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Chevron has fired Ogilvy Government Relations over what the now former client calls a conflict of interest. The company was Ogilvy’s third largest lobbying client, with the firm making $600,000 in 2011 for its work. According to reports from Ad Age and Bloomberg, Felipe Benitez from the company’s PR arm, spoke to Amazon Watch, an organization that works on behalf of indigenous people. Chevron is involved in a legal battle over alleged toxic dumping in Ecuador. Ad Age is also reporting that Ogilvy PR’s relationship with Yasuni National Rainforest has been put on hold. Ogilvy Government Relations made $20 million from 70 clients in 2011.

Susan Blond Inc. has been chosen as AOR for The System Within (TSWMall.com), an interactive members-only network that launches this summer. The firm is helping with the next phase of the launch.

Canadian Rockies Golf has reupped with Buffalo Communications. Buffalo, which has worked with the company since 2009, will provide services for the client’s six properties in Western Alberta, Canada, including the Canmore Golf & Curling Club and The Fairmont Banff Springs.

Wendy Brandes Jewelry has chosen House of Success for media relations, product placement, celebrity outreach and other services in order to build awareness for the jewelry brand.

Chain restaurant brand Red Robin Gourmet Burgers has replaced its AOR Linhart PR with Coyne PR after a competitive search that included a total of 12 firms. [via]

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