Congressional Member’s Report Card

Congressional Member’s Report Card

Doubting Science. Why?

Trojan Horses


  • 1.Edelmanis the largest independently owned PR company, with 46 offices and 50 affiliates around the world. PR firms like Edelman “have played a critical role over the years in framing the debate on climate change and its solutions – as well as the extensive disinformation campaigns launched to block those initiatives.
  • 2.Weber Shandwick Worldwide (WSW) the world’s largest public relations company. It is a privately held firm.WSW has been heavily criticized for its work for the Japanese Whaling Association and its work for the New Zealand government-owned logging company Timberlands. WSW owns Planet 2050, a PR firm marketed as “socially responsible”, which claims to help businesses “navigate the environmental and social challenges needed to operate in a planet under pressure.”
  • 3.Fleishman-Hillard is a public relations company with a global network of offices as well as offices in 22 cities in the United States. It is owned by Omnicom. In the US it has “managed crises for the oil, railroad, airline, meat, poultry, produce and high-tech communications industries. Currently is on retainer for the Partnership for Food Safety Education.
  • 4.Ketchum is a large public relations agency employing over 1100 people across 21 offices and with 35 affilliates around the world. Ketchum has worked for the following federal agencies, Education Department, Internal Revenue Service and Department of Health and Human Services, to “change the face of Medicare.”
  • 5.Porter Novelli International is a PR and lobbying firm. It is part of the Omnicom Group of advertising and marketing companies. Porter Novelli’s U.S. expertise as including “product recalls, tampering, environmental and natural disasters, regulatory and legislative issues, labor and factory incidents.