Peter G. Kelly

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Peter G. Kelly
OccupationLobbyist and political consultant
Awards2015 Luminary Award

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 Al Gore 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. He is a former Chairman of IFES's Board.[5]


  1. ^ "Luminary Award 2015: Honoring Peter G. Kelly". Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ CNA Corporation - Peter G. Kelly Archived 2008-05-13 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ The Slickest Shop In Town, Time Magazine, May 3, 1986
  4. ^ a b Access PBN: Our Leaders Archived 2008-07-06 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Board". IFES. Archived from the original on 2009-03-01. Retrieved Oct 16, 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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