DC-based American Petroleum Institute is searching for a new agency to handle creative, media and public affairs as it readies an advocacy campaign, according to executives familiar with the matter, reports Ad Age magazine.
According to the Ad Age story, API, which is the oil industry's largest trade group, is planning to spend up to $20 million on the campaign, executives said. Wendy Hagen, a DC-based consultant who had worked on a review for the America's Natural Gas Alliance in 2009, is said to be handling the search.
API recently issued a request-for-proposal document to several agencies about this project, and interestingly, although much of what the trade group is seeking is creative thinking, a number of PR agencies seem to be participating in the process.
Ad Age stated that the new project isn't expected to affect API's incumbent shops. Edelman currently supports both PR and advertising for API through its D.C.-based Blue Advertising group. WPP's Ogilvy handles government relations for API.
The institute declined to comment on the review, stated Ad Age and Edelman didn't immediately return Ad Age calls for comment. It's not clear whether Edelman has been invited to participate in the review.
Ongoing debate over environmental policy and regulation, coupled with the nearing 2012 presidential election, are likely putting the pressure on API to create advocates and, stated Ad Age, PR agencies such as Burson-Marsteller and Hill & Knowlton have responded by launching energy practice groups and have brought on senior-level executives to specialize in the space.
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