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A Bit About KLG Public Relations

Headquartered in the Tribeca area of New York City, this new firm was only founded in 2016 and specializes in PR and marketing for wine and spirits.Kate Laufer Gorenstein formed the agency and brings 15 years’ experience in the food, beverage, and hospitality sectors where she won awards. They offer media relations, social media, non-conventional public relations efforts, integrated marketing, and help with influencers as areas of specialization.

Some of their clients include Fernet-Branca, Hochstadters, Templeton Rye, Teeling Irish Whiskey, and Kerrygold Irish Cream. Their campaigns have been published in Brides, Huffington Post, Daily Beast, Town & Country, Munchies, Esquire, The Washington Times, and many more just in the month of August 2017. Do you want a little taste of their work? Check them out on Instagram.

Porter Novelli Adds New Zealand’s Strahan Wallis in CA office and Raj Iver in New York

Strahan Wallis has been with Porter Novelli in their New Zealand office and will be moving to Southern California to be managing director for that region – covering ground from Los Angeles to San Diego. Wallis will report to PN’s North America President, Jennifer Swint. His previous work includes efforts in technology, food, financial services, health, and agriculture sectors. Raj Iver was hired to become SVP over the Strategic Planning, Research, and Analysis team in their New York office. Iver will report to North America’s lead for that division, Carrie Schum.

Surkus Chooses 5W Public Relations

Surkus, a company that brings the ideal crowd to different venues for local events, just brought on one of America’s 15th largest independently owned PR firms, 5WPR, as their agency of record. The PR firm has already got a campaign under way to showcase Surkus as a revolutionary innovator to help cities and businesses connect directly with their consumers. In just two years the company has increased to 150K+ members, helping 750+ businesses. In the first 30 days of the relationship, 5WPR has secured feature stories including The New York Times, Mashable, CNBC and more – not bad for a start-up company.

Anderson Leaves Post With MWWPR

Kyle Anderson has been with MWWPR for less than a year as their chief of staff, so MWWPR is looking for someone to fill the spot again. After less than 10 months, Anderson returned to his previous position with Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) for personal reasons. The DRPA is a regional transportation agency dealing with bridges that go between New Jersey and Pennsylvania crossing the Delaware River. The four bridges that fit this description are the Ben Franklin, Commodore Barry, Walt Whitman, and Betsy Ross bridges. Anderson, like many with MWWPR, has strong connections to the Democratic Party, including him being the 2016 National Convention Committee press relations director when it was held in Philadelphia.

Special Counsel Subpoenaed Lobbying Firms Working With Flynn and Manafort

In the ongoing investigation about whether President Trump’s campaign worked with Moscow to tamper with the outcome of the 2016 Presidential election, special counsel Robert Mueller has issued several subpoenas. These are going to lobbying and consulting firms associated with Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort. Subpoenas have been issued to Mercury Public Affairs, Flynn Intel Group, and SGR LLC. No word so far on if Podesta Group, also tied to Mercury has been pulled into the investigation.

Mueller’s team has also been questioning people associated with both firms and work done by them for the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine, work on behalf of Turkey, and its president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Flynn currently is in negotiations for immunity in exchange for his testimony – asking for the deal with the FBI, as well as the House and Senate intelligence committees.

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