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GAO Finding: US Dept. of Educ. engaged in illegal "covert propaganda"

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    Friday, September 30, 2005 Posted: 2208 GMT (0608 HKT) WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Education Department engaged in illegal covert propaganda when it paid
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      Friday, September 30, 2005 Posted: 2208 GMT (0608 HKT)

      WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Education Department engaged in illegal "covert
      propaganda" when it paid columnist Armstrong Williams to promote Bush
      administration policies and when it produced a video that seemed to be
      a news story, congressional investigators concluded Friday. The
      Government Accountability Office said the public relations efforts
      violated the government's "publicity or propaganda prohibition"
      because the department did not clearly disclose its role to the public.

      http://edition.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/09/30/gao.propaganda.ap/
      http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-09-30-williams-report_x.htm?csp=N003



      GAO Propaganda definintion as stated on p. 2 of 4 at:
      http://www.gao.gov/decisions/appro/304829.pdf

      "The publicity or propaganda prohibition is a restriction on the
      government's use of appropriated funds in disseminating information
      and does not prescribe legal limitations upon subsequent use of that
      information. 56 Comp. Gen. 889, 891 (1977) ("An essential prerequisite
      to a violation . . . is the use of appropriated funds in connection
      with the activities in question.")"
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