Saturday, August 20, 2011

Obama Administration Spent $1 Million Tax Dollars Advertising Obamacare Before 2010 Election

It’s just a coincidence, I’m sure, that the Department of Health and Human Services made a big, taxpayer-funded ad buy to direct internet users to their propaganda information about the health care law right before the 2010 election.

On October 25, 2010, HHS New Media Communications Director Julia Eisman sent an email to Ogilvy Senior Vice President Imani Green, reading, “Given the high performance, we’re wondering if we should we consider reallocating resources from the lesser performing words and put more $$ to ‘Obamacare’ – at least for the next 7 days.” Seven days from October 25, 2010, was November 2nd, Election Day.

“There is nothing special about November 2nd other than the fact that it was Election Day,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton told The Examiner. “What possible reason could the Obama HHS have for maximizing their propaganda dollars in the seven days before Election Day other than to elect Democrats? This seems to be a blatant violation of the Hatch Act, among other laws. Congress needs to get on the ball and investigate,” he concluded.

I think it’s a little silly to advertise about government programs and policies anyway. The government should have information available about laws and policy, absolutely, but the politicians get plenty of campaign contributions to defend the laws they make. There’s no need to fleece the taxpayers this way.