Mary Peters, Toll Road Queen, Also Spent 8 MILLION Dollars on PR While Head of FHASomervell County Salon-Glen Rose, Rainbow, Nemo, Glass....Texas


Mary Peters, Toll Road Queen, Also Spent 8 MILLION Dollars on PR While Head of FHA

21 September 2006 at 11:03:56 PM

If, as we all suspect, she is going to shove federal highways as toll roads down everyone's throats, then having a huge budget to make people LIKE it by hiring PR firms to do so will be essential. And she's used to doing that anyway with taxpayer money.

The power, influence and importance of PR in the political world has risen astronomically in recent years. So it may be no surprise when it was discovered that the candidate for transportation secretary, Mary Peters (as per President Bush’s selection), implemented the resources and expertise of privately owned PR firms during her short time as chief of the Federal Highway Administration. The cost of such services over the span of less than five years averaged close to eight million dollars....

Peters has proposed a spending plan under the FHA that would call for nearly $3 million spent annually to market and advertise visually-appealing highways and routes, over $100,000 for the printing of articles documenting goings on in the organization, and a quarter of a million dollars to endorse the creation of revolutionary machinery and methodologies for the construction of highways.

Although all of this press might seem necessary to build support and awareness for the administration, many feel that the expenditures agreed upon are excessive and unnecessary. According to David Williams, VP of Citizens Against Government Waste, regarding the PR spending budget of the Federal Highway Administration: "You pass this by anyone and they say, 'How does this help us? How does this help my commute from point A to point B?'" That is the question on the minds of many affiliated with this organization and its subsidiary and related incarnations. "None of this was anything invented by anyone who's been here for the last four years," Robert Johnson, a representative for the Transportation Department, stated in response to the proposed budget.

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