By Earnest Jones  |  05-20-2017   News
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Government manipulation, bloated contracts and propaganda are some of the issues that Oregonians deserve a safe space from.

Public relations firms are receiving hundred’s millions of dollars from the State Government to participate in a propaganda machine Oregon has created.

A total of $278 million dollars was spent by eighty-seven state agencies to convince taxpayers to spend more taxpayer dollars on bigger government, higher taxes and more regulations from 2012 through 2016.

For the last five years, taxpayers paid $110 million to employ 303 public affairs employees, spokespeople, advertising, video, print, web, graphic designers, marketing and communications managers. But, it wasn’t enough.

An additional $168 million was shelled out by the state towards advertising firms and outside PR. Oregonians were convinced o gamble after they saw that some of those firms charge fees up to $260 per hour with one company reaping total payouts of $34 million.

Big agencies are doling out extremely lucrative PR contracts. The public relations industry is a favor factory in Oregon.

Payments amounting to $34.5 million and contracts were awarded to the Borders Perrin and Norrander (BPN) by the Oregon State Lottery Commission since 2012.

The period saw BPN glean $34.5 million of the $55.9 million paid to outside PR/advertising vendors at the lottery. This was revealed by data at OpenTheBooks.com.

The Lottery’s sponsorship of the Portland Trailblazers, ‘Wheel of Fortune’ television ads, Jackpots Scratch ads, and other campaigns were handled by BPN.

The Lottery signed two major contracts with Borders Perrin and Norrander back in 2013. The ‘Price Agreement’ contract allowed BPN to charge up to $260 per hour for their ‘Creative Director.’ The contract was then amended or extended four times without competition until May 2017.

Source:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/adamandrzejewski/2017/05/20/oregon-state-governments-278-million-self-promotion-pr-machine/#1a4a566223a9

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