Recovery.gov reports that Burson-Marsteller, a global public relations and communications firm, received $5,966,260 in stimulus funds to “educate and advertise the congressionally mandated switch to digital television.” The PR campaign targeted “difficult to reach communities.”
Mark Penn, the, um, brains behind Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, is CEO of Burson-Marsteller. With nearly $6 million in hand, Penn awarded a $2,797,377 subcontract to his “sister company,” Penn, Schoen and Berland Associates.
Burson-Marsteller claims Penn’s firm only received $142,000.00. Hey, tell it to Recovery.gov, which lists two subrecipients.
By the way, the number of jobs created: Zero:
This project preserved 3 full-time jobs (on an annualized basis) at Burson-Marsteller that would have been eliminated without the benefit of this assignment and the revenue earned from it.
Perhaps one of the jobs Penn preserved was his own.
Folks, if you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention.