Contact O'Dwyer's: 271 Madison Ave., #600, New York, NY 10016; Tel: 212/679-2471; Fax: 212/683-2750
O'Dwyer's Inside News of Public Relations & Marketing Communications - O'Dwyer's Inside News of Public Relations & Marketing Communications - Subscribe to Jack O'Dwyer's Newsletter & get FREE online access plus O'Dwyer's monthly magazin

Return to this week's Newsletter & back issues

O'Dwyer's Newsletter - Dec. 12, 2011 - Vol. 44 - No. 48 (download PDF version)

Page 1 Pages 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8


The CDC’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, which handles environmental health, has tapped Washington, D.C.-based Xenophon Strategies to handle rapid response communications as needed, following an RFP process.

The ATSDR, part of the National Center for Environmental Health, sought pitches to work with its office of communications as its scientists and investigators probe hazardous sites around the U.S.

The PR contract is capped at $10M over 60 months, including one base year and four options.

Xenophon is led by former Air Transport Assn. PR chief David Fuscus. Its government clients have included the General Services Adminstration and U.S. Coast Guard.

The CDC unit issued the RFP in July, when it was engaged with the Environmental Protection Agency on an Exxon crude oil spill in the Yellowstone River.


Tim Roemer, a six-term Democratic congressman from Indiana and former ambassador to India, has joined APCO Worldwide as senior VP. He also will serve in the independent firm’s global political strategies and international advisory council consulting groups.


As ambassador, Roemer led the effort to open India for U.S. goods (India moved from 25th top U.S. trading partner to No. 12) and tackled issues such as money laundering, terror financing and assisted the country on its global center for nuclear energy partnership.

At APCO, he teams with Lalit Mansingh, India’s former ambassador to the U.S., to advise clients on ways to crack Indian market.

In Congress, Roemer was a political centrist remembered for his work on education issues and as an early backer of the Dept. of Homeland Security.

He also served on the 9/11 Commission and the Washington Institute's presidential task force on combating the ideology of radical extremism.

John Lovallo, an agency vet who set up his own New York shop in 2005, has moved to Levick Strategic Communications as a senior VP to establish a New York presence for the D.C. crisis specialty firm. He founded Lovallo Communications Group in 2005 after senior VP stints at Ogilvy PR Worldwide and Makovsky + Company. The move effectively merges LCG into Levick.



A coalition of Canadian oil sands companies has hired the lobbying firm of former Texas Republican Congressman Jack Fields to lobbying on behalf of TransCanada’s controversial Keystone Pipeline designed to transport shale oil from Canada to refineries in the Lone Star State.


The In Situ Oil Alliance is composed of Calgary-based companies Athabasca Oil Sands Corp., Connacher Oil and Gas Ltd., Laricina Energy Ltd., MEG Energy Corp. and Petrobank Energy and Resources is backing the push made by Fields’ Twenty-First Century Group.

Fields, who represented Houston in Congress, reps the coalition on issues related to Canadian oil sands including Keystone, North America-Made Energy Security Act and repeal of Section 526 of the Energy Independence and Security Act, which bans federal purchase of shale oil.

He’s assisted by Jocelyn Hong, former aide to Sen. John Glenn and member of President Clinton’s transition team, and Jay Grimes, a former House Armed Services Committee staffer.

A Congressional showdown on Keystone is slated this week. House Speaker John Boehner plans a vote House on the Middle Class Tax Relief & Job Creation Act, a package that includes extension of the payroll tax cut, extending unemployment insurance and approval of the Keystone pipeline as a job-creation measure.

President Obama, on December 7, promised to veto any payroll tax measure that is linked with Keystone. He plans to rule on Keystone after next year’s election.

TransCanada uses Van Ness Feldman, Bryan Cave, and McKenna Long and Aldridge as its Washington representatives.


Arkansas has kicked off a review of its $1.3M antitobacco PR efforts with an RFP process through late January 2012.

The campaign, dubbed “Stamp Out Smoking,” works to educate adults and youth about tobacco prevention and cessation programs through various forms of media, including PR, grassroots, sponsorships and paid PSAs. It has run in the state in some form since 1993 but was transformed in 2001 with the Master Settlement Agreement between the states and Big Tobacco.

Cranford Johnson Robertson Woods of Little Rock is the incumbent. Proposals are due Jan. 20.

View the RFP:


Page 1 Pages 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8


Copyright © 1998-2020 J.R. O'Dwyer Company, Inc.
271 Madison Ave., #600, New York, NY 10016; Tel: 212/679-2471