The U.S. Government is spending billings of dollars on PR and promotion, and all of the money stems from taxpayer’s pockets.
More than $4.3 billion in taxpayer money has been spent on public relations since 2007, according to transparency watchdog group Open the Books. And roughly half of that money goes to private-sector PR firms.
Here is just some of the wasteful spending:
- The IRS has spent nearly $18 million on “customer satisfaction surveys” and analysis.
- 1,858 ‘Public Affairs Officers’ made at least $100,000 in base salary compensation in FY2014.
- The State Department spent over $36 million on public opinion polling in foreign countries.
- The U.S. Army spent $23.6 million on PR efforts in Afghanistan between 209 and 2013.
- The Veterans Administration payed millions to doctor reports to show veterans had shorter wait times at VA hospitals.
“We have taxpayer dollars being spent to convince taxpayers to spend more taxpayer dollars on the growth of government,” said Adam Andrzejewski, who represents Open the Books.
There is a fine line between making information available and shameless propaganda.