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Pharma’s digital marketing in crosshairs, as FTC’s plan to curb ‘commercial surveillance’ gains steam

An FTC proposal to tamp down on surveillance marketing is getting a boost from Planned Parenthood and others seeking limits on the use of health data.

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KFF: Overturning of Roe boosted Democratic candidates nationally and in key states during midterms

Ultimately, abortion rights proposals won out in five states that had measures on the ballot this fall.

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Deeply divided nation. Or are we? We have it completely wrong

There are a few major points that a strong majority of Americans agree on, says Mercury Analytics’ Ron Howard.

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Russia puts Richard Edelman, Karine Jean-Pierre on latest sanction list

Leaders from APCO Worldwide, SKDK, Brunswick and other firms were among the 200 to be sanctioned.

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Midterms provided hope for a more civil discourse

Pre-election predictions failed to come to fruition as many voters rejected election deniers and low-quality candidates.

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UN tells PR sector: ‘Show how you’re fighting greenwashing’

PR and public affairs agencies should disclose what they are doing to combat greenwashing, according to a major new UN report.

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7 campaigns hoping to sway voters ahead of the midterms

As the race for the House and Senate comes to a close tomorrow (Nov. 8), these campaigns are trying to sway voters in creative ways.

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Forbes Tate Partners buys digital media shop Engage

The two firms are making it official after a long-running partnership.

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Former Cuomo, Christie aide Maria Comella launches consultancy

Comella has also advised Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and George W. Bush.

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Media watchdogs and DE&I advocates rebuke Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition

Stop the Deal coalition warns that Musk’s ownership makes marginalized groups more vulnerable on Twitter.

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Let’s not talk ourselves into a recession

Financial results season has increased talk of an economic downturn in 2023 but the picture is still very confused and many companies continue to post good numbers — so the prevailing narrative should not be all doom and gloom.

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Advertising addresses the climate emergency

The Ad Net Zero global climate action initiative aims to convene international efforts to decarbonize the marketing industries.

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Hill+Knowlton hires senior vice-president for global public affairs

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has announced the appointment of Ann-Nina Finne, formerly of Ikea owner from Ingka Group, as senior vice president for global public affairs.

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Qorvis providing PR support for South Korea

The contract runs through the end of this year.

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Cannabis brands, advocacy orgs react to Biden marijuana pardon

Biden also said his administration would review how marijuana is scheduled under federal law.

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Few legislative wins, many investigations: How companies should prepare for the new Congress

Organizations are understandably nervous they could be called to testify as Republicans wield their new investigative power.

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Why a midterm ‘red wave’ will put companies’ ESG efforts on the chopping block

Experts predict the Republicans will win at least one house of Congress and wield their power against ‘woke’ corporations.

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Smart investment or ‘woke’ capitalism? Why ESG is the latest political fault line

PR agencies are at the front of counseling clients on how to respond to attacks on ESG investments.

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Get ready for a flood of green public affairs spending

For companies in sustainability industries, it’s time to spend, due to funding from the Inflation Reduction Act.

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The government has a monkeypox comms problem

Healthcare PR experts are unimpressed by messaging about the virus, demanding more urgency and clarity as cases rise.

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National Association of Manufacturers goes digital this election season

Jamie Hennigan VP of strategic communications at the National Association of Manufacturers on the NAM's digital campaign, #TruthOnTheTrail.

DC Influencer: Reinout Oussoren, Northern Power Systems

We're a small manufacturer and work primarily with lobbying firms or industry groups doing the lobbying. We provide a strong voice to industry associations such as the American Wind Energy Association and Distributed Wind Energy Association.

E-cigarette maker VMR's Seth Coblentz on why regulation is a drag

Alison Kanski talks to VMR's general counsel on regulation, international trade, and more.

What is a lobbyist? The McCormick Group's John Hesse says it's about communication

John Hesse II, a consultant on law and government affairs at The McCormick Group, discusses lobbying and PR.

The communications goals and strategies of Black Lives Matter

Shanelle Matthews, lead communications strategist for Black Lives Matter, tells Dipka Bhambhani about driving conversations from the 'hood to the White House.