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Washington's Truly a 'Second Tier' PR Market Now
By: Doug Bedell
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We generally don't cover PR's corporate scene, but we can't help taking note of Thomas B. Edsall's piece in The New York Times on WPP, the London-based conglomerate that's been buying up Washington's PR firms and turning lobbyists there from "backslappers" into the "man in a gray flannel suit." Lobbyists used to be "personally vested in the institution of government," Edsall writes, now they're vested in "bottom-line corporate goals."

"In fact," he adds in a chilling observation, "one could say that the more legislative dysfunction, the more billable hours." This can't be a trend befitting a thriving national polity. Especially when, to WPP, "Washington," says Edsall, "is a profitable second tier market, a city subordinate to the glitter and cash of New York, London, Paris and Buenos Aires.

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About the Author
Doug Bedell has a background in journalism and PR and is the owner of Resource Relations LLC in Central PA, focusing on organizational and crisis communication. He’s the community manager of SimplyFair.net, a social network on fairness. On the Web, Doug’s at www.ResourceRelations.com. On Twitter, he’s @DougBeetle.
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