From the AP
"The U.S. government hired a New Orleans man for $18,000 to assess whether news stories about its actions in the Gulf oil spill were positive or negative for the Obama administration, which was keenly sensitive to comparisons between its response and former President George W. Bush's much-maligned reaction to Hurricane Katrina.
"The government also spent $10,000 for three minutes of video showing a routine offshore rig inspection for news organizations but couldn't say whether any ran the footage. And it awarded a $216,625 no-bid contract for a survey of seabirds to an environmental group that has criticized what it calls the "extreme anti-conservation record" of Sarah Palin, a possible 2012 rival to President Barack Obama."
The full story HERE
You may as well read it in LRRP's World 'cause you ain't gonna read it anywhere else.
Thanks to the folks at Workboat.com for the heads up.