PR Pulse

The Department of Education has called for an
investigation into its PR contract with conservative commentator
Armstrong Williams after a Senate committee asked for records of
the department's publicity deals. The move comes after it was
disclosed earlier this month that, in 2003, Omnicom Group's
Ketchum
public-relations firm, as part of its work for the
Dept. of Education, paid Williams $240,000 to promote the "No Child
Left Behind" school-standards law on his syndicated TV show in 2004
and in his syndicated newspaper column (which has been
cancelled).