Fenton Communications

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Fenton Communications is a public relations firm that was founded by David Fenton in 1982. They describe themselves as the "largest public interest communications firm in the country",[1] and maintain offices in Washington, DC, San Francisco, and New York City.[2][3]


They specialize in public relations for not-for-profit organizations, and state that they do not represent clients that they do not believe in themselves.[1] Their client list includes organizations associated with an array of social issues, but they are most known for their work with liberal causes such as MoveOn.org and Greenpeace.[citation needed] In 2009, Fenton was selected by the Wikimedia Foundation for a $250,000 project to “build the credibility of its popular Wikipedia site and help boost the organization’s fund-raising efforts."[4]

The Center for Global Food Issues criticized Fenton for "spreading fear" related to some environmental issues, such as pesticide control, while having only weak evidence to support their position.[5]

Fenton Communications is closely allied with Environmental Media Services.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Fenton Communications - Who We Are". Archived from the original on February 9, 2006. Retrieved April 16, 2006.
  2. ^ Weeks, Linton (31 May 2007). "Putting the Progressive in PR; David Fenton Has Moved Past Partisan Battles to Confront an Old Foe -- Nuclear Power". Washington Post  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Archived from the original on 10 June 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Lisa Witter of Fenton Communications, Named 2010 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader". Politics and Government Week  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 18 March 2010. Archived from the original on 10 June 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  4. ^ Ciarallo, Joe (August 17, 2009). "Fenton Communications Wins $250k Wikimedia Project". PR Newser. Media Bistro. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  5. ^ Bonner Cohen, et al., ed. "The Fear Profiteers: Do 'Socially Responsible' Businesses Sow Health Scares to Reap Monetary Rewards?" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on May 16, 2006. Retrieved April 16, 2006.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)

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