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Madonna Hires PR Help for Next Image Makeover

Madonna with her Malawian son David Banda in 2007.

Madonna has run into some major problems with her charitable organization Raising Malawi, and she’s brought in some big-time PR help to fix them.

Madge’s organization, which works to help children affected by AIDS, was meant to open a school in the African nation, but is now facing accusations that £2.4million intended for the effort has been wasted.

Madonna has dumped the board (The Daily Mail notes that no one on the board has been accused of wrongdoing) and hired “The Masters of Disasters,” publicists Mark Fabiani and Chris Lehane, to help turn around the organization’s image.

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Goldman Sachs Bolsters PR With Democratic Strategist Mark Fabiani

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All eyes will be on Goldman Sachs today, as CEO Lloyd Blankfein and executive Fabrice Tourre, who was named in the SEC fraud charges currently being faced by the investment bank, appear for a Senate hearing.

Goldman has hired Mark Fabiani [pictured] of Fabiani and Lehane in recent weeks to boost its PR counsel. Fabiani and partner Chris Lehane were known as the “Masters of Disaster” for their crisis P.R. work when they worked for the Clinton White House and campaigns.

PR executives have continuously debated Goldman’s PR strategy. “If we’re talking about Goldman Sachs as a brand, they’re going to be fine. If we’re talking about Lloyd Blankfein, that’s a different story,” Robbie Vorhaus, CEO of Vorhaus Communications told CNBC late yesterday.

Robert Dillenschneider of The Dillenschneider Group said Blankfein “shouldn’t be combative” at the hearings today. More to come…