Anger is bubbling over about a report that Hillary
Clinton's pollster, Mark Penn, received $5.97 million from the $787
billion federal stimulus. The Hill's Alexander Bolton reports
that the money went to Burson-Marsteller, Penn's global
public-relations firm, saving three jobs. A snapshot of the
- "What a Deal!" exclaims
"Less than $2 million per job created-or-saved for Democratic campaign
consultants... Beyond the obvious corruption and cronyism issues, one
wonders why the
stimulus funds are being spent on public relations and polling firms in
the first place. Is this a jobs program or are the Democrats just
trying to spend barrels of money as fast as they can on worthless
projects? Mark Penn certainly has a lot of experience with the latter."
- So This Is What Obama Meant... Matt Welch at Reason lifts quotes from Obama's jobs speech yesterday: "I asked
Vice President Biden and others to make sure to the extent
humanly possible that the investments were sound, the projects
worthy, and the execution efficient." Hurling a barb, Welch says "I wonder if by 'worthy' he includes
- That Isn't Even the Half of It, write the editors at
National Review. Acknowledging The Hill's scoop, they list a slew of
other stimulus projects they find objectionable, including: "$221,000
for a study on why young men don't like condoms"; "Nearly $1 million in
stimulus money being spent to study the division of labor among ants";
and "$5 million to provide geothermal heat for a Tennessee mall that's
all but empty."
- Shame on You Penn, writes Wonkette: "History’s greatest monster, the notorious bottom-feeding nudibranch
Mark Penn, has once again triumphed over Goodness and Mercy. Nearly $6
million in stimulus money went to Penn’s PR firm, Burson-Marsteller, in
order to 'preserve three jobs,' which is a fancy way of saying 'keep
Penn in Cheetos and JUGGS subscriptions through 2012.'"
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