About SCN Strategies

SCN Strategies is a full-service firm specializing in complex communications challenges. We offer a broad array of strategic and media services with an integrated and creative approach to storytelling.

In recent years, SCN has run winning campaigns for Governor Jerry Brown, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Kamala Harris, State Senator Richard Roth, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

SCN has also earned a reputation for running and winning California's toughest ballot measure campaigns. Successes include Prop 1, the $7-billion Water Bond; Prop 2, the Rainy Day Fund; Prop 47, which reduced penalties for low-level offenses; Prop 30, Governor Brown's measure to fund schools; and Prop 36, the historic reform of California's "three strikes" law.

The San Francisco Chronicle named SCN the winner of its "Hot Political Shop Award" in 2010, the "Political Winner" in 2012, and the "Biggest Winners" of 2014. Rush Limbaugh disagrees.

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.

San Francisco Chronicle, December 27, 2012

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.

San Francisco Chronicle
November 10, 2014

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.

San Francisco Chronicle, November 5, 2010