Saturday, January 22, 2011

A Bill in Congress to prevent Government advertising for itself

$10,000 spent on one sign in D.C. area

From ABC News, report July 2010:
As the midterm election season approaches, new road signs are popping up everywhere – millions of dollars worth of signs touting "The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act" and reminding passers-by that the program is "Putting America Back to Work."

On the road leading to Dulles Airport outside Washington, DC there's a 10' x 11' road sign touting a runway improvement project funded by the federal stimulus. The project cost nearly $15 million and has created 17 jobs, according to

However, there's another number that caught the eye of ABC News: $10,000. That's how much money the Washington Airports Authority tells ABC News it spent to make and install the sign
Bill introduced by Republican Rep. Schock

From The Hill, "Schock bill would prevent spending on signs promoting stimulus" Jan. 21:
Legislation introduced this week by Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) would prohibit the use of funds from the 2009 stimulus bill to pay for road signs that identify construction projects that are being funded by the stimulus bill.

The bill, H.R. 389, would end stimulus funding for signs that have said "Project Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act" (ARRA) or "Putting America to Work." Republicans have bristled at the use of these signs, which they say promote the costly stimulus bill and the Obama administration.


Will said...

I'm so sick of seeing these signs! They're all over the place. If so much as pothole is repaired, they install one of these pieces of propaganda that would make Goebbels gush with excitement.

The Right Guy said...

Obama must figure he has to get good press somewhere else besides the big three + PMSNBC and the Clinton News Network. The difference is, you and I are paying for it.