We Win Campaigns
SCN STRATEGIES wins campaigns for political candidates and initiatives, as well as corporations, organizations and individuals facing high-profile, high-stakes public affairs challenges. SCN has worked on hundreds of political campaigns at all levels, including major candidates for President, Prime Minister, US House and Senate, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Mayor and numerous local and statewide initiatives.
No firm had a better run on election night than SCN Strategies. Their client, Kamala Harris, won a U.S. Senate seat with nearly 63 percent of the vote. They represented Lt. Gavin Newsom's Proposition 63, which regulates the sale of ammunition; it also received 63 percent of the vote.
They ran the campaign for Jerry Brown's Proposition 57, which won with 64 percent of the vote, and will result in the release of prisoners who take the time to better themselves while behind bars, and Brown's campaign to defeat Proposition 53, which was aimed at stopping the governor's high-speed rail and Delta tunnels project. Although votes remain to be counted, it likely has lost.
They ran the successful campaign funded by New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg to pass soda taxes in Oakland and San Francisco, against the soda industry's $50 million campaign, and they helped elect a woman to the BART board.
SCN is "basically the go-to firm if you are running a national campaign here," said Sean J. Miller, editor of Campaigns and Elections magazine. "It seems they have become a kingmaker for California's Democratic politicians."
The New Machine: The biggest winners in Tuesday's election were a little-known threesome of consultants who managed the campaigns of Oakland Mayor-elect Libby Schaaf, state Propositions 1, 2 and 47, and the re-election efforts of Gov. Jerry Brown, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Attorney General Kamala Harris. Every one of them a winner.
Over the years the consultants at SCN — that would be Ace Smith, Sean Clegg and Dan Newman — have quietly become a statewide political machine unto themselves.
Political Winner of 2012: It was a banner year for California's top spin doctors… Leading the charge was San Francisco's SCN Strategies, home of veterans Ace Smith, Sean Clegg and Dan Newman, a team that managed two successful tax measures - the 'Yes on Prop. 30' campaign and Mayor Ed Lee's top priority, the 'Yes On E' business tax.
The Hot Political Shop Award: SCN Strategies had a hand in several major winning campaigns -- Gavin Newsom, Barbara Boxer, No on 23, an anti-Whitman independent expenditure, plus they did ads for Harry Reid and prepped star liberal Democrat Nick Clegg for his star debate performance in the UK elections. When you get a call from these guys in the middle of the night, answer it.