Kochs Hire Tobacco Shill to Build Image

January 30, 2014

File this under “No Surprises”.


Steve Lombardo, PA/crisis chair at Burson-Marsteller in Washington since April, is moving to Koch Industries next month for the chief communications/marketing officer slot.

burstonThe 53-year-old sees an opportunity to showcase how the $115B Wichita-based conglomerate works to improve the lives of people around the world, according to Politico.
Prior to B-M, Lombardo helmed Edelman’s StrategyOne research operation, ran his own shop for an eight-year span and served as vice chairman of Blue Worldwide, Edelman’s advertising unit.

Lombardo has been involved in Republican politics, recently serving as senior research and communications director for Mitt Romney presidential run.

KI is the firm of conservative activists Charles and David Koch. Their empire includes Georgia-Pacific, Koch Pipeline/Fertilizer, Molex (electronic components), Flint Hills Resources, INVISTA (chemicals), Matador Cattle and Odessa Power.

Dave Robertson is COO.

Lombardo and Edelman colleague Jackie Cooper wrote about the “Republican Brand Problem” in O’Dwyer’s in December 2012.

Rachel Maddow via Sourcewatch:

“Who’s Burson-Marsteller? Well, let me put it this way — when Blackwater killed those 17 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad, they called Burson-Marsteller. When there was a nuclear meltdown at Three Mile Island, Bobcock & Wilcox, who built that plant, called Burson-Marsteller.
“[After the] Bhopal chemical disaster that killed thousands of people in India, Union Carbide called Burson-Marsteller. Romanian dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu — Burson-Marsteller. The government of Saudi Arabia, three days after 9/11 — Burson-Marsteller.
“The military junta that overthrew the government of Argentina in 1976, the generals dialed Burson-Marsteller. The government of Indonesia, accused of genocide in East Timor, Burson-Marsteller.
“The government of Nigeria, accused of genocide in Biafra, Burson- Marsteller. Philip Morris, Burson-Marsteller. Silicone breast implants, Burson-Marsteller. The government of Columbia trying to make all those dead union organizers not getting in the way of the new trade deal, they called Burson-Marsteller.
“Do you remember Aqua Dots? Little toy beads coded with something that turned into to date rape drug when kids put the beads in their mouths and all these kids ended up in comas? Yes, even the date rape Aqua Dots people called Burson-Marsteller.
“When evil needs public relations, evil has Burson-Marsteller on speed dial. That`s why it was creepy that Hillary Clinton`s pollster and chief strategist in her presidential campaign was Mark Penn, CEO of Burson- Marsteller.”[3]

10 Responses to “Kochs Hire Tobacco Shill to Build Image”

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    “When evil needs public relations, evil has Burson-Marsteller on speed dial. That`s why it was creepy that Hillary Clinton`s pollster and chief strategist in her presidential campaign was Mark Penn, CEO of Burson- Marsteller”

    Creepy, perhaps, but certainly indicative of future President Clinton’s smarts. When dealing with scumbags on the other side, one does not employ the ghost of Mother Theresa as a “strategist”.

    • andrewfez Says:

      I thought Clinton and/or her helpers, Goldwyn and Elliot, were helping push the Keystone XL pipeline along? I’ll probably just be voting for the green party again, next time around.


      Elizabeth Warren Comes Down Hard Against Keystone XL Pipeline While Hillary Clinton’s Allies Push It Ahead:


      • dumboldguy Says:

        Actually, I would probably vote for Elizabeth Warren over Hillary if it looked like she could win (and if she picked Bernie Sanders as her VP—LOL). The fact that she has fought so hard against Wall Street gives her enormous credibility in my book, and her stance on KXL only increases it.

        Re: Hilary and O’Bama and Keystone XL. Why does it surprise you that they have played games with us? They may be “democrats”, but they ARE politicians. When it comes time to vote again, remember 2000 and what a vote for Ralph Nader cost the country then. If you can’t vote for Hillary, at least vote for the lesser of two evils.

        And will it really be “again” if you vote for the green party next time? I wish somebody would explain to me the thinking behind throwing a vote away. IMO, if you want to “demonstrate” your beliefs, you should go wave a sign somewhere.

        • MorinMoss Says:

          Agreed on Warren over Clinton although I don’t think it’s at all likely.

          But I would laugh my ass off at the thought of the rightwingnut reaction to a Warren-Sanders ticket – sales of Kaopectate would hit an all-time high in Red America.

        • andrewfez Says:

          I’d vote for Warren if it happened. I can’t tell if she’s against Wall Street or if it’s all a show where she acts tough but in the end nothing really happens. But I’d take that chance it’s real.

          I live in CA which is overwhelmingly Democratic. Me and 2 million people could vote for Jill Stein (that’s who I did indeed vote for), and the Republican would still lose to the Democrat. In fact, I’d like to see a 20% green, 35% R, and 45% D vote count here in CA, as that would scare both other parties and pressure them into trying to grab more green vote by trying to knocking out Keystone and fracking and such (or at least pretending to).

  2. MorinMoss Says:

    What’s their tagline?

    “When you need to cover your ass, call Burson-Marsteller.
    Because if we can defend cancer sticks, we can defend you.”

  3. ubrew12 Says:

    It’s actually pretty amazing how many people can be tricked into realizing that a Pig with lipstick on it, is still a Pig. These folks make their billions counting on being gone by the time that realization comes home.

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