Fenton Communications is a public relations firm which specialises in PR for not-for-profit organizations, liberal advocacy groups and companies with a claim for social responsibility. They are probably best known for their represenation of MoveOn. It was founded by David Fenton in 1982 and now has offices in New York, Washington D.C. and San Francisco.
"Public relations. Monty Python called it a modern useless profession. Too bad they were wrong. PR has become the way crafty corporations and even the leader of the free world convince people that pollution is harmless, war is peace and greed is good. No wonder we at Fenton Communications don't like to be asked at parties what we do for a living."
Criticism from the right
Fenton Communications' history of working for environment and other non-profits has drawn criticism the conservative Hudson Institute affiliated project, the Center for Global Food Issues. The CFGI champions genetically engineered crops and disputed concerns about mad cow disease. In February 2002 CFGI produced a report The Fear Profiteers edited by Bonner Cohen, John Carlisle, Michael Fumento, Michael Gough, Henry Miller, Steven J. Milloy, Kenneth Smith, Elizabeth Whelan.
They wrote of Fenton Communications that "it is a founding member of the so-called Business for Social Responsibility. Yet Fenton has played a key role in a growing number of health scare campaigns involving both his non-profit and for-profit clients." 
"Their practices combine junk science with a hidden agenda to scare consumers away from safe products, supposedly all in the name of protecting public health and the environment." ... including scares about Alar and apples, swordfish, leaky breast implants, Health Care Without Harm ("danger of phthalates, chemicals used to make plastic flexible for products such as IV bags, teethers, nipples, and toys"), the book "Our Stolen Future" ("alleged that synthetic chemicals were causing developmental and reproductive problems in humans, such as low sperm counts, impotence and even homosexuality"), Bovine Growth Hormone," Cohen wrote.
"If you have been scared about food or pesticides in the last 10 years, chances are Fenton Communications played a key role in provoking that fear. The scares just don't ever stop. But they all have one thing in common -- a lack of evidence and abundance of deceit. The claims involved in the scares have all been refuted in public. By the time the scares have been debunked, however, the campaigns have taken such a strong hold that the truth usually is irrelevant," he wrote.
Fention lists their current and former clients on their site as including: 
- Air America Radio
- America Coming Together
- American Medical Association
- American Trial Lawyers Association
- Amnesty International
- Ben and Jerry's
- Body Shop
- Breast Cancer Action
- Businesses for Social Responsibility
- California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG)
- Carbon Disclosure Project
- Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
- Center for Science in the Public Interest
- Consumers Union
- Current TV (Al Gore)
- David and Lucile Packard Foundation
- Energy Foundation
- Evangelical Environmental Network
- Environmental Media Services
- Environmental Working Group
- Economic Policy Institute
- Global Exchange
- Goldman Environmental Foundation
- Heinz Family Foundation
- Institute for Policy Studies
- John D. And Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
- Harvard School of Public Health
- Health Care Without Harm
- International Criminal Court
- International Forum on Globalization
- Million Mom March
- National Environmental Trust
- National Sleep Foundation
- Natural Resources Defense Council
- NARAL Pro-Choice America
- Open Society Institute
- Outfoxed (Robert Greenwald)
- Pew Charitable Trusts
- People For the American Way
- Planned Parenthood Action Fund
- Pro-choice Public Education Project
- Public Citizen
- The Foundation Center
- The Nature Conservancy
- Tides Foundation
- True Majority
- Turner Foundation
- Rainforest Action Network
- Sierra Club
- World Resources Institute
- World Wildlife Fund
- Working Assets Long Distance
It manages the Iraq Policy Information Project.
- David Fenton - CEO
- Lisa Witter - Chief Operating Officer
- Parker Blackman - Deputy General manager and Managing Director of San Francisco Office
- Ira Arlook - Managing Director, DC Office
- Josh Baran - Senior Vice President heading Fenton's "green-tech division, focusing on renewable energy, environmentally sound technologies and innovation" 
- Beth Bogart
- Scott Shapiro
- George Lakoff - strategic consultant 
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- ↑ Press release, "Fenton Communications Launches Green-Tech Division: Josh Baran to Head New Effort," Fenton Communications via PR Newswire, May 27, 2008.
- ↑ "Fenton Adds 'Deep Thinker'," O'Dwyer's PR Daily (sub req'd), April 16, 2008.
- John Stauber, The Progressive Movement is a PR Front for Rich Democrats, March 15, 2013, CounterPunch.
- Bonner Cohen, et al., ed., "The Fear Profiteers: Do 'Socially Responsible' Businesses Sow Health Scares to Reap Monetary Rewards?", February 2002.
- "Don't Call Us a PR Firm", O'Dwyers PR Daily, April 7, 2004.
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