After the levees broke in New Orleans, the Army Corps of Engineers quietly hired a public relations firm called Outreach Process Partners (OPP).
OPP was hired under a 3-year contract to ostensibly improve the federal agency’s image.
This small firm was paid $1 million up front and, over the next three years, received another $3,613,998.00.
OPP boasted in its website that it reduced negative news stories for the corps. Levees.org brought the nearly $5 million contract to the attention of its supporters in May 2009.
Dennis Woltering with WWL TV Channel 4 did the local news story shown above on May 13, 2009.
This scandal––and many others––are described in detail in founder Sandy Rosenthal’s upcoming book, Words Whispered in Water: Why the Levees Broke in Hurricane Katrina.