Obama spends half-billion a year; feds spent $1 bill per year for a decade; an assault on public perception
10/7/16 – (RT) The public relations industry can be baffling and a PR staffer’s job often vague, but the Obama administration doesn’t seem to mind, spending a half-billion dollars a year on the services. The federal government as a whole, however, dishes out a full billion.
Public relations staffers looking for a job should send their resumes over to President Barack Obama. In 2015 alone, the federal government paid $999 million on advertising and public relations, according to a study released by the Government Accountability Office on Wednesday.
The federal government’s spending on PR has increased dramatically with the rise of social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. On average, the federal government has annually spent about $1 billion on PR for the past decade.
The Department of Defense is responsible for $591 million worth of contracts, which is 50 percent more than what all other agencies combined spent in 2015. These numbers only represent the minimum spending on PR teams, that which has been coded for the budget with public relations.