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By Kirk Allen & John Kraft

On December 7, 2015

United States (ECWd) –

Once again, Adam Andrzejewski, Chairman of American Transparency has exposed another whopper of a story at the National level regarding wasteful spending with your tax dollars.


  1. The federal government spent $4.34 billion on public relations in the last seven years.
  2. U.S. Government ranked 2nd largest Public Relations Firm in the World (based on the number of PR employees). Click here for a ranking of the largest private PR firms in the world.
  3. 3,092 federal ‘Public Affairs Officers’ are employed by over 200 federal agencies in FY2014.
  4. 1,858 ‘Public Affairs Officers’ made at least $100,000 in base salary compensation in FY2014.
  5. Salaries totaling $2.337 billion and ‘performance bonuses’ totaling $10.929 million flowed to public affairs officers (FY2007-FY2014). The highest bonus was $35,940 to John T. Burklow at Department of Health and Human Services in 2012 .
  6. Since 2007, PR positions increased in the federal government by 15 percent – an addition of 402 positions – from 2,688 to 3,092. Total PR salary spending by year increased by 22.4 percent despite a long period of freeze and sequester in federal hiring.
  7. $2.02 billion spent by 139 federal agencies with 2,403 outside PR vendors on 16,249 individual transactions since 2007 – despite 3,092 federal PR employees.
  8. 47 percent increase in outside PR consulting expenditures under the Obama administration vs. the last two years under the Bush administration.
  9. Top PR firms in the world reaped millions of dollars: Laughlin, Marinaccio & Owens, Inc. ($87.98M), Young & Rubicam Inc. ($57.5M), Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide Inc. ($47.93M), Fleishman-Hillard, Inc ($42.4M), Gallup ($42.0M), and many more.
  10. $183,581 (per year) billing by Ketchum ($88/hour, $15,298/month) for ‘Intern.’ $1.192 million (per year) billing by Booz Allen Hamilton ($525.67/hour, $91,107/month) for ‘Executive Manager’ – examples of billing rates per their respective federal advertising contracts.

Read the full 42 page report at this Link, however be warned it will boil your blood to see how your money is being spent!


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  • Marianne Brannon
    Posted at 23:11h, 07 December

    Please read and pass on!!

  • George Wissmiller
    Posted at 23:34h, 07 December

    The real story is 4.34 billion and they have the image they have! For that they could have given every man, woman and child in the county $1,500 which might have actually improved their image a bit.