In 2009, the Labor Department hired McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations LLC to create and run commercials to make employers aware of the Job Corps programs to help generate new jobs in the green industry. The ads aired the MSNBC shows of Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann at a total cost of $495,000 of stimulus money.
According to Taxpayers Protection Alliance president David Williams, the ads, which ran fourteen times a week for two months resulted in zero jobs. Williams commented on the questionable program:
“Hiring a PR firm does not create jobs, and this was obviously meant for selling a particular political agenda. The placement really reeks of a political ad rather than a job ad, and taxpayers see through this.