The Kamber Group is unique among Washington public affairs firms for at least two reasons. First, it’s the only firm of any size to take a brazenly partisan approach to business in the nation’s capital: founder and president Victor Kamber is an unabashed Democratic cheerleader, and the most conspicuous names on his firm’s client roster are labor unions—although no longer to the exclusion of corporate clients. Second, The Kamber Group is as much a creative shop as it is a policy strategy shop: it’s a fixture on awards lists thanks to the quality of its design department.
TKG works for socially responsible corporations and trade associations as well as national and international labor unions, handling public affairs work and, increasingly, employee communications. Offerings include traditional public relations capabilities as well as issues advertising, video and now Internet production, and conference management. Key clients include the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, the Sheetmetal Workers International Association, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Koch Industries, the U.S. Departments of Education, Labor and Transportation.
The Kamber Group estimates revenue of slightly more than $10 million for 2000, up a modest 9 percent over 1999, but the firm is hiring for more aggressive growth, bringing in a new CFO, Paul LaFontaine, and new senior counselor Thomas Mackell, an employee benefits consultant and former professor at Long Island University’s School of Health and Public Affairs. The firm remains the only union shop among major PR agencies.