Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Why Does It Cost $2,500 to Tell Gail Kerr How to Write a Puff Piece?

Posted By on Wed, Aug 5, 2009 at 9:31 AM

Here's the latest from Channel 5's Ben Hall on how the Dean administration has been spending our tax money secretly to lobby for the new convention center. The original MDHA contract with McNeely, Pigott & Fox was not supposed to exceed $75,000, but it's already ballooned to more than $458,000. The Metro Council never voted to use public money to hire the PR firm to push the project, according to council member Mike Jameson. "What we've done is we've given MDHA money, and they've hired a public relations firm which is lobbying the council. It is clearly lobbying, and I think it's inappropriate," he says. You can't say MP&F ever has been guilty of looking a gift horse in the mouth. This is quite a scam. The firm has been charging outrageous fees and getting away with it. It cost taxpayers $200 to send this email: "Express your support for the Music City Center to your council members." It cost $2,500 to instruct Gail Kerr on how to write this article promoting the convention center. Surely, she doesn't need coaching to write a puff piece. She's had decades of practice as a corporate shill. Update: MP&F defends itself. How much will they charge us for sending these tweets?

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