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As of Friday, the State of Missouri has paid out $1,142,483.33 for “Public Relations Services” above and beyond the usual taxpayer-funded communicators, such as Guv Jay Nixon’s overworked, harried and exasperated crew. The publicly funded payments are reflected with about three months left in Fiscal Year 2013. The Missouri Accountability Portal reveals the largest single amount in extra state PR spending – $593,999.12 – was for unspecified “non-contract purchases” from St. Louis-based Fleishman-Hillard Inc. The Missouri budget year ends June 30, so F-H may glean a cool million from the state treasury. The colyumnist is assured he should stay tuned for that…Meanwhile, $26,000 in public dollars earmarked for public relations flowed from this state budget year to the Great Forest Park Balloon Race; the Missouri Black Expo got $50,000 in public relations payments, while the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus received $15,000 through state agency spending. The St. Louis Symphony is listed as receiving $20,000 in state spending on PR, while the St. Louis American newspaper and the St. Louis Business Journal were paid $15,000 and $13,000, respectively, the Portal discloses. Clear Channel St. Louis snagged a relatively paltry $4,000.


  • flyoverland says:

    This is pure waste. The state can cut funds for the blind, but has money for this. Pathetic.

  • Richard Prepuce says:

    What a colossal waste of tax dollars.
    My company was approached for “donations” to the Missouri Black Expo.
    It was a pure shakedown.
    Now we see the State Of Missouri handing over tax dollars to these crooks.
    What a crock!

  • tom cori says:

    Buying demo votes with tax payers money….what new about that? What your shocked….oh you kid.

  • MM says:

    Why does the state need to spend one penny to promote the Forest Park Balloon Race, it is one of the heaviest attended outdoor events and makes a boat load of money without taxpayers propping it up. This is wastrel spending by the Jay Nixon Administration.

  • Towncar07 says:

    State overspending run amuck…add to that the National propensity to “redistribute” and the end result will harm everyone. The harm will create it’s own dire results. Do we need to build “safe rooms” just like the shelters of the 50’s again ?

  • RepubsNoBetter says:

    How much di the State of Missouri spen on the Tour of Missouri?

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