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Internet Edition, May 9, 2001, Page 1


The March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation wants to hire a firm to handle a three-year "national mission" communications campaign, according to Rick Bainbridge, its director of strategic marketing.

He would not say how much the Foundation is willing to pay for an integrated program that includes PR, advertising, social marketing and community outreach.
The campaign, targeted at women of child-bearing age, will teach them what they can do to prevent premature births.

There also will be an "emotional" element to connect people with the "March of Dimes brand," said Bainbridge.

"Letters of intent" must get to Bainbridge by May 11. He is stationed at the Foundation's headquarters in White Plains, N.Y. (914/428-7100). A decision will be made by July 31.


The California Dept. of Health Services is ready to award a three-year $20 million ad/PR contract to educate people about cancer prevention and nutrition, according to Katie Hennelly, marketing manager at the unit.

Sacramento shops Ogilvy PR; Runyon, Saltzman & Einhorn and Newport Beach-based Lawrence Mayo & Ponder are in the running for the business.

Hennelly said the review process began at the beginning of this year, and "took a little longer" than expected.

There will be a focus on childhood obesity, which Hennelly called a growing problem in California.

Besides a proper diet, the state wants parents to know the role exercise plays in keeping children fit.

Low-income and Hispanic Californians are key targets of the campaign.

GCI Group is working with Jerry Giaquinta, the former PR head of Sony Entertainment, to help navigate the convergence of technology, content and consumer products. GCI will get access to wisdom of high-tech PR guru Regis McKenna and adman Jay Chiat. They serve as advisors to Giaquinta's firm... Ad spending will fall 1.5% this year, according to Jack Myers, chief economist for Myers Reports. He had projected in December a 4.9% gain for 2001. Myers is looking for a 0.2% rise next year, down from his initial 2.2% forecast.


Hill and Knowlton picked up the worldwide PR account for Marconi, the London-based telecommunications giant with 55,000 employees, after a pitch against top-tiered firms that began late last year. Brodeur Worldwide was the finalist for the account, which could be worth $10 million.

Paul Taaffe, H&K's president will, spearhead the global account from New York.

He told this NL that H&K will work for Marconi in about 20 countries. Sally Costerton, head of H&K's U.K technology unit, will oversee things in Marconi's home market.

H&K's mission is to drive awareness of Marconi's brand into boardrooms throughout the world.

Taaffe said H&K will position Marconi as a worthy competitor to Lucent and Nortel.


Serbia is looking to "establish friendly and constructive relations" with the U.S., and is using consultant Jim Denton, Alexandria, Va., to do so.

He is receiving $120K from the "Serbian diaspora community," according to the one-year contract filed with the Justice Dept.

Denton is the former executive director of Freedom House, which is non-profit democracy building group.

"I've worked with Serbian political leaders who opposed Slobodan Milosevic, and traveled to Serbia many times," he told this NL.

Those political leaders include Zoran Djindjic, the country's current Prime Minister.

Djindjic wrote a letter of introduction for Denton that authorizes him to "conduct informal consultations with officials in the Bush Administration and the U.S. Congress."

Denton's goal is to "enhance Serbia's image as forward looking, stable, investor-friendly country - rich in history, culture and the arts."


Judi Mackey, 43, has joined Burson-Marsteller as chairperson of its U.S. corporate/financial practice.

She heads a staff of more than 100, and reports to Chet Burchett, who is B-M USA CEO.

Burchett joined B-M in 1998 from Edelman PR Worldwide, where he was an EVP/deputy manager. Mackey has been an Edelman EVP/GM, corporate affairs and global practice leader, reputation management.

Internet Edition, May 9, 2001, Page 2


Bronx-born John Scanlon, who was known for his bare-knuckle approach to PR, died of an apparent heart attack on May 4. He was 66.

Scanlon, a former Christian Brother known as Brother Charles Kevin, made his mark on PR by defending "60 Minutes" against libel charges lodged by General William Westmoreland.

His most "controversial" client, according to The New York Times, was Brown & Williamson, for which he compiled a 500-page dossier besmirching the reputation of a B&W "whistleblower."

That staffer, Jeff Wigand, contended that B&W was involved in a conspiracy to make cigarettes more addictive.

Scanlon gave the dossier to The Wall Street Journal, which reported that many of the allegations were untrue.

Takes on Controversy

Scanlon, who had worked for Edelman PR Worldwide and was affiliated with WestHill Media Strategies at the time of his death, had a high-profile client list until the end.

He recently helped Jesse Jackson deal with the "love child" flap.

Scanlon told former Senator Bob Kerrey how to handle allegations that he was involved in a raid against civilians during the Vietnam War.

Another client was Alfred Taubman, the former Sotheby's chairman who was indicted last week on federal price-fixing charges.

Of his penchant for handling tough clients, Scanlon told New York magazine in 1997, "Sometimes you sup with long spoons."


Sidney Blumenthal, a former Clinton aide, has reached an out-of-court settlement with cyberreporter Matt Drudge.

Instead of winning any payment, Blumenthal, a former journalist with Time magazine, has agreed to pay Drudge's lawyer $2,500.

Blumenthal said the payment is to ensure the litigation and the publicity it brought Drudge will end. Another explanation given was the payment was to reimburse Drudge's lawyer for travel expenses to come to Washington, D.C.

Blumenthal had filed a $30 million libel suit in 1997 against Drudge for his report on his website, "The Drudge Report," that falsely suggested Blumenthal had beaten his wife, Jacqueline, who was also a Clinton White House aide.

Drudge, who later retracted the report and apologized, said the publicity about Blumenthal's suit made his website successful. Drudge said he went "from rags to absolute riches-and I got to keep them." Blumenthal said the suit had cost him tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees.

Drudge's legal expenses were paid for by a libertarian-oriented group, Individual Rights Foundation.


The Atlanta-based Hooters of America restaurant chain has appealed a Superior Court judge's order to pay $11.9 million for sending unwanted ads by fax.

A jury ruled March 21 that Hooters had "willfully or knowingly" sent six faxes to many prospective customers, which featured lunch coupons.

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 requires advertisers to get prior consent before transmitting or pay a minimum of $500 per violation.

The faxes were sent by the now-defunct Value-Fax of Augusta on behalf of the local Hooters in 1995.

If the Georgia Court of Appeals does not rescind the order, it would give each member in a 1,321-person class action lawsuit slightly more than $6,000.


A service for Denny Griswold, founder of PR News in 1944, will take place Thursday, May 17 at 5 p.m. at the Penn Club, 30 W. 44th St., New York.

Elinor Guggenheimer, founder of the New York Women's Agenda of 120 women's groups and an advocate for rights of women and senior citizens, has joined Harold Burson as co-chair of the Denny Griswold Memorial Committee.

Guggenheimer, a longtime friend of Griswold, who died Feb. 8, said she was alarmed by reports that Griswold was largely isolated from the outside world in recent years. "Seniors do not surrender their rights as citizens when they enter healthcare facilities and it is the responsibility of all of us to see that their rights to receive visitors, mail and phone calls are protected," she said.

Guggenheimer herself had no contact with Griswold after the latter entered the Wilton Meadows nursing home in Wilton, Conn., Aug. 7, 1995.

Members of Women Executives in PR said they couldn't get through to Griswold while at WM.


George Christy, columnist for The Hollywood Reporter, has denied charges by fellow staffer David Robb that he improperly became entitled to Screen Actors Guild health and pension benefits by performing bit parts in movies.

Robb resigned from the trade paper after it refused to print accusations that Christy, who writes "The Great Life" society column, took favors from producers. Also resigning from the Reporter in support of Robb were editor Anita Busch and executive film editor Beth Laski. Robb's story ran May 2 on the website. Christy denied the charges in a story in the May 3 Los Angeles Times.

Kara Ingraham, co-owner with Paul Holmes of the defunct Editorial Media & Marketing Int'l, has been awarded the right to appoint a receiver of the assets of EMMI. She had told N.Y. Supreme Court that the assets were eroding with time. An auction of the assets, including the Creativity in PR Awards, is now taking place on the website. Bids are to be e-mailed and the assets will go to the highest bidder.

Internet Edition, May 9, 2001, Page 3


A new cable TV show, called "Inside Powersports," will be launched in June on the Speedvision network.

The program will focus on the motorcycling, snowmobile, ATV and personal watercraft industries.

Genevieve Schmitt, who is editor of Woman Rider, a quarterly motorcycle magazine aimed at women, will host the new program. For the last four years Schmitt has been on-air correspondent for "Bike Week," a weekly cable show.

"Motorcycling is just a vehicle for bringing stories to the forefront," Schmitt said.

"The topic could be an undiscovered travel destination, a trend encompassing things like fashion or restaurants, a celebrity or interesting person who rides, and the common denominator is motorcycling."

Schmitt has the luxury of living wherever she wants because most of her work is done on the road. She usually handles the editorial side of the magazine from her home in Colorado Springs. The layout is done in Minneapolis, the publisher's headquarters.


ABC has extended an open invitation to companies to actively help create the scenarios for product placements on its new reality show, "The Runner," which airs this fall.

In the May 7 Newsweek, senior writter Johnnie Roberts reports ABC is hoping the new series will "transform the economics of the TV business."

Roberts said the ABC sales force is already trying to line up companies willing to pay for the privilege of being the runner's mobile phone, laptop computer, credit card or burger joint.
Roberts said ABC is "offering far more than just a beauty shot of a soft drink can."

In one mission, for instance, the runner may be instructed to go to a sponsor's clothing store, such as the Gap, without being detected. A different mission would call for use of a different sponsor's product and therefore a different plot line.
So far ABC has landed one major sponsor. Pepsi will be "The Runner's" exclusive soft drink.


The London-based Press Assn. has assigned a reporter to cover celebrity and entertainment news in the U.S.

Hugh Dougherty, who for the past two years has been covering Scottish politics for the PA, is based in the new bureau at 303 E. 5th st. in New York.

The PA, which has been around for centuries, is the equivalent to The Associated Press in the U.S.

The Press Assn. provides coverage to most of the U.K.'s top dailies and broadcasters. It also sends news to about 15 newspapers in Ireland.

Dougherty is especially interested in doing pieces about film and stage actors, who are known in the British Isles, or have a connection of some kind.

He said publicists can phone him (212/473-3827) or e-mail him ([email protected]) to pitch stories, or to invite him to events.

Randall Rothenberg, 45, was named chief marketing officer of Booz-Allen & Hamilton. He will continue as editor-in-chief of strategy + business magazine.


Brill's Content will switch from 10 times a year to a quarterly in the fall, and Steven Brill, chairman/CEO, has asked eight to 12 people to resign.

BC, which covers the media business, will remain separate from Inside magazine, which Brill acquired as part of an agreement to buy Powerful Media, which also operates

BC had a paid circulation of about 290,000, which was short of the 600,000 that had been expected when the magazine was started four years ago.

PLACEMENT TIPS ___________________

Philip O'Brien, managing editor of WNBC-TV (Ch. 4), in New York, said his newsroom does not like to get "gimmicks" from publicists who pitch the station stories.

He said his newsroom recently got two releases that looked like ransom notes. The mailing, which also went to other news outlets, was composed of letters cut and glued from magazines saying, "Stick your head in a blender." The releases had no contact information or address.

After the second release arrived, two staffers became frightened, so O'Brien called the postal police to see if they could locate the sender of the releases.

Using the meter number on the envelope stamp, the police were able to trace the releases to Four Corners Communications, a New York-based PR firm that is handling publicity for Blender, a new music-oriented magazine that made its debut May 8.

A spokeswoman for the firm said the releases had "caused quite a bit of interest," including a mention on the "Page Six" gossip page of The New York Post.

The New York Times will publish a special news section "From Newspaper Age to Information Age" on Sept. 20 to mark its 150th anniversary. The report will span 150 years of landmark moments in world affairs, science and technology, fashion and the arts. The New York-Daily Times, as it was known, was founded in 1851 by Henry Raymond and George Jones as a four-page paper., a website based in Ft. Lauderdale, has closed. The website was started as in 1997 by Edwin Warfield IV.

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Internet Edition, May 9, 2001, Page 4


Consumers who get news and information from a multitude of sources see newspapers as more credible than TV, radio, magazines or the Internet, according to findings from a new national readership study for the Newspaper Assn. of America.

More respondents also cited newspapers as their primary source for local news, local entertainment information, personal finance and business news.

The findings are based on a national representa-tive sample of 4,003 adults.

The 102-page report, "Leveraging Newspaper Assets," can be downloaded from

Circulation Declines

Sunday circulation continues to be a problem for the newspaper industry, as most major metropolitan dailies reported declining Sunday figures in the six-month period ending March 31, according to figures released by the Audit Bureau of Circulations.

The top three largest daily papers-USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, each with national distribution-reported slight gains, less than 1%, over the year-earlier period. But, overall newspaper circulation lost ground daily and on Sunday.

An analysis by the NAA shows overall daily circulation at the nation's roughly 1,500 dailies fell just under 1% while Sunday circulation fell 1.7%.

John Morton, a newspaper analyst, believes lifestyle may have affected Sunday newspapers. It's become a huge shopping day and people have more things to do on Sunday than they used to, he said.


Media trainer Virgil Scudder said Dale Earnhardt, the deceased race car driver, was one of the most interesting sports people he has worked with during 23 years in the media training business.

"Even in the company of such luminaries as Bill Russell, Magic Johnson, Nick Buoniconti, Joe Torre, and Al Unser Jr., Dale Earnhardt was unique," said Scudder, who heads Virgil Scudder & Assocs., New York.

"For one thing, I have never met anyone as fearful and distrustful of the news media as Dale was when we sat down for media training in the late 1980s," said Scudder.

"This aggressive-many would say bullying- and rambunctious man was hurt by many of the things being said and written about him. The fact that the reporters' criticisms were based on documented facts, such as his tendency to knock rival cars off the track, did nothing to diminish his sense of being treated unfairly," Scudder said.

"Over the years, this feeling seemed to lessen somewhat, and he learned to use the media to his advantage," said Scudder. "But, for better or worse, Dale always did it `his way.'"


The Los Angeles Times has changed the appearance and frequency of some columns.

"City Angles," a new column, will appear more frequently in the "Southern California Living" section-four days a week, Tuesday through Friday. It has been running on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

The celebrity-oriented column, which is written by Ann O'Neill and supported by reporters Gina Ricalo and Louis Roug, covers fashion, design, and culture in California and beyond.

The "Sandy Banks" column now runs Tuesdays and Sundays; Al Martinez runs Mondays and Thursdays; the "Guy Chronicles" by Chris Erskine appears Wednesdays; "Fashion Police" by Jeannine Stein runs Fridays; "Drive Time" by Mary McNamara appears Wednesdays, and "Birds & Bees" by Kathleen Kelleher runs Mondays.


David Lidsky and Arlyn Gajilan were promoted to senior editor and editor, respectively, at FSB: Fortune.

Lidsky, who was technology editor, will continue to oversee the "Tech" section of the magazine and will also contribute feature stories related to small business technology trends, companies and personalities. He will continue to write his monthly column, "Tech Skeptic."

Gajilan, who was senior writer, will continue to edit the "Livewire" section and will also begin to edit features in addition to writing features.

She will also continue to write her column for entitled "The Conspicuous Consumer."

PEOPLE _________________________

Charles Peters, who founded The Washington Monthly 33 years ago, has retired as editor-in-chief. He is succeeded by Paul Glastris, who wrote more than 200 speeches for former President Clinton on subjects ranging from education to the budget.

Laurie Buckle, 44, who is an editor of Bon Appetit Books, takes over as managing editor of Bon Appetit magazine on June 1.

Elaine Sciolino, a reporter in the Washington, D.C., bureau of The New York Times, was named the winner of the 2001 New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism.

The $15,000 prize was awarded for her book Persian Mirrors: The Elusive Face of Iran (Simon & Schuster), about the contradictions of the Iranian revolution and the new order it created.

Sheila MacVicar, previously a correspondent for ABC News' "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings," is joining CNN as an international correspondent based in CNN's London bureau.

Internet Edition, May 9, 2001, Page 7


The May 14 Fortune magazine has a virtually stem to stern attack on Wall Street practices, claiming too many insiders get rich while companies in need of capital and the public get the short end of the stick.

The story is built around Morgan Stanley analyst Mary Meeker, who is said to typify the conflict of interest that is rampant on the Street.

"She may be the greatest deal maker around," said an opening headline. "The problem is, she is supposed to be an analyst." The article portrays her as acting like an investment banker rather than a cold-eyed analyzer of corporate investments. Her salary in 1999 was estimated at $15 million.

An accompanying article claims investment bankers are charging "exorbitant" fees for raising money and are walking off with the lion's share of any profits. "Betrayal on Wall Street," with numerous negative comments by financier Felix Rohatyn, is the headline on the article. Three-quarters of the 779 IPOs of 1999-2000 are below their initial prices.

According to Fortune, many IPOs were priced too low. When their prices shot up in a few days, the bankers, holding major blocks at nominal prices, unloaded these shares for huge profits. The money went to the bankers and not the start-up companies, charges the article. It asks why bankers should get a non-negotiable 7% of a deal when lawyers get paid by the hour.

SEC, Washington Post, Rap "Pro Forma"

The "pro forma" reporting of earnings, used by Interpublic and other companies, has come under attack. NIRI and Financial Executives International just put out "guidelines" on the subject (5/2/NL).

Acting SEC Chairman Laura Unger is "troubled" by the increasing use of pro forma, calling it a "tool companies have invented to disseminate an idealized version of their really don't know what you're getting except it's what the company wants you to know."

SEC chief accountant Lynn Turner said he is concerned about earnings releases that "seem to spin straw into gold" and that "convey an incomplete or inaccurate picture." He calls them "EBS" releases, meaning, "Everything but the Bad Stuff."

Washington Post writer Fred Barbash, citing a number of such releases, said companies are "trying desperately to make losing look like winning." He called it "compassionate accounting."

Barbash, commenting on the NIRI/FEI guidelines, said, "They could be better...whenever hypothetical numbers appear at the top of a release, the real numbers should be at the top as well." The first few lines tend to lead the stories rushed to the public by wire services and picked up on the Internet, he said.

PRSA'S AUDITED LOSS FOR 2000: $678,893

PRSA lost $678,893 on revenues of $8,805,108 in 2000 after a loss of $426,288 in 1999.

Travel expenses soared 23% to a record $717,478 because of increased travel by staffers and members for chapter, ethics, international development, accreditation and strategic planning purposes.

Chapter travel spending ballooned from $8,598 in 1999 to $121,105 in 2000, helped by a meeting of 100+ chapter presidents in New York last June. Costs will be held down for a similar meeting this June, said Catherine Bolton, PRSA president.

While $12,291 was spent on travel for planning in 1999, this grew to $24,111 in 2000. "Global leadership" travel spending went from $188 in 1999 to $12,035 in 2000; APR travel from $19,389 to $30,212; awards travel from $6,884 to $17,001, and general leadership travel from $138,654 to $143,061. PR Student Society of America spent $63,094 in travel in 1999 vs. $63,299 in 2000.

Travel by staffers rose from $69,392 to $76,219.

Tactics and Strategist took in $802,047 in ads and subscriptions but cost $1,368,549 for a loss of $566,502. APR took in $150,074 but cost $591,541 for a loss of $441,467.

"Other publications" (including directories of PR firms and suppliers), netted $55,813 on gross of $216,595 and professional development netted $77,538 on $429,103. Other programs lost money.

The national conference grossed $1,122,545 but cost $1,318,367 for a loss of $195,822.

The Counselors Academy had $497,029 in income but $538,695 in expenses, and awards took in $457,295 but had $529,293 in expenses.

PRSSA continued to cost PRSA about $200K a year as costs climbed 21.7% to $729,545 and income totaled $528,887. Only a small fraction of PRSSA members join PRSA, a study has found.

Cash Improves in First Quarter

Cash and investments totaled $1,274,697 as of Dec. 31, 2000 but this climbed to $1,729,346 as of March 31 because many members pay dues in the first quarter. Payables, which ballooned to $1,034,507 as of Dec. 31, had been cut to $598,793 as of March 31. Receivables were $539,756 at the end of 2000 and $256,945 as of March 31.

Net equity, which was $1,912,843 at the end of 1998, $1,486,555, at the end of 1999, and $807,662 at the end of 2000, climbed back to $1,120,445 as of March 31.

The Deferred Dues account, which PRSA had brought down from $904,767 in 1991 to as low as $169,530 in 1995 when John Beardsley was president, was $1,077,210 as of March 31.

Colletti Joins as CFO

John Colletti, who has been working on a project basis at PRSA, was named CFO. He was at Resources Connection, a spin-off of Deloitte & Touche. From 1995-99, he was VP/finance, Emery Worldwide Airlines. He has a BA in accounting from Queens College and an MBA from St. John's University and is a Certified Management Accountant.

Linda Burnett, VP and director of member services at Virtual, Inc., association management firm, was named chief administrative and member services officer at PRSA.

Internet Edition, May 9, 2001, Page 8



An editorial in the April 30 Advertising Age said Wall Street's "takeover" of Madison Ave is a "good thing." The current round of layoffs to satisfy the Street should be accepted, it says. "A stock that keeps growing over the long haul is a fine employee motivator," said Ad Age.

Maybe ad people can be hired on a seasonal basis, but PR pros need years to cultivate relationships with key press. They need years to understand the companies and industries they represent. They shouldn't be regarded as replaceable parts.

Also, all stocks don't necessarily grow "over the long haul." The stocks of the big three (Interpublic, WPP and Omnicom) have gone nowhere for a year and a half. IPG is 25 points off its high of $58.

Anyone who has any delusions about Wall Street should read the May 14 Fortune cover story on the abuses and conflicts of interest there. Wall Streeters are walking off with inordinate sums while the public and companies in need of capital get shafted. What comes across in 12 pages is the selfishness and ruthlessness of Wall St. and its denizens.

The union of Wall St. and advertising is an odd and dangerous combination.

The ad agencies have dipped into the public till for billions of dollars in investments to open what should be like a public park. But "no trespassing" signs are all over the place. The ad culture, 100% devoted to client aims and hugely secretive, is in conflict with its public ownership. The agencies act like they're still private. Neither IPG, OMC nor WPP has a PR pro to help with press questions; the press is barred from OMC annual meetings; substandard, "pro forma" earnings releases lacking a balance sheet are a habit of these agencies, etc.

A subject unmentioned by Ad Age is the obvious danger of having a half dozen ad agencies control 80% of ads in the U.S. and worldwide.

Visitors to the O'Dwyer website do not like ad agencies taking over PR. By a four-to-one margin, they voted "No" to the question: "Ad agencies' purchase of 13 of the 15 biggest PR firms is good for PR?" We don't think the conglomerates have shown any great talent in buying out smaller ad/PR firms by offering them boxcar prices. The only ones making out from many such deals are the sellers, as consultant A.T. Kearney has noted (4/11 NL).

The era of 20% annual growth for the ad conglomerates may be over. For one thing, there are almost no sizable ad agencies or PR firms left to buy. Also, the SEC's Fair Disclosure Regulation will eventually force the agencies to stop playing favorites with analysts. Reporters are going to be a much tougher audience. Reg FD is good but it does not go far enough. It should order corporate executives to give personal interviews to reporters as well as analysts. Analysts insist on "pressing the flesh" of CEOs and CFOs in order to personally gauge their character and commitment. This is "material information" that reporters should have.

Here are three questions we would have asked the recent IPG teleconference had we been allowed to:

1. If the future of IPG is so rosy, as claimed by CEO John Dooner and CFO Sean Orr, why have the insiders only proposed selling IPG stock instead of buying any shares at all since Jan.
1? (37 insiders have proposed selling $20M of IPG stock.)

2. What pay, bonus and stock cuts are you taking since you have prescribed them for staff?

3. What companies are you now going to acquire?

High executive pay, often topping $100M in a single year, has become the norm at many companies. The top people at the ad conglomerates play in this league. IPG CEO Dooner was paid about $19 million in 1999 although the stock lost more than a third of its value. This included $14.9M in "restricted" stock (stock with the only "restriction" that the person receiving it must stay with IPG four years although this could be cut to one). Dooner also owns 1,085,662 shares worth $35M.

John Wren, CEO of Omnicom, is the beneficial owner of 1,667,313 shares worth about $130M. The value of his "in-the-money" options is worth about $50M. Pay and bonus in 2000 was $3.07M.

PRSA's spending habits (page 7) tell a clear story of insiders feasting on the treasury and dominance by educators and non-profits. The travel bill of $717K is obscene when compared to travel spending of $120K each at IABC and NIRI. The loss of $441K on the APR program ($207K in fees to outsiders!), and $200K on the students shows the influence of the educators. Almost none of these subsidized students ever joins PRSA. Our basic experience of the students is that about 1,000 of them have four days of non-stop parties at national conferences. We would also lay at the educators' doorstep the $528K loss on Tactics and Strategist. PRSA cannot afford two publications. The loss of $195K on the national conference (while NIRI netted $1.4M on its conference) is the reward for PRSA closing its exhibit hall for five years. The spending of $1M on computer hardware and software (for about 35 staffers, or $35K each) is mind-boggling. We also don't know what happened to the five-year $1.25M contract with Ray Gaulke. We asked chair Kathy Lewton when the 250 Assembly delegates would be reachable with one e-mail. She said no one else has asked for this and therefore saw no need for it.


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