The PR professionals who are tasked with protecting public relations jobs and protecting brands from harm can sometimes get caught in a lie.
Here are some examples: The PR company that did PR for Donald Trump Donald Trump is now under fire for allegedly failing to report its ties to a Russian oligarch.
The PR firm that has been criticized for being the subject of an investigation by the FBI for allegedly violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution has been accused of violating a federal law that prohibits lobbying on behalf of foreign governments.
The public relations firm that once ran Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign has now been accused by the Department of Justice of using its relationship with Trump to “bribe and intimidate the media to do its bidding.”
This isn’t the first time a public relations PR firm has been found guilty of violating laws meant to protect journalists.
For instance, PR firm JWT in 2016 was accused of using a federal contract to pressure a major news outlet to publish negative stories about a Trump campaign official.
The New York Times published an investigation into the company, concluding that JWT was “a shill for a Russian business group” and that it “was the source of the leaks that embarrassed President Trump’s White House.”
JWT, which is based in St. Louis, Missouri, was also accused of paying lobbyists for the Trump campaign and its allies.
This story is from the February 2017 issue of The Verge.
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