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January 18, 2016
Register PR People as Lobbyists With the Press? Come On!
A New York State agency is demonstrating the sort of overreach that causes government to have bad PR for good reason. It’s considering classifying PR pros as lobbyists when they contact media outlets about issues of public interest. When a PR agency calls or emails a reporter, it would need to be logged as a public transaction or a hefty fine could be imposed? Come on, now. Whatever the ethics issues may be in Albany, this is definitely a reach too far.

Huffington Post and Innovateli have accounts of the proposed meddling in the information marketplace.

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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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