Policy Documents

Public Relations and Propaganda Initiatives

Rep. Darrell Issa –
August 16, 2010

Rep. Darrell Issa comments on health care in this policy document.  The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has released a report on Public Relations and Propaganda Initiatives.  He finds that, 

Since the beginning of the Obama Administration on January 20, 2009, ordinary Americans have financed and been exposed to an unprecedented number of public relations and propaganda efforts. Federal spending for public relations contracts rose to historically-high levels during the Bush Administration. Under one-party rule in 2009, the White House used the machinery of the Obama campaign to tout the President’s agenda through inappropriate and sometimes unlawful public relations and propaganda initiatives. Congress buoyed the Administration’s propaganda efforts by increasing federal spending on public relations for the first time since 2005. The Obama Administration frequently used federal resources to promote the President’s agenda.