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Stimulus funds for ads during Olbermann, Maddow shows. Was this a good use of your hard earned tax $$?

Quietman ~PWCM~JLA 2012/08/21 21:58:13
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The Labor Department paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal stimulus funds to a public relations firm to run more than 100 commercials touting the Obama administration’s “green training” job efforts on two popular MSNBC cable shows, records show.


The commercials ran on MSNBC on shows hosted by Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann in 2009, but the contract didn’t report any jobs created, according to records recently reviewed by The Washington Times.


Spending reports under the federal Recovery Act show $495,000 paid to McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations LLC, which the Labor Department hired to raise awareness “among employers and influencers about the [Job Corps] program’s existing and new training initiatives in high growth and environmentally friendly career areas” as well as spreading the word to prospective Job Corps enrollees.


Ultimately, the firm negotiated ad buys for “two approved spots” airing 14 times per week for two months on “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” and “The Rachel Maddow Show,” according to a project report, which listed the number zero under a section of the report asking how many jobs had been created through the stimulus contract.


David Williams, president of the nonprofit watchdog Taxpayers Protection Alliance, called the contract “questionable” because it created no jobs and because of the placement of the ads on shows viewed as friendly to the administration’s policies.



Read more: Labor Department spends stimulus funds for ads during Olbermann, Maddow shows - Washington Times
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  • Red Branch 2012/08/23 16:48:44
    No
    Red Branch
    +1
    It sounds illegal as Hell.
  • heirsoftheking 2012/08/22 13:45:06
    No
    heirsoftheking
    +2
    One more reason to TRASH Obama and his weird-looking weirdos on Election Night 2012.
    Obama trash
  • redhorse29 2012/08/22 07:37:45
    No
    redhorse29
    +1
    Liberal progressive government elitist spent the money right where they wanted - with wealthy liberal progressive media talking heads pretending to be newsmen.
  • DavE 2012/08/22 04:55:07
    No
    DavE
    +1
    Obamunism marches on
  • maggiemay 2012/08/22 03:44:40
    No
    maggiemay
    +3
    If Obama gets reelected he will want another stimulus to pay more of his worthless buddies, and unions. People better wake up. Is this what you voted for?
  • Wayne 2012/08/22 03:31:52
    No
    Wayne
    +2
    As far as jobs go, the stimulus failed except for Obama and his wall street buddies.
  • Scott C 2012/08/22 02:41:50
    No
    Scott C
    +2
    “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money. ”
    ― Margaret Thatcher
  • jcadla 2012/08/22 01:30:10
    No
    jcadla
    +3
    Very bad...typical lib's...
  • Bruce 2012/08/22 01:25:40
    No
    Bruce
    +2
    Olbermann and Maddow are not worth supporting.
  • johne37179 2012/08/22 00:36:11
    No
    johne37179
    +5
    This election should not be about what Romney does with his own money (his tax returns), it should be about what Obama is doing with our money!
  • maggiemay johne37179 2012/08/22 03:45:39
    maggiemay
    +3
    Exactly!!
  • POWERSHAKER 2012/08/22 00:32:40
  • sglmom 2012/08/22 00:31:37
    No
    sglmom
    +4
    oh hell no

    FULL of WASTE ..
  • Space Invader 2012/08/22 00:29:51
    No
    Space Invader
    +5
    Thief!!!!!!!
  • exhon2009 2012/08/22 00:21:29
    No
    exhon2009
    +6
    Unlike the proverbial question about whether or not a tree falling in the forrest makes a sound or not running an ad on a network that no one watches will not generate a market return. Sadly, the point of these ads wasn't to get viewers but a payoff to political supporters.

    Where is Keith Olbermann now? He got booted from Current TV so maybe he's on public access????
  • goatman112003 2012/08/22 00:10:59
    No
    goatman112003
    +5
    More money pissed down the drain.
  • dubbie 2012/08/21 23:36:17
    No
    dubbie
    +3
    Stimulus ? Not one American hand laid a hand on the ,ha-ha-ha shovel ready jobs that wasn`t too shovel ready ha-ha-ha
  • RTHTGakaRoland 2012/08/21 23:30:44
    No
    RTHTGakaRoland
    +5
    Obama's "Stimulus" was just a fraud to pay off his cronies and fatten the already obese public sector.

    The Washington Examiner 'Bogus Stimulus Map'

    http://washingtonexaminer.com...
  • Chibi Guru Z 2012/08/21 23:20:35
    No
    Chibi Guru Z
    +5
    The whole country is just a big, giant piggy bank for Washington Elites, isn't it?
  • WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA 2012/08/21 23:06:53
    No
    WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA
    +5
    We need to do something about our government...seriously. Let's vote in responsible people instead of these idiot thugs in the white house.
  • ed 2012/08/21 23:05:23
    No
    ed
    +5
    As a matter of fact it pisses me off.
  • texasred 2012/08/21 23:01:55
    No
    texasred
    +5
    Nothing more than the continued corruption of this administration. What is so stupid is that the libs don't have a problem with it.
  • ed texasred 2012/08/21 23:04:35
    ed
    +4
    go figure
  • CAPISCE 2012/08/21 22:50:33
    No
    CAPISCE
    +6
    Two of the most despicable people on the planet
  • Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆ 2012/08/21 22:29:10
    No
    Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆
    +6
    In fact, that was, or should have been, flatly illegal.
  • Quietma... Temlako... 2012/08/21 22:33:21
    Quietman   ~PWCM~JLA
    +4
    He had to support his buddy Immelt
  • No nonsense NanC...don't BS... 2012/08/21 22:10:32
    Yes
    No nonsense NanC...don't BS me!
    +6
    It is cheap for the 0bama administration to get so much free positive backing........
    only problem is taxpayers pay for it.

    Now it they, the Democrats really wanted to get the message out, they would advertise
    on Fox which has a much bigger audience share......... you know, more bang for the
    buck.
  • carl.no... No nons... 2012/08/21 23:28:22
  • No nons... carl.no... 2012/08/21 23:31:22
    No nonsense NanC...don't BS me!
    +3
    This is nonsensical.
  • Icono1 2012/08/21 22:09:46
    No
    Icono1
    +7
    Where are the jobs at?

    People don't want talk they want action.

    What a waste of my tax dollars.
  • keeper 2012/08/21 22:07:29
    No
    keeper
    +8
    MSNBC should refund ll of that money to the labor department. Whomever was in charge of assigning this debacle should be fired!
  • Louisa - Enemy of the State 2012/08/21 22:07:21
    No
    Louisa - Enemy of the State
    +8
    This misuse of funds is keeping in line with the rest of it. It's all been squandered.
  • CUDDLY BUT STILL CRABBY 2012/08/21 22:04:20
    No
    CUDDLY BUT STILL CRABBY
    +9
    RFK Jr. got $1.4 BILLION US taxpayer dollars for his failed "green" energy ventures.

    http://www.sodahead.com/unite...

    It's OK to lie, rape, steal, murder and lie some more, if you are progressive vermin.
  • Dee 2012/08/21 22:03:46
    No
    Dee
    +8
    I'm not surprised Obama was patting himself on the back using taxpayer dollars. What I AM surprised at is MSNBC had two popular shows.
  • Icono1 Dee 2012/08/21 22:10:39
  • carl.no... Dee 2012/08/21 23:29:07
  • Dee carl.no... 2012/08/21 23:34:22
    Dee
    +5
    Your avatar name should be carl.loon.

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