Nearly $6 million in stimulus money was paid to two firms run by Mark Penn (photo above), Hillary Clinton’s pollster in 2008.Wow. Three whole jobs save for a mere $6 million. How stimulating.
Federal records show that $5.97 million from the $787 billion stimulus helped preserve three jobs at Burson-Marsteller, the global public-relations and communications firm headed by Penn.
Burson-Marsteller won the contract to work on a public-relations campaign to advertise the national switch from analog to digital television. Nearly $2.8 million of the contract was issued to Penn’s polling firm, Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates, according to federal records.
Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) said the three jobs saved at Burson-Marsteller represented a poor value for taxpayers.Well, I'd recommend Congressional hearing on this, but you expect the Democrats to go along with that when their own pollsters are raking in the money?
“It illustrates a very poor way to create jobs,” Kyl said.
Kyl said the appropriateness of Democratic strategists receiving funds “depends on whether they exerted some influence.”