An ongoing U.S. Senate investigation has compelled Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) to take a lead in advocating the role of public relations profession and value.
The investigation was launched in February by Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio). Portman and McCaskill raised concerns about Obama administration’s public relations and advertising spending sending information requests to relevant federal agencies.
PRSA believes that Senate should 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.
“Whether communicating where disaster relief can be found, advising constituents about the latest trade policy development, or helping to dispel unfounded rumors, elected officials and governments at all levels rely upon public relations to provide information and build trust,” wrote Gerard F. Corbett, PRSA Chair and Chief Executive Officer, in his 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.