In an op-ed published on March 15 in Roll Call, PRSA National urged the U.S. Senate to avoid actions that might diminish or severely restrict the federal government’s use of approved public relations and public affairs contractors.
PRSA’s action is in response to a Senate investigation of the federal government’s use of public relations and advertising firms. In the op-ed, and letters submitted to Senator Claire McCaskill (D–Mo.) and Senator Rob Portman (R–Ohio), who are leading the investigation, PRSA urges the Senate to avoid actions that might diminish or severely restrict the federal government’s use of approved public relations and public affairs contractors.
According to an e-mail from PRSA Chair and CEO Gerard F. Corbett, APR, Fellow PRSA, the investigation is in a preliminary state and no immediate outcome is expected. Corbett said PRSA feels it is prudent to explain to Sens. McCaskill and Portman, along with other legislators, the significant value the public relations industry brings to the American public.
PRSA also issued a news release on the issue.
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