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Blicksilver Reps Barrack as Feds Probe Trump Committees

Fri, Dec. 14, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Tom BarrackCrisis and financial PR pro Owen Blicksilver represents billionaire real estate developer Tom Barrack, as federal prosecutors probe whether foreign entities contributed to Donald Trump's inaugural committee and a pro-Trump political action committee. (1 reader comment)

APCO Reps China's Huawei

Fri, Dec. 7, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Meng WanzhouAPCO Worldwide represents Huawei, Chinese telecommunications giant that is at the heart of the US battle with China on the technology and trade fronts. (1 reader comment)

Amazon Kicks LIC Move to SKDKnick

Wed, Dec. 5, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Amazon LICAmazon is expected to hire Democratic firm SKDKnickerbocker to counter growing local opposition to its plan to open a 4M sq. ft. campus in Long Island City, Queens. (6 reader comments)

Insight Adds Lobbying Juice to Juul

Wed, Dec. 5, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

JuulJuul Labs, which controls the lion's share of the US e-cigarette market, has hired Insight Public Affairs to handle Food & Drug Administration regulatory matters and for a push about the value of vaping products in “harm reduction.”

Mercury Flacks for GOP Hack Crisis

Tue, Dec. 4, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Ian PriorMercury Public Affairs is supporting the National Republican Congressional Committee handle the crisis connected to news that it was hacked during the 2018 election cycle. (1 reader comment)

Google Chief Prepares for Congressional Grilling

Mon, Dec. 3, 2018

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianGoogle CEO Sundar Pichai has been called to testify before the House Judiciary Committee this week on allegations of bias by the search engine against conservatives. (1 reader comment)

Sandberg’s Story Doesn’t Check Out

Fri, Nov. 30, 2018

By Jon Gingerich

Sheryl SandbergFacebook COO Sheryl Sandberg may have known more about recent attempts to link the site's critics to billionaire financier George Soros than previously acknowledged, according to a Nov. 29 New York Times report. (2 reader comments)

Study Ranks Crises that Offend Consumers Most

Thu, Nov. 29, 2018

By Jon Gingerich

Morning Consult study ranks crises that offend consumers mostOffensive comments made by a CEO are far less likely to impact consumers’ perceptions of a company than any number of other trespasses, according to a report that ranked what public scandals upset consumers most. (2 reader comments)

Zuckerberg Pushes Back in Defense of Executives

Mon, Nov. 26, 2018

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianAfter a year of PR beatings, many are now openly calling for Facebook to push out and replace some of the company’s leaders. (1 reader comment)


PR Tips for Thriving in a Crisis

Mon, Nov. 19, 2018

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianWhen you find yourself in the midst of a PR crisis, what you do in those early moments goes a long way toward determining whether you’ll make it out, or if the crisis will define your brand going forward. (5 reader comments)

Definers Defines Facebook Mission

Fri, Nov. 16, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

DefinersDefiners Public Affairs said today that Facebook didn't hire it to do "opposition research," as reported by the New York Times on Nov. 14. The social media giant fired the firm following the NYT article. (5 reader comments)

PR Tips for Crisis Preparation

Mon, Nov. 12, 2018

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianFive things a company can do to turn a potential disaster into a branding opportunity. (3 reader comments)

Braithwaite Handles Jersey Virus Outbreak

Fri, Nov. 9, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

BraithwaitePhiladelphia's Braithwaite Communications is handling crisis PR chores for the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, where an outbreak of adenovirus beginning in September killed 10 and sickened at least 19 more severely disabled children.

Priest Challenges Church Message on Abuse Scandal

Mon, Nov. 5, 2018

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianOne priest’s calls for the resignation of a cardinal has allegedly made him a target for the Catholic Church, establishing contradictory messaging as the church attempts to handle its ongoing child sexual abuse scandal. (8 reader comments)


Publicis Monitors Khashoggi Developments

Wed, Oct. 31, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Maurice LevyPublicis Groupe chairman Maurice Levy says the French ad/PR combine, owner of Qorvis Communications—Saudi Arabia’s go-to PR firm—is monitoring developments in the investigation into the Oct. 2 murder of Washington Post contributor and Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi. (2 reader comments)

Campbell Sends Lobbyist Packing

Tue, Oct. 30, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Kelly JohnstonCampbell Soup fired VP-government affairs Kelly Johnston for spreading false information that billionaire philanthropist George Soros was funding the caravan of people from Central America heading for the US. (4 reader comments)

UK Slaps Facebook’s Wrist for Cambridge Analytica

Thu, Oct. 25, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Cambridge AnalyticaBritain’s Information Commissioner’s Office today fined Facebook nine minutes of annual revenues for its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which data of 87M FB users 'harvested' without their consent.

Bombs Sent to Obama, Hillary Clinton

Wed, Oct. 24, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Suspicious packages sent to CNN, Clintons, ObamasThe Secret Service said today that it found two explosive devices in mail sent to the former president Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. (3 reader comments)

Senator Targets Saudi Propaganda, Trump Ties

Tue, Oct. 23, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Richard BlumenthalConnecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal is probing Saudi Arabia's social media activity and ties to Donald Trump in the aftermath of the murder of Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. (7 reader comments)

Mnuchin to Skip Saudi's 'Davos in the Desert'

Thu, Oct. 18, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Steve MnuchinTreasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has decided to skip the so-called "Davos in the Desert" summit in Saudi Arabia in the aftermath of the murder, torture, dismemberment and beheading of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. (3 reader comments)