We undertake public policy work for clients including direct lobbying of public officials and influencing public opinion. The majority of our public affairs work is undertaken for clients in the US, although many of our clients are multinational companies. Our public affairs companies include:
- Burson-Marsteller, and its subsidiaries:
- – Prime Policy Group
- – Direct Impact
- – Penn Schoen Berland
- Hill & Knowlton, and its affiliate, Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates
- Ogilvy Government Relations
- Quinn Gillespie & Associates
- Dewey Square Group.
WPP companies comply with all applicable laws and regulations governing the disclosure of public affairs activities.
In the US, this includes the Lobby Disclosure Act and the Foreign Agent Registration Act, which are designed to achieve maximum transparency on client representation and require lobby firms to register the names of clients on whose behalf they contact legislators or executive branch personnel. It is WPP’s practice that those of its US companies whose sole or primary business is lobbying have representatives of both major political parties among senior management.
We will not undertake work which is intended or designed to mislead. We do not knowingly represent ‘front groups’ (organisations which purport to be independent NGOs but are controlled by another organisation for the purpose of misleading) and seek to ensure we are aware of who the underlying client is before taking on work.