of PR FirmsThe 2017 O’Dwyer’s Directory of PR Firms, the 47th annual edition and the only remaining printed directory in PR, has been published digitally and will shortly be available in hard copy.

Domestic Vacations Dominate in 2017

Mon., Jul. 17, 2017

By Julie Freeman and Nancy Friedman

Julie Freeman and Nancy FriedmanA recent survey suggests a slowdown may be coming this year for the travel industry, with many U.S. travelers choosing to remain stateside during 2017 and favoring road trips over international vacations.

LPG Lines up Opioid Lobbying Salvo

Fri., Jul. 14, 2017

By Jon Gingerich

Lincoln Policy Group Lincoln Policy Group has signed a pact with the Opioid Treatment Program Consortium for D.C. lobbying support on issues related to drug-treatment.

Suess Steps Down at ICM

Fri., Jul. 14, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Michelle SuessMichelle Suess, who handled corporate communications, events, advertising and charitable giving for ICM Partners for more than a decade, is stepping down from the talent agency.

Sitrick Says 'Sorry' for Trump Lawyer Kasowitz

Fri., Jul. 14, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Washington Post article on Marc KasowitzCrisis counselor Mike Sitrick represents Marc Kasowitz, President Trump's attorney on the Russia investigation who has apologized for a series of angry and profane emails sent to a stranger who called on him to resign. (1 reader comment)

JP Morgan Chase Picks Berry

Fri., Jul. 14, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Tim BerryJP Morgan Chase has named Republican operative Tim Berry to head its government relations and public policy operations.