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Posts Tagged ‘Governor Andrew Cuomo’

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Administration Can Make Its Own News, Thanks

Here’s a quick one we thought we’d run after yesterday’s House of Cards discussion.

While every PR person worth his or her salt will develop a close relationship with media contacts, some politicians’ offices try to bypass the traditional media entirely. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s administration, for example, decided to start issuing its own weekly “State of New York” video reports last Friday. Here’s the first “webisode”:

Skeptical? You’re not the only one.

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Should The Law Require Nonprofits to Reveal Their Donor Lists?

Transparency is always a good thing, right? Maybe not. Nonprofit organizations in New York State, for example, aren’t happy about having to comply with Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s 2011 ethics law, which requires tax-exempt organizations to release lists of donors who contribute more than $5,000.

The issue they raise concerns donors’ privacy and personal safety. The law doesn’t just affect shadowy groups with “freedom” or “victory” in their names that solicit millions to pay for presidential candidates’ attack ads: it also includes groups that support and oppose abortion rights, gay marriage, and other hot-button topics. A disappointing number of people are so politically fanatical that they won’t hesitate to leave threatening messages and even take direct action against those who contribute to these groups. In fact, the state legislature already ruled that Naral Pro-Choice New York doesn’t have to comply.

Representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union say that their donors shouldn’t have to deal with such harassment either.

We get this. It’s a legitimate concern. But nonprofit groups (also known as “lobbying” groups) will only gain greater influence on American politics in the years to come, especially after the Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case. Is it really fair to exempt them from paying the same taxes levied on every other business or organization without requiring them to disclose what it is, exactly, that they do?

Would a federal law requiring groups that don’t have to pay taxes to let us know who’s funding their operations really be such a bad thing? And wouldn’t transparency be good PR for these groups?

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Spokeswoman Leaves for CNN

Allison GollustThere’s a new job opening for an ambitious, politically-minded PR professional in the greater New York area: Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s spokeswoman Allison Gollust stepped down from her post today after just four months on the job to return to what would seem to be her first love: broadcast television.

Gollust will now serve as head of communications for CNN. This isn’t an unprecedented move; Gollust previously worked in various communications roles within the NBC organization under newly appointed CNN president Jeff Zucker. Both left the network after its takeover by Comcast.

In her new role as senior vice president, communications, Gollust will serve as official spokeswoman for the brand in additional to managing all PR initiatives and overseeing the 24/7 news channel’s messaging strategy.

Christa Robinson, who served in the senior VP position for 13 years, will leave CNN according to a memo sent to staff by Zucker and reprinted on sister site TVNewser.

Will the newly reunited team be able to turn CNN around? Only time will tell.