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Monday, January 31, 2005

Government Spending on PR

The Center for American Progress, in recognition of the recent scandals of journalists taking money from the Administration to promote its policies, writes about how much of our tax dollars are being spent on pr.
It takes a whole lot of money to make the Bush administration's policies look good. In 2004, the Bush administration funneled over $88 million in taxpayer money to public relations firms. That represents an increase of 128 percent since 2000. Worse, 40 percent of that money is awarded to firms without competitive bidding. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has spent nearly $100 million over the last four years contracting with public relations firms to sell the administration's policies to the public.

And that doesn't include internal communications/PR!