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Leaks Undermine Good Governance

By: Brad Rateike

Brad Rateike is a Senior Advisor to Nahigian Strategies. He is the founding principal of Bar Communications where he has directed public relations strategy and message development for corporate, government and nonprofit clients in the Midwest and in Washington, D.C. since 2010. 


When government officials leak unauthorized information, the biggest victim is not the staff members targeted or the elected official overseeing the office, it’s the taxpayers.

Leaks cause distractions for the office involved, every time. When a communications staff is trying to push a message or educate the public on an issue of importance to the country, it’s counterproductive to have that team playing defense instead of doing the job it was sent to do.

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