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Congress Targets PR's Role in Shielding 'Kleptocrats'

Fri, Oct. 8, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Tom MalinowskiConcerned that PR firms may be playing a role in covering up the money laundering activities of dictators, criminals, terrorists and 'kleptocrats,' Congress wants to require communicators to report suspicious client activity.


Stripe Theory Protects Rep of Jordan's King

Thu, Oct. 7, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

King AbdullahStripe Theory, the data-based PR, crisis and reputation management firm, provides consulting services to the Royal Hashemite Court regarding potential defamation suits concerning articles about Jordan’s King Abdullah II.

Responding to Mistakes and Crises

Mon, Oct. 4, 2021

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianA glitch on cryptocurrency platform Compound, which resulted in an accidental payout of millions in its COMP tokens to some users, shows why it’s best to apologize and own up to one’s mistakes, as opposed to making threats.


WPP to Pay $19M to Settle SEC Corruption Charges

Fri, Sep. 24, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

WPPWPP agreed today to pay $19M to settle Securities and Exchange Commission charges that it violated anti-bribery and internal accounting controls measures of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. It notes probe covered activity that occurred under former CEO Martin Sorrell. (Updated)


Weber Flies with Blackbird to Combat Disinformation

Tue, Sep. 21, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

WeberWeber Shandwick has joined with BlackbirdAI, the disinformation platform, to offer clients tools to increase their media security by understanding the risks that may damage their businesses.

Public Interest Groups Rap Cuomo on PR Rep

Fri, Sep. 10, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Common Cause New YorkFormer New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision to use campaign funds to pay the salary of PR man Rich Azzopardi violates the state’s election laws, according to Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York.

Ballard Reps Jailed-for-Sedition Awadallah

Fri, Sep. 3, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Bassem AwadallahBallard Partners is representing Bassem Awadallah, US citizen and former advisor to Jordan's royal court and Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison in July for working to plot against Jordan's monarchy.

Time's Up for SKDK

Tue, Aug. 31, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Womens Law CenterThe National Women’s Law Center, which houses and administers the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, has dropped SKDKnickerbocker.

Rudy Giuliani's PR Guru Quits

Mon, Aug. 30, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Rudy GiulianiRudy Giuliani’s PR guru Christianné Allen has finally had enough and has stepped down from her post at Giuliani Communications.

Ex-Cuomo Aides Exit Kivvit

Tue, Aug. 17, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

KivvitRich Bamberger and Josh Vlasto, former aides to disgraced and departing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, have left their managing director jobs at Kivvit. Both served as members of Cuomo's 'inner circle' that advised him on how to fend off sexual harassment charges, according to AG Letitita James' report.

Cuomo's Top Aide DeRosa Quits

Mon, Aug. 9, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Melissa DeRosaMelissa DeRosa, who joined Andrew Cuomo’s staff in 2012 as director of communications, has resigned her job as top strategist to New York’s embattled governor.


Taliban Assassinate Afghanistan's Media Chief

Fri, Aug. 6, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Dawa Khan MeenapalThe Taliban today murdered Dawa Khan Meenapal, who headed Afghanistan’s government media & information office, as he was traveling in Kabul.


Amazon Reputation Under Fire for EU Data Violation

Thu, Aug. 5, 2021

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianThe fine recently levied against Amazon for failing to comply with the EU’s data protection laws is the latest accusation that the e-commerce giant uses vast troves of user data to give itself an unfair advantage in the marketplace.


Teneo Turns to Ex-Xerox Chief Burns

Tue, Jul. 6, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Ursula BurnsTeneo has appointed Ursula Burns, senior advisor and former Xerox CEO, chairwoman in the aftermath of the Declan Kelly scandal and his June 29 exit from the firm.

Champlain Towers Condo Board Calls Levick

Wed, Jun. 30, 2021

By Jon Gingerich

Champlain Towers South CondominiumThe Champlain Towers South Condominium Association, the homeowners association that manages the Surfside, Fla. Champlain Towers South condo complex that partially collapsed on June 24, has retained crisis communications firm Levick.