Founded in 1999, BLA uses the experience and knowledge of its diverse staff to consult with individuals and organizations in the corporate, political, labor and nonprofit communities. We work in partnership with our clients to achieve results that are in harmony with their aspirations and guiding principles by using strategies that enhance their capacities to meet their objectives.
Campaign Consulting, Crisis Management, Media Relations, Diversity Planning
William “Bill” Lynch, Jr. (July 21, 1941 – August 9, 2013) was an American politician and political consultant, advising politicians from the Democratic Party. He was a prominent political figure in New York politics, especially within the African-American community. In 1999, Lynch founded the political consulting firm Bill Lynch Associates, LLC (BLA), where he served as chairman from its founding until his death.
BLA has advised numerous political campaigns, primarily in the New York Area. Past campaigns have included H. Carl McCall’s 2002 gubernatorial bid; Fernando Ferrer’s mayoral bids in 2001 and 2005; and Hillary Clinton’s campaigns for senate (both 2000 and 2006) and president. Corporate clients have included Nielsen Media Research and Columbia University.
In New York City’s 2009 citywide elections, BLA advised candidates for all three citywide offices: Bill Thompson for mayor, Eric Gioia for public advocate, andJohn Liu for comptroller. BLA also advised the campaign of Cyrus Vance, Jr. for New York County (Manhattan) District Attorney, and Inez Dickens in her re-election bid for New York City Council. In the end, Vance, Liu, and Dickens won their respective races. Thompson won the Democratic mayoral primary but lost to incumbent Michael Bloomberg, while Gioia failed to win the public advocate Democratic primary.
In the 2009 election cycle, Lynch and his staff primarily earned media attention for their handling of Vance and Liu’s campaigns, which BLA had a greater role in managing than its other clients, because both won hotly contested primaries. BLA’s management of John Liu’s campaign earned particular attention, owing to the broad multi-ethnic coalition formed to elect him, which pundits such as Errol Louis and Dominic Carter likened to a revival of the Dinkins coalition.
BLA also consults with Congressman Charles B. Rangel on an ongoing basis and has been advising him during the current controversy over his finances. It is also advising Governor David Paterson in his bid for a full term as governor of New York.
Specialties: Campaign Consulting Crisis Management Media Relations Diversity Planning Opposition Research Focus Group Research