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Obama’s PR Team Costs Taxpayers $500 Million a Year

It turns out, defending Barack Obama’s failed legacy is more expensive than you’d think.

President Obama’s PR team peaked at 5,238 staffers, costing Americans about a half billion dollars every year.

The Washington Times reports:

President Obama hired hundreds of additional public relations employees to sell his administration’s policies, at a total cost to taxpayers of nearly half a billion dollars a year, the government’s chief watchdog reported Wednesday.

Mr. Obama added some 667 PR staffers between 2008, the last full year under his predecessor, and 2011, when staffing levels peaked at 5,238 — a spike of 15 percent during those years. The number has since slipped, but there were still nearly 5,100 PR staffers in the administration in 2014, according to figures from the Government Accountability Office.

That doesn’t include the more than $100 million spent each year to hire private spinmeisters to supplement the government’s PR efforts. And yet more money — nearly $800 million in 2015 — is spent each year on contracts with outside advertising firms hired to prop up the administration’s policies.

That’s not a PR team- that’s a propaganda center. It’s a communications army. It’s the population of a very small town.

This is an unbelievable abuse of taxpayer dollars. The question is, what’s Congress going to do about it? Congress has the power of the purse- who is going to step up and fight to stop Obama’s public relations spending spree?

Tom Borelli

Dr. Tom Borelli is a contributor to Conservative Review and is a TV and radio commentator addressing political issues from a conservative grassroots perspective. As a columnist, he has written for ConservativeReview.com, The Washington Times and authored articles for Newsmax magazine. Dr. Borelli is also a regular political panelist on NewsmaxTV and i24 News he also co-hosts radio programs on SiriusXM Patriot with his wife Deneen Borelli. Dr. Borelli appeared on numerous television programs, including the highly ranked Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity,” “The Kelly File," and "America’s News Headquarters." He has also appeared on Fox Business Network’s “Making Money with Charles Payne” and “After the Bell” as well as TheBlaze TV’s "The Glenn Beck Program" and "Dana!" Prior to working for public policy organizations, Dr. Borelli was a managing partner with the investment advisory firm of Action Fund Management, LLC and a portfolio manager for the Free Enterprise Action Fund (FEAF) where he used shareholder activism to challenge corporations that sought to profit from the growth of government. During his 25 years with the Altria Group, Inc., he built a foundation in public policy and issues management, drawing from diverse experiences ranging from basic research to corporate affairs. Dr. Borelli served as science fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology during the 100th Congress. Dr. Borelli has also published scientific papers on interferon and human leukemia.

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