The IEA twitter account of the Ministry of Climate and Energy has been bogging down since January 2019, but the ministry paid 10,716 euros per year for the operation of @IEAforschungAT. Even after two and a half years, this appearance on twitter is only followed by 230 people – so each individual follower was subsidized with more than 46 euros.
This is just one example of how the Green Minister deals with tax money when it comes to her presence on social media channels: The operator costs for the 36 Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Linkedin channels of the climate and Ministry of Energy costs Austria’s taxpayers 120,000 euros a year, that can now be read in an answer to a parliamentary question from the FPÖ (we reported).
In addition, the minister allowed these performances to be advertised with more than 325,000 euros in tax money. The klimaticket accounts on Facebook and Instagram alone were advertised with 103,000 euros in tax money…
The Green Minister’s social media activities, which are extremely expensive for all Austrians, are carried out – what a surprise – mainly via agencies in which Green ex-politicians or ex-Global 2000 employees are or were until recently managing directors. So it can be assumed that the client (the ex-Global 2000 managing director Gewessler) and the contractors should know each other.
For example, the agency “Brainbows” of the ex-Green Monika Langthaler, together with the company of the ex-Global 2000 press chief and Van der Bellen election campaign manager Lothar Lockl, was again the best bidder for the social media topic in the energy and climate Ministry: Their “communication of the offers” had to be worth 58,006.94 euros to the taxpayer.
And another coincidence: Exactly this bidding consortium of the two agencies “Brainbows” and “Lockl & Keck” was also commissioned by the Green Minister to “handle the awareness-raising program of the climate protection initiative”. Costs for this: 304,000 euros.