Here’s a nugget from The Hill.com:
According to the story,
A contract worth nearly $6 million in stimulus funds was awarded by the Obama adminstration to two firms run by Mark Penn, Hillary Clinton’s pollster in 2008.
Burson-Marsteller won the contract to work on a public-relations campaign to advertise the national switch from analog to digital television. Nearly $2.8 million of the contract was awarded through a subcontract to Penn’s polling firm, Penn, Schoen & Berland, according to federal records.
Federal records also show that a former adviser to President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign received nearly $70,000 from that contract to help alert viewers in difficult-to-reach communities that their televisions would soon no longer receive broadcast signals.
Specifically, the Obama adviser worked on the ad messaging aimed at Hispanics, only 39 days before the digital transition on June 10.
Just this past Tuesday, Republicans John McCain and Tom Coburn held a news conference to complain that the advertising campaign was a waste of taxpayer dollars.
McCain and Coburn did not show any indication that they knew two Democratic political strategists received funding through the grant.
Hey, I guess that means that Republicans don’t really read large stimulus bills, either!!
…And, of course, Republicans NEVER waste taxpayer dollars, either!
Sigh. This game is getting so old…
But, the question that lingers about Hillary Clinton and whether we assume that this is part of a deal Hillary Clinton cut with Obama after the 2008 primaries were over. I guess I would lean toward that assumption!
Filed under: Current Politics | Tagged: 2008 Democratic primaries, 2009 stimulus package, analog to digital television, Barack Obama, Burson-Marsteller, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Clinton's 2008 pollster, Mark Penn, Penn Schoen & Berland, public relations, Sen. John McCain, Sen. Tom Coburn |