Ed Patru, Friend Of – And Mouthpiece For – Betsy DeVos

DCI Group Ed Patru I have been doing a lot of reading about Trump’s nominee for US secretary of education, Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos, and I have noticed a recurring defender of DeVos, Ed Patru, “spokesman for Friends of Betsy DeVos, a group of supporters.” We could even just write the tag this way— Ed-Patru-spokesman-for-Friends-of-Betsy-DeVos, —since it appears to be a single, unified tag whenever Ed Patru or “Friends of Betsy DeVos” are mentioned. Ed-Patru-spokesman-for-Friends-of-Betsy-DeVos. I searched for any formally organized group calling itself Friends of Betsy DeVos, and I found no record. In fact, the only hits I did find always seem to be some quote by Ed Patru, spokesman for Friends of Betsy DeVos. There is just Ed Patru. According to his Linkedin bio, Ed Patru is a PR guy who is currently VP of Media Affairs for a Washington, DC-based, PR firm, DCI Group. Below is Patru’s Linkedin summary: Dynamic communications professional with extensive background and expertise in developing high-impact communications operations for corporate, non-profit and political organizations. Demonstrated talent in launching regional and national campaigns and securing national, regional, and local media coverage. Track record of building, developing, and leading high-caliber teams of talented communications professionals. Seasoned communicator proficient in generating persuasive written and oral communications. Specialties: Public Affairs, Media Relations, Crisis Communications / Rapid Response, Client Media Training, Copy Writing, Op-Ed and Article Placement. Also according to Linkedin, Patru has a history with the Republican Party, beginning in 1998 as press assistant for Engler for Governor ’98. Also in 1998, Patru became press secretary for the Michigan Republican Party (1998-2000). In 2000, for less than a year, Patru was a media specialist for McCain 2000. Patru then became press secretary for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) from 2001 to 2003 and then NRCC deputy communications director from 2005 to 2006. Patru then became US House of Representatives Republican Conference communications director (2006-2007). DeVos was the chair of the Michigan Republican Party on and off between 1996 and 2000, then on again from 2003 to 2005. She has held multiple roles related to the Michigan Republican Party and National Republican Party spanning 1908 to 2016; for more info, see DeVos’ publicly-released, 23-page HELP Committee questionnaire. “Friends of Betsy DeVos” does not have a website; it is apparently a private group, if it is even a group at all. The DeVoses could have simply hired Patru to field PR for Betsy DeVos. It...

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