Shirley & Banister Public Affairs
According to PR Week, the firm was created when "Shirley promoted longtime employee Diana Banister to partner in 2002, and changed the firm's name to Shirley & Banister Public Affairs (SBPA). One of the few remaining independent agencies in Washington, the firm thrives largely because it has bucked the latest feel-good lobbying trend, bipartisanship."
Promoting the official account of Jessica Lynch's rescue
In November 2003 O'Dwyer's PR Daily reported, "Shirley and Banister Public Affairs has been selected to promote Harper Collins' Because Each Life is Precious, the account by Iraqi lawyer Mohammed Odeh al-Rehaief of Pfc. Jessica Lynch's capture and rescue during the Iraq invasion." 
Involvement with 'non-partisan, grassroots' group Grassfire.org
According to Joe Conason, writing in March 2004, "Grassfire.org, a new 'grass-roots' outfit overseen by Beltway insider Shirley, has produced an ad that claims Kerry is 'more liberal than Ted Kennedy'." 
Suppressing coverage of Kitty Kelley's Bush family book
US News Bulletin reported in September 2004 that: "Conservative talk radio, TV and print outlets are being urged to ignore Kelley, author of The Family: The Real Story Of the Bush Dynasty. 'Don't give Kitty Kelley air time,' says a memo from the conservative and influential PR firm Shirley & Banister Public Affairs. The memo was sent as NBC's Today Show was set to interview Kelley over three days." 
Promoting the movie 'Stolen Honor'
In October 2004 Shirley & Banister Public Affairs got involved in public relations work for the anti-Kerry attack movie Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal. PR Week USA reported that SBPA "has been handling PR efforts for the documentary and its producer". It quoted Diana Banister as saying of the Sinclair boycott campaign, "I don't think we can squash it. People have as much right to complain about Sinclair broadcasting as we do about any station that would broadcast Michael Moore's documentary... The Stolen Honor folks have as much right to be aired as anyone else, and even more so." 
SBPA's involvement with the movie was highlighted by Kerry campaign spokesman Mark Nevins in a September 2004 interview with the Philadelphia Daily Times. The article says that "Nevins also suggested Sherwood was another right-wing conspirator who hired Republican public relations firm Shirley and Bannister to help market their product." 
Keeping Tom DeLay above the Law & Order
On a May 2005 episode, a character on NBC's "Law & Order" who was investigating the murder of a federal judge said, "Maybe we should put out an APB for somebody in a Tom DeLay T-shirt." In response, the Free Enterprise Fund (which "advocates limited government and 'pro-growth' economic policies") worked with their PR firm, Shirley & Banister, to challenge the "witch-hunt to discredit Tom DeLay and the agenda he represents," in the words of FEF vice-president Lawrence A. Hunter. They had 450 T-shirts made, with DeLay's picture on the front and the words "Who's afraid of ['Law & Order' executive producer] Dick Wolf?" on the back. Shirley & Banister then organized and promoted a rally of T-shirt-clad DeLay supporters on Washington DC's Capitol Hill on June 2, 2005. Fox News, CNN and Roll Call covered the rally, according to O'Dwyer's PR Daily. 
- Alexis de Tocqueville Institution
- Allied Pilots Association
- American Association of Health Plans
- American Association of Political Consultants
- American Conservative Union
- Americans for Hope, Growth & Opportunity
- American Policy Center
- American Public Philosophy Institute
- The American Spectator
- Australian Barley Board
- Black America's Political Action Committee
- Blackwell Corporation
- Bruce W. Eberle & Associates
- Business Mail Express
- Campaign Solutions
- Canadian MG Lewis MacKenzie (Ret.)
- The Carmen Group
- Carrying Capacity Network
- Center for Individual Freedom
- Citizens for State Power
- Citizens United
- Club for Growth
- Collegiate Network
- Conservative Political Action Conference
- Ann Coulter
- Crown Publishing
- Davis, Manafort & Freedman, Inc.
- The Honorable Pete DuPont
- Employee Benefits Associates
- Energy Freedom Alliance
- Federalist Society
- Flickers Films
- Free Enterprise Fund
- Free Speech Coalition
- Freedom Alliance
- Foley & Lardner
- Forbes for President 2000
- The Galen Institute
- The Hawthorn Group
- Heritage Foundation
- Institute for Legal Reform
- Institute for Policy Innovation
- Institute for Socio-Economic Studies
- The Keene Report
- Law Enforcement Alliance of America
- The Limited
- The Manhattan Institute
- McDonnell Douglas
- McGuire/Woods Consulting, LLC.
- National Audit Defense Network
- National Center for Policy Analysis
- National Farmers Federation of Australia
- National Rifle Association
- National Rifle Association-ILA
- National Taxpayers Union
- News World Communications
- Nuclear Energy Institute
- The O'Leary/Kamber Report
- Playcare Incorporated
- PM Consulting Corporation
- Prima Publishing
- Progress & Freedom Foundation
- Public Safety Systems
- Republican Majority Coalition
- Republican National Committee
- Natan Sharansky
- Small Business Survival Committee
- Southeastern Legal Foundation
- Starboard Response
- Stevens & Schriefer
- United Seniors Association
- University of Phoenix
- USA Weekend
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- U.S. English
- Washington Times Foundation
- Westinghouse Corporation
- The Winston Group
- WND Books
Shirley & Banister Public Affairs
122 South Patrick Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Email: info AT sbpublicaffairs.com
Articles and Resources
- ↑ http://www.prweek.com/news/news_story.cfm?ID=192052&site=1
- ↑ Collegiate Network, "Expelled? Iowa Professor Suggests Intelligent Design, Denied Tenure", Media Release, April 15, 2008. (The release lists Hayley McConnell from Shirley & Banister Public Affairs as the contact).
Related SourceWatch Articles
- Craig Shirley
- Carlton A. Sherwood
- Red, White & Blue Productions, Inc.
- Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal
- Douglas Quenqua, Shirley helps right-wing ideals reach new heights, PR Week, October 6, 2003.
- List of clients for SBPA as at February 11, 2004. Via archive.org.
- Joe Conason, "The vast right-wing conspiracy is back in business", Salon.com, March 9, 2004.
- Anthony J. Sanfilippo, "McMahon: 'A story that had to be told'", The Daily Times (Philadelphia), September 10, 2004.
- "'New Media' Urged To Ignore Kitty Kelley And Her Book", US News Bulletin, September 14, 2004.
- "RNC's p.r. firm urged conservative media to ignore Kelley's Bush book; FOX the only cable network not to host author", Media Matters for America, September 20, 2004.
- Erica Iacono, "Bloggers organizing SBG advertiser boycott over 'anti-Kerry' film", PR Week USA, October 18, 2004.
- "S&B Rallies for DeLay," O'Dwyer's PR Daily (sub. req'd.), June 3, 2005.
- Eric Green, "Front-Running Presidential Candidates Face High Expectations: Attention, good and bad, can pose challenges for leading candidate," USINFO (U.S. State Department), November 8, 2007.