According to government records, the Obama administration paid nearly $500,000 in stimulus money to a PR firm to run advertisements on MSNBC promoting the White House’s green job training program.
The Labor Department shelled out $495,000 to McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations in 2009. The PR firm then bought advertising on MSNBC’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” and “The Rachel Maddow Show.” The ads were scheduled to run 14 times a week for two months.
While it’s impossible to tell if the ads had any indirect influence in drawing people to green job training, the official online entry on the contract for the deal noted zero jobs were directly created as a result. Read