Again, the MN GOP focuses on the “how much” rather than on the “why”.
Rybak Spent $180,000 To Promote City Tap Water. “The city of Minneapolis is spending nearly $200,000 to sell something that would seem to sell itself: tap water. … Tap Minneapolis is the city’s new web site, and PR campaign to promote the city’s tap water. But unlike tap water, it’s not cheap. The web site costs $75,000. The total cost paid to the PR firm was $180,000.” (“Mpls Taxpayer Money to Promote Tap Water,” KMSP, Watch Here, June 22, 2009)
* “The water campaign was Mayor R.T. Rybak’s idea. He also brought us those decorative water fountains a year ago.” (“Mpls Taxpayer Money to Promote Tap Water,” KMSP, Watch Here, June 22, 2009)
KMSP’s quote is a bit off, considering that, in 2009, the fountains were not “brought” a year ago. In fact, only one has been built to date. Perhaps they mean that the water fountains were proposed a year before, but that’s different from spending real money.
Again, the MN GOP does a two-fer citation on a story in order to pad their talking point volume.