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New York, NY
SKDKnickerbocker is a progressive public relations and political consulting firm that specializes in working for Democratic Party politicians. It has offices in Washington, DC, New York City, and Albany, NY. The firm employs notable figures like former Obama White House Communications Director Anita Dunn and former recording industry lobbyist Hilary Rosen.
The firm was formed in 2004 when Squier Knapp Dunn Communications and Knickerbocker Consulting merged. In 2010, they took the name SKDKnickerbocker to "formalize the merger."
SKDK's current and former political clients include Barack Obama, Andrew Cuomo, Michael Bloomberg, Christine Quinn. The firm was reportedly hired by women's rights and birth control advocate Sandra Fluke.
In 2011, the firm was hired to coordinate a lobbying campaign called "WIN America" calling for hundreds of billions in tax breaks on corporate profits made overseas. The firm was paid by Kaplan University to lobby against regulation of the for-profit education industry.
In October 2015, the firm was acquired by The Stagwell Group, of which Mark Penn is the principal.
Political consulting and communications
SKDKnickerbocker provides political consulting services to political candidates, campaigns, and issue advocacy groups. SKDKnickerbocker describes itself as a full-service public relations practice that offers crisis communications, branding, marketing, media training, digital/social media advice and message development.
Allegations of lobbying
The firm is reported to benefit from access to the Obama White House. An April 2012 article quoted an unnamed senior Democrat: "It’s an open secret in the Dem consultant community that SKD has been signing up clients based on ‘perceived White House access’ tied to prior relationships and employment." The firm however does not meet the standard, legal definition of lobbying and is not registered to lobby the federal government.
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