Media Contracts: Activities and Financial Obligations for Seven Federal Departments GAO-06-305, January 13, 2006. Highlights.
“The departments reported a total of 343 media contracts, for which they incurred obligations of $1.62 billion during the period of GAO’s review. Specifically, the departments reported 137 contracts (40 percent of the total contracts) with advertising agencies, 131 contracts (38 percent) with media organizations, 54 contracts (16 percent) with public relations firms, and 8 contracts (2 percent) with individual members of the media. For 13 contracts (4 percent), departments did not report on type of media firm. The departments incurred obligations of $1.4 billion with advertising agencies (87 percent of the obligations), $197 million with public relations firms (12 percent), $15 million (1 percent) with media organizations, and $90,000 (less than 1 percent) with individual members of the media.”
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Fact Sheet: “Rep. Waxman, Democratic Leader Pelosi, Rep. Miller, Rep. Cummings, and other senior Democratic leaders release a new Government Accountability Office study that identifies more than $1.6 billion in public relations and media spending by the Bush Administration over the last two and a half years [emphasis added].”
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