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White House Admits It Hired Firm to Spam Americans on Health Care

As Ace notes, the White House's admission is so bad that the Friday afternoon data drop was still too much exposure, so it dumped the news today:

The White House hired a private communications company based in Minnesota to distribute mass e-mails, helping to shed light on how some recipients received e-mails in support of President Obama's health care plan without signing up for them, FOX News has learned.

The company, Govdelivery, describes itself as the world's leading provider of government-to-citizen communication solutions and says its e-mail service provides a fully-automated on-demand public communication system.

It is still unknown how much taxpayer money the White House provides to Govdelivery for its services.

The revelation comes after the White House acknowledged this week that people were receiving unsolicited e-mails from the administration about health care reform and suggested the problem was with third-party groups that placed the recipients' names on the distribution list.

Republicans quickly pounced on the news.

"This is yet another ominous chapter in the administration's rabid campaign to jam its radical health care scheme onto an unwilling public by any means necessary," Rep. Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan said in a statement.

Govdelivery sent hundreds of e-mails from senior adviser David Axelrod asking supporters to help rebut criticism of Obama's health care plan circulating on the Internet. It also sent e-mails highlighting Obama's speech to the Muslim world in Cairo and the announcement of Sonia Sotomayor as a Supreme Court nominee.

Several FOX News viewers complained they received these e-mails even though they had never requested any communication from the White House.

The administration probably got those email addresses from the now closed down [email protected] snitching effort. There's nothing this administration won't do to get its way. What's next, hiring ACORN to come to your house to harass you into supporting health care?


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Comments (17)

So is this what they call A... (Below threshold)
hcddbz:

So is this what they call Astro Turf

Next week the White House w... (Below threshold)
914:

Next week the White House will finally admit its run by socialist thugs.

Either that or Kim will get... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Either that or Kim will get the following email:

Kim:
We're from Chicago. You got a problem with our email system?
Rahm

so the white House admits i... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

so the white House admits it sent out a political message from David Axelrod with taxpayer money?

Holder? Holder? Anyone seen Attorney General Holder? Or is he too busy having a beer at Black Panther Headquarters?

This and the other ... (Below threshold)
irongrampa:


This and the other fetid occurrences can be explained by 2 words.

I won.

I wonder who owns Govdelive... (Below threshold)
HughS:

I wonder who owns Govdelivery?

"I wonder who owns Govdeliv... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"I wonder who owns Govdelivery?"

Great question! I'll bet the MSM will get right on that and let us know.

GarandFan,Of cours... (Below threshold)

GarandFan,

Of course you're right. If this was the Bush Administration, asking people to report criticisms of the Patriot Act to the White House and then sending out spam emails urging people to support the Patriot Act, Democrats and liberal bloggers would be peeing a ring around themselves in hysteria, invoking Gestapo and Nazi concentration camp imagery and demanding every kind of investigation known to man. And the MSM would be reporting the Democrat reaction as the headline, not the "official" story from the Bush White House.

Thank God we have good conservative investigative reporters and bloggers today. Anyone wonder why Michelle Malkin's "Culture of Corruption" has been #1 NYT best seller for 3 weeks in a row? These stories need to be told, and there are a lot of Americans who want to know the truth.

Where is Edward R. Murrow w... (Below threshold)
Trajan:

Where is Edward R. Murrow when you need him?
I doubt that even Obama's House of Smoke and
Mirrors could have stopped his relentless
probing. The toughest foil to the White House
now is Big Jon Stewart.

Who cares?... (Below threshold)
Bob Qwerty:

Who cares?

Heh,I'd like to see Acornho... (Below threshold)
1903A3:

Heh,I'd like to see Acornholieo show up at my door to "argue" health care with me.Now that would be fun.

Worst. President. Ever.... (Below threshold)
Clay:

Worst. President. Ever.

Who cares?</p... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Who cares?

Well, ask yourself if W had used taxpayer money to send you spam and other advertising for bills he wanted passed how would you feel? Should the president be using tax payer money to promote partisan politics?

Did W send you spam about passing the funding for Iraq? Did you get spam about the Patriot Act?

For crying out loud. Obama gets more air time than anyone other than a network anchor man. It's not like he has no way of getting his message out.

It's not as if this were some bipartisan proposal either. There is deep disagreement and this is something that his party and his party alone has pushed for decades. So it's no big deal to you? Just remember that when the GOP starts doing the same thing for their partisan proposals and keep your mouth shut.

Except that the GOP probably wouldn't do it and wouldn't defend an unethical practice like this. Like most ethical lapses, the liberals are only concerned when someone else does it.

What they should have done ... (Below threshold)
Progressi ve ahole:

What they should have done instead is just totally lie about everything and out a cia agent to get their way then checked the bumper stickers of the cars at rallies and boot anyone with a Mccain sticker. Oh ya and if anyone wears the wrong t shirt to a rally they should be arrested.

That would be way better than sendong some email.

How much money was spent to... (Below threshold)
Progressive ahole:

How much money was spent to promote W's desired overhaul of Social Security?

How much money was spent defending the illegal war in Iraq?

The Patriot Act was brought forward in the middle of the night and passed without being read.

Does any body remember the Bush administration asking us to spy on our neighbours, friends and clients?

Of course we cant expect cons to remember any of that, they are to blinded by their love of utter idiots such as George W Bush and Sarah Palin.

And yes some of us stupid liberals did jump up and down about it, we were called names then just as now because that is really all you cons know how to do is call names.

progressive ahole, hey at l... (Below threshold)
Marc:

progressive ahole, hey at least you admit it.

Anyway, there's so much BS on your 2 posts to bother with but this is especially egregious: "The Patriot Act was brought forward in the middle of the night and passed without being read."

The Patriot Act was passed by wide margins in both houses of Congress and was supported by members of both the Republican and Democratic parties. Funny you should not note your fellow progressive aholes.

The bill was introduced on October 23, 2001 and signed into law on October 26, 2001 fast, but hardly overnight.

"Does any body remember the Bush administration asking us to spy on our neighbours, friends and clients?"

No, show my proof ahole.

What he did do was authorize interception of calls between us citizens that communicated with known or suspected terrorists.

WTF!!!... (Below threshold)

WTF!!!




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