Peter G. Kelly

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Peter G. Kelly (born 1938) is an American lobbyist and political consultant. He received the 2015 Luminary Award in The World Affairs Council of CT.[1]


After education at Georgetown University and Yale Law School.[2] Kelly founded his own law firm, Updike, Kelly and Spellacy.


He served as Democratic National Committee finance chair, 1981-1985.[3] He served as senior political advisor to Albert Gore, Jr. in 1988 and 2000, Bill Clinton in 1992 and 1996, and John Kerry in 2004.[4]

Kelly was a founding partner Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly (BMSK) and its successor, Black, Kelly, Scruggs & Healey (BKSH & Associates), one of the most powerful lobbying firms in the United States, owned by public relations powerhouse Burson-Marsteller.

Activity in international relations[edit]

After retiring from BKSH, Kelly worked with The PBN Company,[4] has served as Vice Chairman of International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES), as director and treasurer for the National Democratic Institute, and as Managing Director of Burson-Marsteller in Latin America. Currently he is the Chairman of IFES's Board.[5]


  1. ^ "Luminary Award 2015: Honoring Peter G. Kelly". Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  2. ^ CNA Corporation - Peter G. Kelly
  3. ^ The Slickest Shop In Town, Time Magazine, May 3, 1986
  4. ^ a b Access PBN: Our Leaders
  5. ^ "Board". IFES. Retrieved Oct 16, 2009. 

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