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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. (4 reader comments)

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. (1 reader comment)

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. (4 reader comments)

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.

FCC Chief Pai Shuffles PR Team

Mon, May 11, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Tina PelkeyFederal Communications Commission chief Ajit Pai has recast his media team with the departure of press secretary Tina Pelkey, who is joining Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin space company as senior manager, government affairs communication.

Sen. Warren Seeks Ban on 'Risky' Pandemic Mergers

Tue, Apr. 28, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Elizabeth WarrenSenator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) today announced plans to introduce legislation designed to impose a moratorium on "risky" mergers and acquisitions during the COVID-19 pandemic. (1 reader comment)

Ex-Clinton Aide Joins Team Biden

Thu, Mar. 26, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Lily AdamsLily Adams, who was communications director for Kamala Harris’ presidential bid and a spokesperson for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 run for the White House, has joined Unite the Country, the PAC supporting Joe Biden’s campaign, as chief communications officer.

Cuomo Press Aide Collins Moves to MTA

Fri, Sep. 13, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Abbey CollinsNew York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority has recruited Abbey Collins, former press secretary to Empire State Governor Andrew Cuomo, as chief communications officer.

Abernathy MacGregor Opens in DC

Tue, Sep. 10, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Sarah KnakmuhsAbernathy MacGregor has opened a DC office headed by Sarah Knakmuhs, who was VP-government affairs & public policy at Altria, to provide government relations and advisory services to its roster of corporate and financial clients.

Obama Alum Takes NYS Financial Services Post

Tue, Aug. 13, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Nate TurnbullNate Turnbull, who worked in the Obama White House, has been appointed executive deputy for external affairs and strategy for The New York State Department of Financial Services.

California Counts on Mercury PA

Wed, Jul. 10, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

CA CensusMercury Public Affairs has won the competitive pitch to handle outreach and PR for the California 2020 census.

Huckabee Sanders Exits White House

Thu, Jun. 13, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Sarah Huckabee SandersSarah Huckabee Sanders, White House press secretary, is stepping down at the end of the month, according to a tweet from Donald Trump. (1 reader comment)

Hicks Barred From Releasing White House Documents

Wed, Jun. 5, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Hope HicksFormer White House communications director Hope Hicks has been directed by her former employer not to turn over any documents relating to the time she spent in the White House. (8 reader comments)

McLarty Inks Mauritius for UK Border Dispute

Mon, Jun. 3, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Richard BurtMcLarty Inbound is providing strategic communications and advisory services to the African island nation of Mauritius, which is seeking global recognition of its sovereignty over the Chagos Archipelago.

Digital Pro Sinovic Joins Rep. Clarke

Fri, May 31, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Sarah SinovicSarah Sinovic, who had been running her own PA, branding and digital marketing firm in Washington, has joined Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette Clarke's office as communications and digital director.

Hope Hicks Cooperates with House's Trump Probe

Wed, May 22, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Hope HIcksHope Hicks, former White House communications director, is expected to cooperate with the House Judiciary Committee’s investigation into whether Donald Trump obstructed justice.

Trump-Tied Firm Reps Israeli 'Spy' Balloon Maker

Tue, May 21, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

RTKasowitz Benson Torres is providing government relations services to Israel's RT Aerostat Systems, maker of surveillance balloons, with a focus on homeland security and defense matters.

CRC PR Goes to Bat to Trumpís Fed Pick

Mon, Apr. 29, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Stephen MooreCRC Public Relations is providing media support for Stephen Moore, visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation and former Club for Growth president who is president Trump’s pick for a Federal Reserve Board seat.

State Dept. Merges PA, Propaganda Units

Fri, Apr. 12, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Michelle GiudaThe State Dept. has merged its domestic PA bureau with the overseas propaganda arm to form a new global public affairs shop of about 300 staffers.

De Blasio Press Secretary Jumps Ship

Tue, Apr. 9, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Eric PhillipsEric Phillips, press secretary for New York mayor Bill de Blasio, is joining Edelman as senior VP in its crisis and reputation unit as Hizzoner mulls a long-shot presidential run.