Mea culpa — thanks for the clarification!
From Steve Raby:
I am not President of Direct Communications. My firm is Huntsville Direct Communications.
I did not nor have I ever done work for Montgomery or any State project.
I found this article (http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20100419/NEWS02/4190319/Montgomery-officials-spent-111K+-on-design-work-for-new-State-House) in today's Montgomery Advertiser, describing $111,950 spent by the City of Montgomery, Montgomery County, and the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce to try to persuade the state to build a new State House at the foot of Dexter Avenue. While the artist's renderings are lovely, and seem to the the main thrust of the article, the final sentence is the one that leaves me asking more questions:
A contract between the chamber and Direct Communications cost $90,000.
A quick Google search told me that Direct Communications is a PR firm out of Birmingham, whose president is Steve Raby, who's currently running as a Democratic contender for the District 5 seat.
While I don't know much about PR firms, or the rates they generally charge, I wish the article had delved a little more deeply into what the contract provided to the city. Do any of you have insight into whether this is a fairly standard fee to a municipality for consulting work?