December 18, 2017

IF THEY WERE SERIOUS THEY'D HIRE FUSION:

The EPA Hired a Major Republican Opposition Research Firm to Track Press Activity : It promises "war room" style media monitoring. (REBECCA LEBER, ANDY KROLL AND RUSS CHOMADEC. 15, 2017, Mother Jones)

Using taxpayer dollars, the Environmental Protection Agency has hired a cutting-edge Republican PR firm that specializes in digging up opposition research to help Administrator Scott Pruitt's office track and shape press coverage of the agency.

According to federal contracting records, earlier this month Pruitt's office inked a no-bid $120,000 contract with Definers Corp., a Virginia-based public relations firm founded by Matt Rhoades, who managed Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign. Following Romney's defeat, Rhoades established America Rising, an ostensibly independent political action committee that works closely with the Republican National Committee and Republican candidates to mine damning information on opponents. Other higher-ups at Definers include former RNC research director Joe Pounder, who's been described as "a master of opposition research," and senior vice president Colin Reed, an oppo-research guru billed as "among the leaders of the war on [Sen. Elizabeth] Warren."

Information wants to be free.  Whether taxpayers want to pay to free it is separable.
Posted by at December 18, 2017 6:00 AM

  

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