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1 White House Spending More of Your Tax Dollars on Sat Aug 22, 2009 8:55 pm

SSC


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White House Reveals Identity of Firm That Sent Unsolicited E-Mails on Health Reform
The White House revealed to FOX News that it hired a private communications firm to distribute mass e-mails, including unsolicited spam to help sell President Obama's health care plan.
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/08/22/white-house-reveals-identity-firm-sent-unsolicited-e-mails-health-reform/
FOXNews.com

Saturday, August 22, 2009

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.

On Monday, the White House implemented several new changes to its Web site, apparently aimed at reducing the number of people who receive unsolicited e-mails and at fighting charges that it's collecting personal information on critics.

The White House also pulled the plug on a controversial e-mail address, flag@whitehouse.gov, that was established for supporters to report "fishy" information about health care reform.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has sent a letter to the White House asking for the "full truth" behind the Axelrod e-mails and expressing concern that "political e-mail address lists were used for official purposes."

Chris Hansen, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union told FOX News that if the White House used the private firm, it's the same as if it had sent the e-mails.

The White House insists that Govdelivery aggregates nothing and plays no role in the formation of its e-mail list; it is merely an end-product e-mail distributor.

Govdelivery does extensive work with a bevy of federal, state, and local agencies, including 11 Cabinet-level departments such as Defense, State, and Justice. Among the tasks Govdelivery performs are FBI internal e-mails and external regional crime alerts, and FEMA hurricane or other natural disaster alerts.

In fact, before Jan. 1, Govdelivery handled 85 percent of mass e-mail deliveries for federal agencies.

The White House said it hired Govdelivery based on its performance with those agencies. The company was hired after Jan. 1 but before Obama took office on Jan. 20.

The White House notes that Govdelivery also handles mass e-mails for Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, both Republicans.

Earlier this week, Govdelivery's president, Scott Burns, declined to comment to FOX News on whether the White House had used his firm to send out the Axelrod e-mails.

gypsy


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so before Obama took office? umm strange what does that have to do with now, I don't believe one thing Fox reports Sorry, the are owned by republicans

SSC


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Jesus christ Gyp are you that thick you can't comprehend an article..This is in Obama time..like last week..
I would imagine you would prefer a Huffington report they are more geared to your way of thinking..

gypsy


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n fact, before Jan. 1, Govdelivery handled 85 percent of mass e-mail deliveries for federal agencies.

The White House said it hired Govdelivery based on its performance with those agencies. The company was hired after Jan. 1 but before Obama took office on Jan. 20.

The White House notes that Govdelivery also handles mass e-mails for Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, both Republicans.

Earlier this week, Govdelivery's president, Scott Burns, declined to comment to FOX News on whether the White House had used his firm to send out the Axelrod e-mails.

I believe the article states before Obama took office?? they were hired? by who in the white house also unidentified!! ummm?

no thickness here, just stating what I read! just as Fox is geared to your way of thinking~

Guest


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I've been around a long time and the first time I remember seeing White House sponsored propaganda was when Hilary put up those ads promoting Hilarrycare.The whole thing was a laughable farce, as this is. Of course,if the Repubs had done it,there would be investgations and calls for impeachment. Every desparate act these losers commit simply exaggerates their predicament. They had both houses of congress and the presidency,and they blew it.The people are up in arms, pissed off, and shouting at them in public meetings. Oh well,Nancy,better luck next time.

SSC


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Gypsy surely you are up on the news to know the e-mails were sent out by Obamas people thru this company, the whole thing has been on EVERY news outlet since the e-mails were a form of spam and to private e-mail addresses.
Don't be afraid to say Bush I know you are chomping at the bit to blame him for this too...

gypsy


Moderator
no I don't know that, just as you don't~ whateva, if it is true, so whats the Beef?the republicans are doing the same thing, several videos I put here states it~~ I see no proof as to making it look like Obama is doing this~ the ones stating this are not showing their identity,so how do we know it is not just rumors..?

rosco 357


Veteran
i wonder if they used like me the forever stamp ,,lmao

SSC


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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.
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Geeee Gyp first paragraph ..O-B-A-M-A's WHITE HOUSE...OBAMA's HEALTH CARE PROPAGANDA... bullshit e-mails unsolicited by people and sent to private addresses...a.k.a. SPAM ..Damn YOUR tax dollars paid for this ..

gypsy


Moderator
Who Cares,I don't .an it all took place before he was in office~ probably used by both dems/repubs~ if it helps health care reform I say go for it~~ Toodle do LOL as i said i don't believe anything Fox reports. an it said white house,that was probably the republicans who sent in that info LOL not Obama

gypsy


Moderator
Sorry on misunderstanding the article, I reread it, I understand now, Glad Obama stopped it, but I stand by me not liking FOX news~~ sorry SSC

gypsy


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also i should not have restated that about fox ,I did read/misunderstand the article

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