Peter G. Kelly

Peter G. Kelly (born 1938), also known as Peter Galbraith Kelly Sr., is an American lobbyist and political consultant. He received the 2015 Luminary Award in The World Affairs Council of CT.[1]

Peter G. Kelly
OccupationLobbyist and political consultant
Awards2015 Luminary Award


After education at Georgetown University and Yale Law School.[2] Kelly founded his own law firm, Updike, Kelly and Spellacy.


He served as Democratic National Committee finance chair, 1981–1985.[3] He served as senior political advisor to Al Gore in 1988 and 2000, Bill Clinton in 1992 and 1996, and John Kerry in 2004.[4]

Kelly was a founding partner Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly (BMSK) and its successor, Black, Kelly, Scruggs & Healey (BKSH & Associates), one of the most powerful lobbying firms in the United States, owned by public relations powerhouse Burson-Marsteller.

Activity in international relationsEdit

After retiring from BKSH, Kelly worked with The PBN Company,[4] has served as Vice Chairman of International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES), as director and treasurer for the National Democratic Institute, and as Managing Director of Burson-Marsteller in Latin America. He is a former Chairman of IFES's Board.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

On October 16, 2018, Kelly's son Peter Galbraith Kelly Jr., who served as an executive at Competitive Power Ventures (CPV), was sentenced to 14 months in prison after pleading guilty in a Manhattan federal courthouse to one charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud when he oversaw the development of the Oxford Power Plant.[6][7][8] Kelly Jr., who funneled $285,000 to convicted New York lobbyist Joe Percoco by hiring his wife for a “low-show” job with Competitive Power Ventures, was also the Joe Percoco scandal, would also pay $250,000 in restitution to CPV and serve three years of supervised release.[6][7]


  1. ^ "Luminary Award 2015: Honoring Peter G. Kelly". Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  2. ^ "CNA Corporation - Peter G. Kelly". Archived from the original on May 13, 2008. Peter G. Kelly: Board of Trustees; Principal and Chairman, Updike, Kelly and Spellacy; Managing Director, Black, Kelly, Scruggs & Healey, A Subsidiary of Burson-Marsteller...Mr. Kelly—a graduate of Georgetown University, magna cum laude, and The Yale Law School— is a senior principal of Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C., a law firm with offices in Hartford and New Haven, Connecticut. He is a member of the bars of Connecticut, New York and the District of Columbia.
  3. ^ Thomas, Evan (3 March 1986). "The Slickest Shop In Town". Time. Retrieved 27 January 2020. The political credentials of the partners are imposing. Charles Black, 38, was a top aide to Senator Robert Dole and the senior strategist for President Reagan's re-election campaign in 1984. Paul Manafort, 36, was the political director of the 1984 G.O.P. national convention. Roger Stone, 33, was the Eastern regional campaign director for Reagan in 1984 and is now one of Congressman Jack Kemp's chief political advisers. Peter Kelly, 48, was finance chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1981 to 1985. Lee Atwater, 34, was Reagan's deputy campaign manager in 1984 and is now Vice President George Bush's chief political adviser. Alone among the firm's partners, Atwater sticks to advising electoral candidates and does not lobby.
  4. ^ a b Access PBN: Our Leaders Archived 2008-07-06 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Board". IFES. Archived from the original on 2009-03-01. Retrieved Oct 16, 2009.
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