Maurice Saatchi adds injury to insult

Maurice_saatchi_1AdFreak continues to be fascinated by Maurice Saatchi’s badmouthing of Britain’s Conservatives, the political party for which he’s long been a communications architect. As you may recall, earlier this summer, Lord Saatchi publicly criticized the Tories’ strategy in taking on Tony Blair’s Labour party in the U.K. general elections last May. Not only did Labour retain its grasp on power, it picked up seats from the Tories for the first time since the Thatcher era. Now it turns out Saatchi has hit the Conservatives with a hefty $2.7 million bill for his part in that losing election strategy. Only this week, with the publication of the Tories’ 2004 accounts, did it become known that Saatchi—who was the Conservatives’ co-chair at the time—was also acting as one of its suppliers, through the use of his Immediate Sales unit and its parent, M&C Saatchi.

—Posted by Noreen O’Leary

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