The Public Relations Society of America has taken a lead in advocating the public relations profession’s role and value during an ongoing U.S. Senate investigation into the federal government’s use of public relations and advertising services. PRSA has cited its concerns with the investigation in a variety of forums, including direct correspondence with the Senate Subcommittee leading the investigation. Read PRSA’s letter to Congress.
Specifically, PRSA asks the Senate to avoid actions that might diminish or severely restrict the United States government’s use of approved public relations and public affairs contractors. PRSA also is asking the Senate to thoroughly consider public relations’ central value to government: its ability to engender a more informed society through ethical, transparent and honest communications between the Government and its citizens, and its role as an economic contributor to the American economy.
PRSA continues to closely monitor the investigation and provides updates to its members and the public relations profession, as appropriate. Additional information about PRSA’s response to the investigation can be obtained on this page or by contacting PRSA's public relations department.
PRSA Chair Discusses Senate Investigation of PR on ‘For Immediate Release’ Podcast
PRSA Chair and CEO Gerry Corbett discussed PRSA's advocacy campaign to educate the U.S. Senate about public relations’ value in a "For Immediate Release" interview with Shel Holtz. Listen to the podcast.
PRSA President: Bring on the Senate Inquiry into PR
In an opinion piece published March 22, 2012, in Ragan’s PRDaily, the Public Relations Society of America urges the Senate Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight to thoroughly consider public relations’ unique role and value to the federal government and the American people.
“An objective review of public relations spending by government will reveal that there is a long history of taxpayer funds being used for good work on behalf of society,” writes PRSA President and COO Bill Murray. “It is well known that better prenatal care reduces adverse post-birth health problems—and that communicating the availability and importance of care is crucial to good outcomes and lower overall costs for society.” Read the op-ed in Ragan's PRDaily.
PRSA Urges U.S. Senate to Avoid Restricting Government Use of Public Relations Firms
PRSA’s advocacy campaign launches with the announcement of a series of letters being sent to the offices of Senator Claire McCaskill (D–Mo.) and Senator Rob Portman (R–Ohio). PRSA asks the Senators to avoid actions that might diminish or severely restrict the United States government’s use of approved public relations and public affairs contractors. The Senators are leading an investigation of the federal government’s use of public relations and advertising contracts. Read the press release.
PRSA to Senate: Don’t Use the PR Industry as A ‘Punching Bag'
The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) had an op-ed published March 15, 2012, in the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call expressing its concerns with a Senate investigation into the federal government’s use of public relations and advertising services. In the opinion piece, PRSA Chair and CEO Gerard F. Corbett, APR, Fellow PRSA, urges Senator Claire McCaskill (D–Mo.) and Senator Rob Portman (R–Ohio), who are jointly leading the investigation, to avoid actions that might diminish or severely restrict the government’s use of approved public relations and public affairs contractors. Read the op-ed in Roll Call.