Bush Admininstration PR Spending is an Obvious Obfuscation of Truth
And it was not so much that we were calling people at home and at the office with the latest "urgent issue" that required major funding to manage. It was the little lies that we were expected to tell the prospective donors.
For instance, we called people at the businesses and told them that they had been selected as "businesman, businesswoman, or business person of the year". That is great sounding isn't it? Wow, the unsuspecting donor prospect would think, little old me; businessperson of the year?
What we were not telling them is that they were among a list of thousands of prospective "business persons of the year". And that if they decided to accept the award, they would of course want to make a donation to the Republican Party. And once they did this, they were eligible to attend a rewards banquet at their own expense. And be hit up for some more cash again in the future.
This story broke some time ago when one of the business persons went to the press to let them know that after attending one of the awards banquets, he discovered that there were approximately 2000 business persons of the year recieving the same award. And this was just one of the banquets. In other words, there really is not a business person of the year, just a bunch of suckers who payed for a little ego stroking.
This just tells me that if a goverment needs to spend money on PR, that they forgot the best possible PR Strategy. Being Honest and Transparent. Either that or they need to figure out some way to spin the truth of what they are doing so well that the truth is obfuscated. Remember the Armstrong PR Fiasco? They paid this fellow to do some PR on the down low for the Healthy Start Program.
Or the Talon News Scandal? Where it was determined that the Press Office of the President had given some fag with absolutely no Press Experience a set of Press Credentials just for the sole purpose of asking questions within Press Conferences that were designed to mislead the Press.
I know that there are times when an elected official or goverment entity may need advice on how best to relate to the public. As typically these are administrative types who just are not well versed in communications. But the massive amount of PR Contracts that the Bush Administration and related agencies have created indicates to any thinking person that this administration is not hiring PR Agencies so that it can learn how to relate better to the public. It is doing so to cover up some very bad decisions and corrupt programs.