Paperwork Is Important, Even for the Podesta Group

2016-12-09 by Jason Tannahill
Podesta Group

The Podesta Group is often involved in government campaigns and lobbying efforts – as evidenced by their strong ties to both the Obama White House and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. They know the rules of operation, the paperwork that needs to be filed whenever they represent agencies or governments connected to foreign countries, but OOPS, they didn’t keep current on their filings with the Department of Justice for at least two of these clients – at least during the time frame established by law. Their papers should have been filed (one in 2014 and one in 2015), but they just... Read More >

Is Government PR Too Heavy for Taxpayers?

2016-12-08 by Jason Tannahill
Is Government PR Too Heavy for Taxpayers?

How much do you think should be spent for the U.S. government to tell you what they’ve accomplished? Well here’s the amount that is spent between advertising, private consultancies in public relations, and government employees working in separate press offices for the President as well the various cabinet ministries — $1.4 billion. Separated out, that’s $500 million for the government workers, $800 million for advertising, and $100 million for PR consultancies. Those figures come from a recent report issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). According to Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary for the Obama administration, this administration... Read More >

Can Glenn Beck reinvent himself as the voice of reason?

2016-11-28 by Jason Tannahill
Can Glenn Beck reinvent himself as the voice of reason?

Popular media personalities have been all over the map about the recent election. But one who has remained staunchly aligned with his rhetoric throughout is media mogul and perennial outsider Glenn Beck. Owner of The Blaze radio and Internet media brands, Beck has been the face of GOP discontent with Trump almost since the beginning. But now that the election is over and Trump is the President-elect, Beck was one of the first to call for reconciliation. The man who made his career shouting down and pointing fingers at the other side says Trump’s campaign has taught him a lot... Read More >

News from MWW PR, Edelman, Steve Bannon, and Stephan Huvane

2016-11-23 by Aaron Sarno

What MWW PR and Wakefield Research’s HerVoice Survey Shows The HerVoice Survey of 1000 adults in the US, commissioned by MWWPR and Wakefield Research, looked at gender-based bias issues and the glass ceiling for women. The survey asked respondents what they perceive and expect from both female and male leadership in companies. They got responses indicating that stereotypes about women in leadership being weak had not changed significantly over the past few decades. The survey was done prior to the Presidential election during October. Most participants indicated that they believe men are more likely to be stronger at increasing the... Read More >

Republican PR Firms Likely To Benefit From 2016 Elections

2016-11-22 by Richard D. Pace
Which PR Firms Lose Ground After Trump Victory?

Nobody is going to argue that the 2016 political campaigns were filled with twist, turns, finger-pointing, mud-slinging, and more than one metaphorical fist raised in anger and frustration. That brought on a lot of long hours for those working from the PR side of campaigns, though many feel that President-elect Trump was in full charge of PR at almost every step of his campaign. PR as a profession tends to lean a bit more to the left and blue than to the right and red, but with such a surprising conservative victory, right-leaning PR firms stand to benefit. Let’s take... Read More >

Which PR Firms Lose Ground After Trump Victory?

2016-11-21 by Jason Tannahill
Which PR Firms Lose Ground After Trump Victory?

There are some PR firms likely to lose something with the shift in power to a dominant Republican Congress as well as an incoming President Trump. So who will be some of the PR losers with the shift in power? Let’s take a look at four of them: The Podesta Group John and Tony Podesta founded the group in 1998, though different names have graced the agency over the years. Their headquarters is in DC, but where else would it be? Their ties to the DNC and it’s various candidates and causes are almost legendary. John has not been an... Read More >

Crisis PR & the Pentagon’s Budget

2016-11-10 by Jason Tannahill
Crisis PR and the Pentagon's Budget

For decades a large part of the U.S. federal budget has been attributed to military spending and development. It’s not a secret. But information was released recently about how much of their budget is about PR, and what some would call the propaganda machine. The sad truth is that the current annual budget for PR in its various forms – public employees and private contractors – for the government is over $1 billion. About 63% of that was spent by the Pentagon is accounted for by PR. Interestingly, only 40% of the PR employees of the government work for the... Read More >

Wonder Woman named UN “ambassador” amid protests

2016-10-31 by Archie Obrien
Wonder Woman named UN “ambassador” amid protests

The United Nations created an uproar when it named DC Comics’ Amazon Princess “Wonder Woman” a “special ambassador” in honor of the character’s 75th birthday. The honorific chosen was “Special Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls” and you might think that would be a positive thing. And it was … just not for everyone. Protestors both inside and outside the UN chambers let their opinion be known that the honor should have been given to, well, a real woman. Others were upset that such a “sexualized” character was bestowed with the honor. As what was supposed to be... Read More >

Canada Tells America It’s Great: A Happy PR Campaign

2016-10-28 by Jason Tannahill
Canada Tells America It's Great: A Happy PR Campaign

As our Presidential campaign continues, there have been a lot of doom and gloom feelings and predictions. One of Trump’s campaign slogans has been “Make America Great Again.” Some declare we still are, while others are terrified about the possibilities of conflicts in the Middle East, the Supreme Court turn-over, whether Roe v. Wade will be overturned, and the staggering national debt. It’s a lot to think about. That isn’t helped by the negativity of the campaigns either. So what do our neighbors to the north decide to do with the help of The Garden, a PR agency based in... Read More >

A Syrian “No Fly” Zone and the PR Connection

2016-10-26 by Jason Tannahill
A Syrian "No Fly" Zone and the PR Connection

Syrian refugees and Aleppo are all over the news and social media, and to a great extent that’s because of the efforts of a PR company called the Syrian Campaign. Yes, that’s right, though they say they are a non-political and impartial voice for the Syrian people. James Sadri, the strategy director for the PR firm, said: “We see ourselves as a solidarity organization. We’re not being paid by anybody to pursue a particular line. We feel like we’ve done a really good job about finding out who the frontline activists, doctors, humanitarians are and trying to get their word... Read More >

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