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August 22, 2012

Labor Department Spends Stimulus Funds Running Ads On Olbermann, Maddow

"No jobs created," the Washington Times reports. The contract noted that -- zero jobs created.

So what were stimulus funds doing plumping Maddow's and Olbermann's show's ad buys?

The ads touted the "Green Jobs" that aren't available.

The firm ultimately negotiated ad buys for “two approved spots” airing 14 times per week for two months on “Countdown With Keith Olbermann” and “The Rachel Maddow Show,” according to a project report, which listed the number zero under a section of the report asking how many jobs had been created through the stimulus contract.

David Williams, president of the nonprofit watchdog Taxpayers Protection Alliance, called the contract “questionable” because it created no jobs and because of the placement of the ads on shows viewed as friendly to the administration’s policies.

“Hiring a PR firm does not create jobs, and this was obviously meant for selling a particular political agenda,” Mr. Williams said. “The placement really reeks of a political ad rather than a job ad, and taxpayers see through this.


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