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$90,000 paid to Direct Communications by Montgomery

by: CallidaMater

Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 12:13:26 PM CDT


Mea culpa -- thanks for the clarification!

Callida Mater

From Steve Raby:

I am not President of Direct Communications. My firm is Huntsville Direct Communications.

I did not nor have I ever done work for Montgomery or any State project.

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I found this article (http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20100419/NEWS02/4190319/Montgomery-officials-spent-111K+-on-design-work-for-new-State-House) in today's Montgomery Advertiser, describing $111,950 spent by the City of Montgomery, Montgomery County, and the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce to try to persuade the state to build a new State House at the foot of Dexter Avenue. While the artist's renderings are lovely, and seem to the the main thrust of the article, the final sentence is the one that leaves me asking more questions:

A contract between the chamber and Direct Communications cost $90,000.

A quick Google search told me that Direct Communications is a PR firm out of Birmingham, whose president is Steve Raby, who's currently running as a Democratic contender for the District 5 seat. 

 

While I don't know much about PR firms, or the rates they generally charge, I wish the article had delved a little more deeply into what the contract provided to the city. Do any of you have insight into whether this is a fairly standard fee to a municipality for consulting work?

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Lobbying on behalf of municipalities and counties (0.00 / 0)
It's big business in Alabama.  This particular example isn't related to the lack of home rule embodied in the 1901 Constitution, but I'd like to know how much money Alabama counties and municipalities have to cough up every year in lobbying fees and other expenses related to getting local issues past the Legislature.  I'm sure it would be a big number, and it represents money that isn't available to provide local services, but is going to Montgomery instead.

Work harder and work smarter!

Thanks for the insight! (4.00 / 1)
Especially given the state of proration right now, it's hard to read an article about the local government paying that kind of money without more details about what the benefits are. I realize it would be good for the city if that site were chosen, but that amount paid for PR galls me!

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