Enron Scandal Has Andersen Recruiting PR, Lobbyists

PR trade publication The Holmes Report writes: "Accounting giant Andersen--the former Arthur Andersen--is reportedly looking to recruit crisis management and other communications experts as it faces mounting criticism for its role in the collapse of Enron." Anderson has already hired the Virginia-based firm Hartz Consulting and retains Ketchum as its PR agency of record. But the company is expected to enlist more PR consultants as it faces Congressional investigations, a federal criminal inquiry and lawsuits from shareholders. According to The Holmes Report, in addition to PR help, Anderson has hired two major lobbying firms--the Duberstein Group and Griffin Johnson Dover & Stewart--to help it with the government investigation. PR Week reports Anderson has also hired Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter & Associates.