The gist of this piece in Politico seems almost an inevitability.
Contractors under siege by lawmakers, taxpayer groups and taxpayers themselves for alleged misdeeds in Iraq have decided to open a P.R. campaign to make things right.
Companies like KBR and others say things are not as bad as they're portrayed. "But with Democrats in charge on Capitol Hill, congressionally sponsored hearings about misconduct have become commonplace," says the story by Samuel Loewenberg. "So the company is fighting back by joining with other contractors working in Iraq and Afghanistan to launch a new public relations and lobbying initiative to make its case."
At the helm of the effort is David Marin, a savvy Hill vet who until recently worked with Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia, who knows contracting like few others and who also has been one of the nearest and dearest to contractors.
More from the story:
"As the former Republican staff director of the House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee, Marin is no stranger to congressional investigations. He has now set up shop at the Podesta Group, where he lobbies for government contractors.
"His client is a trade group blandly called the Professional Services Council. Its membership list is anything but innocuous, however; it includes many of the companies -- Blackwater USA, Boeing, DynCorp International and KBR -- that have been at the center of the front-page controversies.
"Marin acknowledges 'the anti-contractor climate on Capitol Hill and the incidents of contract mismanagement that have spawned it.'"
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