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HBO’s ‘Game Change’ promoted by same PR firm that represents Sandra Fluke

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Jeff Poor
Media Reporter

Last week Fox News host Bill O’Reilly revealed that Georgetown Law student and contraception advocate Sandra Fluke, perhaps known for her ill-advised portrayal by conservative talker Rush Limbaugh, had secured the services of SKDKnickerbocker, a public relations firm with offices in Albany, N.Y., New York City and Washington, D.C.

The public relations firm has close ties to President Obama, with one of its managing directors being former White House Communications Director Anita Dunn. But Fluke isn’t the only high-profile client the firm has represented in recent days.

As first reported by Betsy Rothstein of FishbowlDC, SKDKnickerbocker was involved with the initial rollout of the HBO film “Game Change,” a film which has been criticized by many on the right for its negative portrayal of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Emily Lenzner, also one of the firm’s managing directors, confirmed its involvement with “Game Change” to The Daily Caller. She said her firm worked with HBO to put on Thursday night’s Washington, D.C. premiere at the Newseum, which was attended by various influential members of the media.

“We were working with HBO, specifically by managing the red carpet and the press attendance at the screening last Thursday,” Lenzner said.

Lenzner referred The Daily Caller to a statement her firm’s managing partner Hillary Rosen released last week on its representation of Fluke, which explained that Fluke was first connected to the firm through one of her personal friends.

“We are proud to provide pro-bono support to Sandra Fluke, an incredibly courageous young woman who is standing up for the rights of women everywhere in the face of sustained, personal attacks,” Rosen said in the statement. “This week, we began helping Sandra, a full-time law student, manage the enormous volume of incoming media requests that came to a head when she was publicly disparaged for advocating for contraception coverage.”

“We were first connected to Sandra through one of her personal friends who came to us seeking our assistance,” the statement continued. “I am proud of our staff for donating their time and energy to work with Sandra during this important and difficult time.”

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