Report: EPA ‘Running a $160 Million PR Machine’

Quebec, Canada and Bar Harbor, Maine had glaciers 10,000 years ago—but no longer. This is proof that “climate change” is real—but has nothing to do with cars, aerosol cans or trees. It is natural and has been forever. Yet, your taxes are being spent to indoctrinate you with junk science. The EPA spends over $160 million a year, lying about facts, science, in an effort to make the United States a Third World country—and Obama is succeeding.

“Among them, the EPA spent over $15.1 million on outside public relations consultants between 2000 and 2014. The funding was on top of the $141.496 million in salaries and $1.5 million in bonuses on full-time public affairs officers the EPA has spent since 2007. As of 2012, the EPA employed 198 public affairs employees. The average EPA employee salary is $111,165.

“Everyone is under the impression that the EPA is spending money to ‘clean the environment.’ But, it turns out EPA is running a $160 million PR Machine, $715 million police agency, a near $1 billion employment agency for seniors, and a $1.2 billion in-house law firm,” said Adam Andrzejewski, the founder of Open the Books.

“The EPA wasting $160 million on public relations dwarfs our recent exposure of their high-end furniture purchases ($92 million),” he said. “Nothing is emblematic of government excess like an army of highly compensated PR agents sitting in their easy chairs. It’s simply waste.”

This is how we lose our freedoms—government uses our money to kill jobs and make us feel guilty about living. Shame on us for allowing this. No wonder folks are angry, the GOP in Congress continues to fund our demise.

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Report: EPA ‘Running a $160 Million PR Machine’

Open the Books finds wasteful spending in the agency

BY: Elizabeth Harrington, Washington Free Beacon, 10/12/15

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) spent over $15 million on outside public relations consultants despite employing nearly 200 full-time in house PR workers.

A new report on EPA spending released by Open the Books, a nonprofit organization dedicated to transparency, found numerous examples of questionable expenditures within the agency.

Among them, the EPA spent over $15.1 million on outside public relations consultants between 2000 and 2014. The funding was on top of the $141.496 million in salaries and $1.5 million in bonuses on full-time public affairs officers the EPA has spent since 2007. As of 2012, the EPA employed 198 public affairs employees. The average EPA employee salary is $111,165.

“Everyone is under the impression that the EPA is spending money to ‘clean the environment.’ But, it turns out EPA is running a $160 million PR Machine, $715 million police agency, a near $1 billion employment agency for seniors, and a $1.2 billion in-house law firm,” said Adam Andrzejewski, the founder of Open the Books.

“The EPA wasting $160 million on public relations dwarfs our recent exposure of their high-end furniture purchases ($92 million),” he said. “Nothing is emblematic of government excess like an army of highly compensated PR agents sitting in their easy chairs. It’s simply waste.”

Open the Books also found the EPA spent $261,456 on badges and insignia, millions on gym equipment, and $17,820 on “Games, Toys and Wheeled Goods.”

The agency spent $23,884 for awards and trophies for the EPA Office of Research and Development (ORD) ceremony in 2012 and 2013.

“The EPA culture of wasteful spending extended into their own award ceremonies,” said Andrzejewski. “Tagging the awards as ‘athletic and sporting equipment’ in their checkbook, they spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to pat themselves on their own backs.”

Andrzejewski noted that the EPA also has given $144 million in performance bonuses since 2007. “It’s an imbedded culture that gave $4 million in additional awards, badges, and trophies to themselves paid for at taxpayer expense,” he said.

The report found that the EPA has spent 35.2 percent more on contracts during the first six years of the Obama administration than in the Bush administration, an increase of $2.5 billion.

Open the Books combed through $92.692 billion in EPA contracts and grants between fiscal years 2000 and 2014 to compile their findings.

“Public participation is a key component of EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment,” said a spokesperson for the agency. “EPA is legally obligated to communicate the work of our programs with the American public, Congress, stakeholders, and the media—including publicizing public hearings and citizen comment periods. This report cherry picks and falsely misrepresents the work of two administrations whose job it is to ensure people are informed about the critical work of EPA.”

 

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Comments

  1. When the performance of your duties is so dismal that you have to spend multi-millions on propaganda mills to make yourself acceptable, it is time for you to go.
    This is an agency that needs to be zero’ed out!

  2. Right on askeptic! Also defund Depts. of Education, Labor and Commerce. The EPA is the worst. Now that the air and water are pretty well cleaned up they have to start picking flyshit out of the pepper because they can’t find anything else to regulate! Thank god they got shot down on regulating puddles in farmers fields! And the worst mistake of all was having CO2 declared a “pollutant”. If it wasn’t for CO2 we would all die.

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