Why does Turnaround for Children Inc. have its own staff publicist?
So it can fritter away donors’ dollars by hiring outside contractors to do the “work” that would otherwise presumably be done by Kate Felsen, who is Turnaround’s mouthpiece-in-chief.
Case in point:
When Turnaround won a $332,500 state, taxpayer-funded grant to promote its alleged work with public-school students at risk, it hired
But the real question is, how much was Lyon paid to create a useless press release?
After all, just two days before, Gov. Andrew Cuomo had issued his own press release announcing the same contract, as you can see here:
We’ve compiled a partial list of SKDKnickerbocker’s clients.
Since the firm refuses to register as an ordinary lobbying firm, we don’t know their full roster of clients:
-– SKDKnickerbocker was hired by Kaplan Education to block Obama’s reforms on for-profit college companies, an industry plagued by low quality education, false promises to students, and fraudulent business practices.
-– SKDKnickerbocker was hired to push for billions in tax breaks for already profitable corporations. As Bloomberg reported, SKDKnickerbocker manages a lobbying campaign called “Win America,” an effort by companies like Google and Pfizer to receive hundreds of billions in tax breaks on profits made overseas.
-– SKDKnickerbocker was hired by a coalition of food manufacturers to fight the Obama administration’s proposals on food nutrition standards. As the Washington Post reported, the firms paying Dunn include General Mills and PepsiCo.
– SKDKnickerbocker consults for Students First, a lobbying group aimed at destroying collective bargaining, and replacing public education with a mix of charters, private schools, and online learning companies.
– SKDKnickerbocker previously worked with the Association of American Railroads, a group representing large railroad companies. When the railroad industry was in a pitched battle with their respective labor unions, SKDKnickberbocker produced ads for the railroad lobby.