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Torossian Organized Victory Bash for Adams

Wed, Nov. 3, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Eric Adams5W Public Relations CEO Ronn Torossian organized the victory celebration for his good friend and incoming NYC mayor Eric Adams that was held Election Night at downtown Manhattan's Zero Bond.

HRW Wants Halt in Sale of Surveillance Technology

Fri, Jul. 30, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Human Rights WatchHuman Rights Watch today called for governments to suspend the trade of surveillance technology until a regulatory framework to protect the rights of individuals/groups is in place. That demand follows a report that Pegasus spyware developed by Israel-based NSO Group was used to track journalists and activists.


Mercury Adds Trade/Sanctions Pro Kucik

Wed, Jun. 9, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Peter KucikPeter Kucik, a seven-year veteran of the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, has joined Mercury as managing director in DC.

B-M Alum Smith Takes COS Post for Sen. Bennet

Fri, Apr. 23, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Jess SmithJess Smith, who was managing director of operations in Burson-Marsteller's public affairs & crisis group, is now chief of staff for Colorado Senator Michael Bennet.

FGH Reps Melinda Gates' Social Project

Thu, Apr. 15, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Pivotal VenturesFinsbury Glover Hering has picked up Pivotal Ventures, the investment and incubation company launched by Melinda Gates to advance social progress in the US.

Qatar Passes Government Affairs Work to ISG

Mon, Mar. 8, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Heath ShulerQatar has signed a $30K monthly government affairs contract with Integrated Strategy Group, the firm co-founded by former Democratic Congressman and National Football League quarterback Heath Shuler.

Teneo Takes WestExec Advisors Stake

Mon, Mar. 1, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

WestexecTeneo has acquired a minority stake in WestExec Advisors, the DC geopolitical firm that was co-founded by secretary of state Tony Blinken, and adds former senator Chris Dodd as senior advisor.

SKDKnickerbocker's Dunn Rejoins Team Biden 

Fri, Jan. 15, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Anita DunnAnita Dunn, founding member SKDKnickerbocker who returned to the firm after advising the Biden/Harris ticket, is rejoining Team Biden to work on the transition.

Boris Johnson's Communications Director Quits

Thu, Nov. 12, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Lee CainUK prime minister Boris Johnson is losing his communications director as Lee Cain, a former Vote Leave official, plans to call it quits early next year.

KP Promotes California Earthquake Warning System

Thu, Oct. 1, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

EarthquakeKP Public Affairs is handling PR for the launch of California’s “Don’t Get Caught Off Guard” campaign to educate people about the Golden State’s earthquake warning system. Ad agency Pulsar is the lead on the push.

FDA External Affairs Chief Wagner is Out

Wed, Sep. 2, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

John WagnerFDA external affairs chief John "Wolf" Wagner, a political appointee of president Trump, is out as fallout continues from commissioner Stephen Hahn's misstatements about benefits blood plasma to treat COVID-19.

SKDKnickerbocker Pushes California Voter Drive

Mon, Aug. 31, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Vote Safe CaliforniaSKDKnickerbocker is working the $35M “Vote Safe California” marketing communications program to bolster voter participation in the November election.

Three Steps to Save the Presidential Debates

Tue, Aug. 11, 2020

By Paul Oestreicher

Paul estreicherPundits who believe the presidential debates should be scrapped display the classic “throw the baby out with the bathwater” reaction. Let’s fix them instead.

De Blasio's Press Aide Joins SKDKnickerbocker

Wed, Jul. 15, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Olivia LapeyrolerieOlivia Lapeyrolerie, first deputy press secretary for New York mayor Bill de Blasio, is exiting City Hall for a VP slot at Democratic PR firm SKDKnickerbocker.

Xenophon Touts Uzbekistan's ESG Progress

Tue, Jun. 23, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

UzbekistanXenophon Strategies has a nearly $600K contract with Uzbekistan designed to highlight its progress on improving human rights with the goal of ending the cotton boycott erected against the former Soviet republic.

State Dept. Lobbyist Resigns in Protest

Fri, Jun. 19, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Mary Elizabeth MajorMary Elizabeth Taylor, one of the highest-ranking Black officials in the Trump administration, has resigned to protest the president 's handling of racial issues.