“The More You Make, The Less Taxes You Pay” Is A Fast-Burning Wick

The nation’s largest corporation is also the best in the U.S. at skirting taxes. Despite profits of $14.2 billion in 2010, General Electric did not have to pay any U.S. taxes last year. According to The New York Times, “Its extraordinary success is based on an aggressive strategy that mixes fierce lobbying for tax breaks […]

Chrysler Cursed

NMS Statement Concerning Chrysler

Chrysler cursed on Twitter. What’s the big fucking deal? Bad judgment is the BFD. According to Ad Age, an employee of New Media Strategies who was tweeting from the @ChryslerAutos account wrote: “I find it ironic that Detroit is known as the #motorcity and yet no one here knows how to fucking drive.” Apparently, the […]

Labor’s Taking It To The Streets


Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters is picketing Ross and Nordstrom Rack in downtown Portland. I received a leaflet in front of both stores today. The Council of Carpenters believes Ross and Nordstrom have “an obligation to the community to see that area labor standards are met for construction work performed on their projects.” The […]

Save The Earth, Buy A Chevy

Dan’s post today on Jeff Goodby’s PR efforts on behalf of Chevy led me to look a little closer at the work his agency is producing for the car company. Pretty pictures and Hal Riney-like voice over make for good commericals. But what about this promise to care for the environment? Isn’t that off brand? […]

What Happens When Your Ad Campaign Is Really A PR Campaign

Young & Rubicam is working with Goldman Sachs to improve the Wall Street firm’s reputation, as it begins to emerge from years of public scrutiny regarding it pay and business practices. According to The New York Times, Goldman’s “Progress is Everyone’s Business,” campaign is running in national, regional and local newspapers and on various web […]

The Strong Arm of Chevron Throttles Its Shareholding Critics

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Chevron is pursuing legal action against one of its small shareholders. Antonia Juhasz, who runs the energy program at San Francisco-based advocacy group Global Exchange, used her 14 shares to attend the Chevron annual shareholders meeting and disrupt it. She was removed from the meeting and arrested outside […]

Everybody’s Selling Something, Pretty Much All The Time

What did you just see in the Fox News segment above? Was it an ad? James Rainey of Los Angeles Times believes it is. And he reports that TV stations who have a legal obligation to reveal the relationship between a marketer and paid spokesperson, are failing to do so. According to Rainey, toy expert […]

Mormons Get A Brand Makeover

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word “Mormon”? If you’re like most people, your answer is probably polygamy, Utah or missionaries. But the Church of Later Day Saints is much bigger than that. In fact, it’s big enough to include surfers, skate rats and motorcycle riders. [via Make The Logo […]