Raleigh’s Russian Connection: Capstrat & Ken

Surprisingly the Russia/Ukraine conflict story has a Raleigh connection. That would be the Ken Eudy led Capstrat, the Raleigh PR/consulting firm which has ties to the Democratic party, and which was bought by the DC Lobbying firm Ketchum.  Ketchum just announced it was sticking with Putin and keeping Russia as a client.

“Ketchum has worked for the Russian government since 2006, when it helped the country prepare for the Group of Eight Summit in St. Petersburg. The firm held (sic) with research and media rollout for Putin’s 2007 “Person of the Year” award by Time Magazine and contacted The New York Times last year about an op-ed written by the Russian president, according to Justice Department records.”

During this time period, Russia invaded Georgia, provided support to the nuclear weapon program in Iran and helped Assad remain in power in Syria. Now Russia has successfully separated Crimea from Ukraine.

Capstrat, headed by former North Carolina Democratic Party Executive Director Ken Eudy, was bought by Ketchum in 2013.  Capstrat for years has seemed to use its extensive political connections to land lucrative contracts from state government. Since the Republican takeover of state government they have tried to bring in staffers with possible connections to the new majority but have not been able to regain the foothold they once had. Perhaps looking for business in Russia is easier…