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Federal agencies spend north of $1 billion each year on public relations to influence the American people, according to a new government report.

{mosads}The report from the non-partisan Government Accountability Office claims federal agencies spend about $1 billion on advertising campaigns.

Another $430 million goes toward the cost of employing thousands of public relations professionals at salaries of around $90,000.

Some of the biggest spenders include the Environmental Protection Agency, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Federal Election Commission, Small Business Administration and State Department.

The report was commissioned by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.).

“With increasing pressures on limited federal resources, it is crucial to know how much is spent across the federal government on public relations activities and which federal agencies are spending the most,” Enzi said in a statement. 

“It is important to understand the primary purposes and reported benefits from the investments of tax dollars paid by America’s hardworking families,” he added.

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