Firm With Ties to Clinton Takes On Toy Recall Troubles
Mark Penn is the chief strategist for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign, but his public relations firm has just retained a client with an arguably bigger challenge. Spin Master, which distributes Aqua Dots, the toy recalled for having an exterior that can turn into the date rape drug GHB, hired Burson Marsteller to get through the communications crisis, according to people at the firm.
Penn has reduced his client work to focus on the Clinton campaign, Burson executive vice president Josh Gottheimer, said. "We as a firm have thousands of clients, more than 2,000 clients globally, and Mark's never had any contact with this client at all," Gottheimer said Friday night. But Penn has drawn fire in the past for his firm's work, including helping prepare Erik Prince, the head of the company Blackwater, for congressional testimony after the firm's employees killed civilians in Iraq. Aqua Dots have been pulled from the market after children who played with them went into comas; Spin Master distributes the toy in the United States, but they are manufactured in China.
--Anne E. Kornblut
Washington Post editors
November 9, 2007; 7:07 PM ET
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