From Truth Revolt: O’Dwyers, a PR trade publication revealed today that “The Senate Budget Committee has launched a probe of federal government PR and advertising spending, noting the estimated $1B in spending on outside pacts.”
The Obama Administration is spending a ton of money on PR, and Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) who chairs the committee, has asked the Office of Management and Budget for an accounting of executive branch spending for fiscal 2015, noting “Agency spending on advertising, public relations and media relations is largely a black box … it’s hard to tell how much is spent and where the money is going.”
Anita Dunn of SD Knickerbocker, the PR firm Mark Penn recently purchased, has made over 100 visits to the White House in the last few years, and works for multiple companies that lobby the Obama administration.
ObamaCare was supported by a $20 million public-relations firm contract employed by the Health and Human Services Department, being paid to PR conglomerate Porter Novelli via their D.C. office, which is headed by Catherine “Kiki” McLean — a former “on-air surrogate of the Obama for America campaign.” Another HHS contract for almost $6 million was paid to Eric Whitaker, at the University of Chicago medical center, where Michelle Obama was formerly employed.
In 2012 there was a bi-partisan investigation “into the Obama administration’s public relations and advertising expenses.”