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March 22, 2012

For Immediate Release Podcast Host Praises PRSA Advocacy Campaign

Influential public relations industry blogger Shel Holtz, co-host of the popular weekly podcast, For Immediate Release, has praised the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)’s advocacy and lobbying program. In a blog post published March 22, 2012, Holtz writes that PRSA’s efforts to educate the U.S. Senate about the role and value of public relations offers a “compelling” reason for public relations professionals to join PRSA.
“Most PRSA members must be grateful that their dues dollars are being used to represent their interests and protect their reputation,” Holtz writes. “Those of us who aren’t members are also happy there’s an association out there willing to proactively serve the profession’s interests in the face of what could easily devolve into a politically-motivated witch hunt.”
Holtz says that “PRSA is offering a lesson in advocacy” in its lobbying campaign in response to a Senate investigation into government use of public relations and advertising services. That campaign began with a series of letters sent to Sen. Rob Portman (R–Ohio) and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D–Mo.), who are leading the Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee investigation, along with an op-ed published in Roll Call and various commentary pieces expressing PRSA’s concerns with the investigation.

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