Public affairs

We undertake public policy work for clients including direct lobbying of public officials and influencing public opinion. Our public affairs companies include:

  • Burson-Marsteller, and its subsidiaries:
    • –BKSH
    • –Direct Impact
    • –Penn, Schoen & Berland
  • Hill & Knowlton, and its affiliate, Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates
  • Ogilvy Government Relations, an arm of Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide
  • Timmons and Company
  • Quinn Gillespie & Associates
  • Dewey Square Group
  • Public Strategies

The majority of our public affairs work is undertaken for clients in the US.

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. In the US, this means lobby firms are required by law to register the names of clients on whose behalf they contact legislators or executive branch personnel.

When our companies represent a coalition they do not mask the underlying client.

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.