Obama’s army of PR staffers costs taxpayers $500 million per year

by Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times  |  published on October 6, 2016

ObamaPresident Obama has swelled the ranks of government PR, adding hundreds of new public relations specialists to the federal payroll during his time in office, costing taxpayers a half-billion dollars a year, the government’s chief watchdog said Wednesday.

That doesn’t include the more than $100 million the administration spends annually for help from private sector spinmeisters, nor does it account for the $800 million spent on contracts for advertising in 2015, according to the Government Accountability Office.

“Spending $1.5 billion on government PR activities is a huge waste of money. That sort of spending should be drastically scaled back,” said Chris Edwards, a federal budget scholar at the Cato Institute.

The administration added some 667 PR staffers between 2008, the last full year under his predecessor, and 2011, when public relations staffing across federal agencies peaked at 5,238 people. That’s a jump of 15 percent during those years.

  • Marilynn Reeves

    Any President that needs this much PR help does NOT need to be in office.

  • Stash Holly

    Obama sucks this bad with a Half Billion Tax Dollars? We should demand the DNC pay us every extra dollar this Muslim Terrorist has cost us.

  • Worried Vet

    This is a disgrace. These elites think it’s their money and it never ends. This way of thinking is going to destroy us period, and anyone who thinks this country can keep spending money like we do is just blind. I’m tired of this subject pretty much being ignored this whole election season. This should be right up there with security and the economy since they all tie in together. Does anyone with common sense really think we will have any money for security, the military, police, fireman, or emt personal when the dollar fails and countries who hate us stop lending money to keep this country afloat. Hillary wants to give away the store just for votes period. These liberals having been buying votes for decades by giving away the store. What happens when there is no more to give away and no more to keep paying for things like foodstamps. How many of the public know that the refugees coming here Are set up with more benefits that the very poor legal citizens here get? I’m a very poor veteran and I get very little help to survive month to month. There are refugees and illegals who don’t have to beg for a ride to the doctor, or walk to the store for food, or beg for help to pay a water bill that is outrageous for little usage. They are housed, clothed, and given enough food stamps to eat according to their religious beliefs. We can’t afford to eat to try to stay healthy. To me folks there is something very wrong with that picture. When I see waste like this article so the president can pay people to make him look good and keep his ratings higher, well to me that should be plain theft from taxpayers. When these politicians are given an expense account and can charge transportation, meals, and hotels so they can go home to campaign, that should be theft. Why do we pay those idiots so well when they work an average of 123 days a year? They spend the rest of their time on vacations or running for office or fund raising. Why are we paying them to keep their jobs? It’s like the media right now acting like Trump did something illegal with not paying taxes and taking a loss. He followed the rules just like these lying two faced crooks do. Really does anyone think GE , Microsoft, GM, Ford, Obama, Clinton, or any other large company or rich elite does. These laws were written by these elites for these elites duh, get it folks, it’s not rocket science. They don’t write laws for us, and if they do like Obama care they write in they are not forced to follow the law like we have to. If the public had time to really get Into the laws and regulations Congress has passed over they years and see how many they exempt themselves from the whole country would be pissed. They made sure they don’t have to use Obama care folks, they have the cream of the crop health care policy for them and their family, and taxpayers pay for that. How many taxpayers are paying for the best of everything for politicians and can’t afford it for themselves. It’s the same thing if you have soup for dinner and you buy dinner for them with lobster and steak. Hillary preaches about fair share and it’s not equal, well why is it not equal, because they vote to give them the best. That’s a law you won’t see out in public. When is the last time their pay raises have been in public view for us to debate on, to see if they deserve a raise. Where there bosses but don’t get one vote if they have earned any raise or new benefits. Think about it people and pass this around. This info is the for all to see even liberals can’t argue the facts. We’re In deep doo doo if things don’t change and fast.

  • why would any body need PR people when they have newspapers and tv news in their pocket

  • between PR , barry’s golf , moochie ‘s vacation and her mother = stupid tax payer

  • ricktenny

    1.5 Billion of our tax dollars to have professional bullshit artists sell us the bullshit programs this president can’t figure out on his own now to sell. And these people can’t seem to figure out who created the Trump Brigade?
    I can see it…it’s January 20, 2017. The phone rings in the Oval Office the departing pos answers, who is this? who;s Chief of Staff? Why isn’t he here for our meeting? What do you mean, he doesn’t want to meet with me!!! I am the President, he has to meet with……..knock knock knock…What!! Secret Service, Moving truck has pulled out and Marine 1 is ready to leave.

  • Tyronne Shoelaces

    The monkey is trying to break America’s bank.

  • cmi

    Spent on a SOB that isn’t worth 10 cents!!! He’s the LYING-est president of all times!!!! Any SOB that will lie to us will also STEAL from us!!!!!!

  • Walter Flatt

    WAR WAS DECLARED ON ISLAM OVER 200 YEARS AGO, GOOGLE THOMAS JEFFERSON V/S THE MUSLIM WORLD.
    ALSO THIS COUNTRY PASSED A LAW IN 1952 BANNING ALL MUSLIMS FROM THIS COUNTRY.
    FROM A KOREAN WAR VET 51/53 VOTE TRUMP.

    GOOGLE 3 THINGS, THE NEW CLINTON CHRONICLES 2015, 2ND, HILLARY CAREER CHRIMINAL, 3RD, CLINTONS CIRCLE OF POWER. LISTEN TO ALL.

    HAVE WE BEEN SET UP FOR A MUSLIM INVASION, BY HILLIARY, OBAMA, SOROS, AND THE BIASED NEWS MEDIA? IF NOT. READ ALL THE WHYS BELOW.

    WHY HAS HILLIARY, OBAMA, KERRY AND THE BIASED NEWS MEDIA DONE EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO HELP THE RADICAL MUSLIMS.

    A LAW WAS PASSED IN 1952 BARRING ALL MUSLIMS FROM THIS COUNTRY, THAT WILL INCLUDE OBAMA AND ALL HE HAS AROUND HIM IN DC.

    WHY DID THIS ADMINSTRATION TRY AND BUY ALL AMMO?

    WHY TRADE 5 TERRIOST FROM CUBA FOR ONE TRAITOR?

    WHY TRY AND TAKE OUR GUNS? HITLER DID, & HISTORY TELLS US WHAT HAPPENED THERE.

    WHY ALLOW A MINIMUM OF 35 MUSLIM CAMPS HERE IN THE STATES?

    WHY ARE THERE 5 MUSLIM CAMPS IN N. VA. CLOSE TO DC? ARE THEY TO TAKE WASHINGTON?

    WHY BUILD A FEMA CAMP IN EVERY STATE, SOME MORE THAN ONE, WITH ARMED GUARDS? ARE THEY TO HOLD MUSLIMS?

    WHY ARE THEY BRINGING THOUSANDS OF YOUNG MUSLIMS HERE?

    WHY IS THE TAX PAYER HAVING TO FEED, CLOTH & HOUSE THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSAND OF MUSLIMS BEING BROUGHT HERE?

    WHY GIVE THE THOUSANDS OF MUSLIMS BROUGHT IN FREE HEALTH CARE, SPENDING THOUSANDS FOR HOSPITAL CARE?

    WHY ARE THE ILLEGALS BEING TREATED BETTER THAN OUR VETERANS.

    WHY STOP THE TANK AND PLANE SHIPPMENT TO EGYPT, WHEN THEIR ARMY KICK THE RADICALS OUT?

    WHY DID OUR GOVERNMENT SEND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO HELP THE RADICALS IN IRAN, A COUNTRY OUT TO DESTROY US?

    WHY ARE WE SENDING BILLIONS TO ARAB COUNTRIES, AND LETING OUR COUNTRY GO TO POT?

    WHY DONT THEY ENFORCE THE LAW BARRING ALL MUSLIMS FROM THIS COUNTRY?

    WHY IS THE MUSLIM MAJOR IN TEXAS LIVING THAT KILLED 14 SOLDIERS AND WOUNDED A LOT MORE?

    WHY ARE THEY RELEASING ALL MUSLIMS IN CUBA TO GO BACK INTO ACTION TO KILL OUR SOLDIERS?

    WHY DONT WE HANG ALL MUSLIMS CAUGHT AND BURY THEM WITH PIG PARTS, LIKE GENERAL PERSHING DID IN THE PHILLIPENS?

    WHY WAS OBAMA ALLOWED TO SWEAR IN CARLOYN WALKER AS JUDGE IN BROOKLIN USING THE QURAN?

    I SAY, ARM ALL OUR TROUPS TO PREVENT A MUSLIM TAKEOVER. THINK IT IS IMPOSSIBLE. I CAN TAKE 100 AND TAKE ANY BASE IN 1 HOUR.

    BETTER COAT ALL YOU AMMO WITH PIGS BLOOD OR GREASE, THINGS DO NOT LOOK GOOD.

    JUST PRAY THAT DONALD TRUMP IS ELECTED AND IS ABLE TO TAKE OVER AS OUR PRESIDENT.

    GOOGLE THE NEW CLINTON CHRONICLE 2015 AND YOU JUST MIGHT KNOW WHY.

    BELOW IS A GOOD REASON WHY I BELIEVE THAT A TAKEOVER TRY IS POSSIBLE. HOW CAN THE BIASED NEWS SAY OBAMA IS NOT A MUSLIM.

    THE LAST WHY, WHY DONT THE BIASED NEWS MEDIA REPORT ALL THIS???????????

  • afanaglenn

    No big deal. Obama is just following in the footsteps of Hitler.

  • bobnstuff

    We added 10 PR people per state, less then one per agency per state. The VA getting a bunch of them. Gee, that’s big news. How many Federal offices do we have in this country? I think most have their own PR person so they can get information out to the public. I guess letting the public know what programs the government offers is a bad thing. Public relations between the government and the voters must be stopped. In 2011 the government had 100 people per state handling all the governments public relations. Next they will go after the military for spending $120 million a year on toilet paper.

  • Marilynn Reeves

    This kind of money could have sure fixed a lot of roads or trained a lot of Welfare people for a job.

  • Gregg Jensen

    Too bad BO isn’t running again so I could NOT vote for him again.

    Oh well, BO has done his damage; time to move on, supported, praised, and adulated by the next group of admirers, lackeys, and sycophants.

    • Rich Shack

      The really sad thing is that BO would probably win again.

      • wellilltellya

        HE already KNOWS how to RIG the elections proven it twice ! so it would NOTHING to him to do it a THIRD TIME

  • Robert Russell

    No surprise here GDP 1% after 8 years if Trump is our president he will find out just how bad it really is. We are close to a depression. Just maybe Trump can get things turned around i sure hope so but it is worse than people think. This administration has our country so messed up hard to believe just how bad it is. Vote Trump November 8 to save our country. Remember he will deport illegals & build the wall to keep Mexicans in Mexico. Vote Trump.

  • Rick D.

    And, don’t forget….this is coming from the “most transparent administration ever”!! Heaven help us if we have to endure 4-8 years of HRC as POTUS!

  • Askjrsk

    Well Obamas can not lose their place as the worst president of all documented history.

  • Linda

    Tell me one thing. How can Hillary Clinton be ahead in the polls when almost everything I read on the Internet is negative about her. I think the media has to be telling us a lie hoping that we will not vote because they are saying she has already won this race. I am very confused. Is anyone else?

    • bert shaw

      The beach is a globalist just like OBOZZO and the globalist own the MSM or should I say the main stream propagandist they cater to the stupid and lazy re the Democraps or should I say the Communist party USA the party of the perverts, the party of the parasites the party of the illegal alien the party of the scum-bags, and I’am not a Republican but I am a patriot, a christian a former U.S. Marine and a Veteran of two combat tours in the NAM VOTE TRUMP if you want to save America from the trash that has appeared in the open

      • Shavis Irons

        Thanks for your service, Burt… nice truck too!

    • Guest

      I keep asking that, too. Hardly anyone shows up for her so called meetings? Except for the liberal media, I find vey few who say they will vote for her. Guess they will have to find some more “dead” people to vote for her. I can’t believe the corruption that has become our Government.

  • Karll

    Hitler only needed Joseph Goebbels.

  • Rodney Steward

    He’s not known as the worst President in history for nothing! And all the Czars should be hanged in public!

  • Dan

    If Donald Trump cleans out all of this spending nonsense, real money could be used to pay for things that matter and might actually help the American people for a change. You see Obama is doing whatever he can to paint a false legacy of himself as some wonderful savior that ended war, reduced unemployment and created the utopia that all of these socialists live for…It’s all a lie.

    • B-bhing Solis

      No wonder he is spending so much money for nothing …. Trump 2016 to clean all those Miss up that the Obama created ..

  • Webb

    Government Is Not The Solution…It Is The Problem!
    Another Wasteful Program Using OUR Tax Dollar…
    “Its their Tax Dollars and WE know how to spend It”…a thought from every employee that is Elected!!
    ☆☆☆

  • Stephen Howe

    Not surprising. No one man, even Obama, can keep so many diverse lies afloat on his own.

    • “You can keep your healthcare insurance.”
    • “We’re not at war with Islam terrorists.”
    • “Hey! I’m a Christian / American / negro!”
    • Lather, rinse, repeat!

    I guess he can’t hire any more welfare-to-work “civil servants” in the Post Office, so this is yet another attempt to redistribute (YOUR) wealth.

    And don’t forget that Hillary needs her own army of liars also.

    But don’t worry! BO can just keep on printing money, right?

    • Mike Tanco

      He promised change and we got the change and he and his bunch got the currency. This guy is a fraud, a liar, a traitor and is still a Muslim.

      • Rodney Steward

        And the change is far from over if Hellary goes in!

        • Askjrsk

          She can sell more guns to Syrians. More calls to not answer. That’s her platform. Badmouthing and insulting and body bagging anyone that gets in her way

          • Rodney Steward

            Thank God she’s dying a slow death, but wished it would speed up some!! Love to see her bagged and tagged!!

          • Askjrsk

            She is a traitor. Benadict Arnold would be appalled.

          • Rodney Steward

            Yes he would, and he did nothing compared to Hellary!

          • Askjrsk

            They hung him from a flag pole on 3rd East in NYC. Just like Hillary fears Donald will do to her! Trump

          • wellilltellya

            makes Him look like a BOY SCOUT? she ids defiantly a credit to her gender ? rattle SNAKE

          • Askjrsk

            That’s it. She is guilty of perjury espionage and treason. TRUMP

        • ricktenny

          Gotta have faith Rodney.

          • Rodney Steward

            Yes Sir, 🙂 all we have left!!

      • Askjrsk

        He couldn’t go to Florida for the storm. He tells victims of the hurricane to be aware. Isn’t he smart? He asumes that Florida people are dumber than him and needs his instructions. TRUMP

      • cmi

        I agree with you, Mike!! He will leave office “richer” than he leaves the country!!!!

    • Askjrsk

      He acts like an NFL star. Comes from poverty to massive wealth and spending money faster than he can make it and in no time is in financial crisis. Can’t afford gas for all the expensive toys in the garages. That’s our Obamas.

    • ricktenny

      Army of liars? Hell she can save the budget right there, good as she is.

  • Elaine Morris

    Welll, it ain’t working…you need to give them something positive to work with.

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