Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has hired an out-of-state public relations firm that specializes in crisis management, NBC News reported.
Mercury LLC bills itself as a “high stakes public strategy firm,” and said in a statement it is not being paid with state funds. The company has offices from New York to London, but none in Michigan.
Snyder’s office did not provide comment on the scope of the company’s duties or who is footing the bill.
An email from a Mercury vice president sent Friday included links to stories about failures by the Environmental Protection Agency in Flint as well as those with positive coverage of Snyder.
Snyder has been under intense scrutiny for his handling of the Flint water crisis.