Another option, he explained, would be to pay Roll Call and The Economist to host a Turkmenistan event. It would be costlier than the think-tank route, perhaps around $25,000, but in compensation we would have tighter control over the proceedings, plus gain "the imprimatur of a respected third party." In order that the event not seem like paid advertising, the title for the event should be "bigger than your theme," Schumacher explained, even as it would be put together in a way "that you get your message across." So we wouldn't call it "Turkmenistan Day"? I asked.I don't know about you but, although I've long known that think tanks are mostly propaganda mills, I found it a little shocking to learn one could purchase the "respected imprimatur" of Roll Call or The Economist for only $25,000. They've lost my respect with that little revelation.
In any event, there's much more. Recommended reading for anyone who wants to learn more about how conniving corporate interests have corrupted our political process.