– MWW PR and Patricia Lynn Associates, PR Firms Share Space Amidst Contradictory Reports –
Our colleagues in the Public Relations news business are reporting that MWW PR Group – where Anthony Weiner is on the Board of Directors – is “close to finalizing the purchase of Patricia Lynch Associates”, a leading New York lobbying and political shop. This contradicts a report which confirmed the purchase.
A MWW Statement confirmed that Ms. Lynch’s firm is working out of MWWPR Group NYC offices.
Our friends at PR Newser ran the headline “Now the MWW/Anthony Weiner Connection Makes Sense.” One wonders how much lobbying can be done by Anthony Weiner? Can he operate in the dark, without everyone knowing his comings and goings? Seems hard to believe given his high-profile.
Ms. Patricia Lynch’s website notes that the firm “..is now a multinational firm averaging about 100 clients in every sector in four cities.”
Lynch has been named three consecutive times to Crain’s New York’s list of the “50 Most Powerful Women in NY”, she has also been named:
* “100 Most Influential New Yorkers” by Campaign and Elections Magazine;
* “Top 25 Women of Public and Civic Mind” by City and State;
* “The Albany Power 100” by City and State; and,
* “Political Power 80” by the NY Observer.
MWWPR Group acquires Lynch Associates
The Daily News reported that MWW “…had no New York State or city government affairs practice.” The Daily News further reported that Lynch billed $4.2 million in 2014, which followed an investigation by Governor Cuomo into corruption. She paid a $500,000 fine to settle the matter without admitting wrongdoing.
Current New York City Lobbying clients for Patricia Lynch Associates include Related Companies, Coca-Cola, Scholastic Inc., Vornado, Walt Disney and others. Yes, you read that accurately – Anthony Weiner’s PR firm shares space with Walt Disney company. Does it get any better than that? The answer is maybe: If the acquisition happens then Anthony Weiner will be on the board of Walt Disney’s lobbying company.
Update: A Statement released by MWW PR, announces that they are in the process of reviewing new company acquisitions…
“MWWPR is in the process of reviewing several potential acquisitions in the United States and internationally. This review includes, but is not limited to, Patricia Lynch and Associates. During this review period we are working on a number of projects for clients that have retained both MWWPR and PLA, and we are happy to have Ms. Lynch and her New York City team working from our Manhattan offices.”
Everything PR will continue to update this fast moving story as we receive more details.