Did Obama use the NEA to stump for ObamaCare?

posted at 12:15 pm on September 21, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The White House has tried to campaign hard for its health-care overhaul, but now allegations have arisen that the Obama administration abused its power by pushing the National Endowment for the Arts into campaigning for it as well.  Andrew Breitbart’s Big Hollywood publishes today the transcript of a conference call hosted by the NEA in which they push grant recipients to speak out on behalf of Obama’s top domestic-policy agenda item.  If true, the White House may have substantiated one of the arguments conservatives use for the abolition of the NEA as well as abused its power — and they have the audio to prove it:

On August 10th, the National Endowment for the Arts, the White House Office of Public Engagement, and the Corporation for National and Community Service hosted a conference call with a handpicked arts group. This arts group played a key role in Obama’s arts effort during his election campaign, as declared by the organizers of the call, and many on the call played a role in the now famous Obama Hope poster.

Much of the talk on the conference call was a build up to what the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) was specifically asking of this group. In the following segment, Buffy Wicks, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, clearly identifies this arts group as a pro-Obama collective and warns them of some “specific asks” that will be delivered later in the meeting. …

What were the “asks”? They were for this pro-Obama arts group to create art on several hotly debated political issues, including health care:

  • “I would encourage you to pick something, whether it’s health care, education, the environment, you know, there’s four key areas that the corporation has identified as the areas of service.”
  • “And then my ask would be to apply artistic, you know, your artistic creative communities utilities and bring them to the table.”
  • “Again, I’m really, really honored to be working with you; the National Endowment for the Arts is really honored.”
  • “You’re going to see a lot more of us in the next four and hopefully eight years.”

The NEA supposedly is “dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education,” according to its website.  It has nothing at all to do with health care, tax policy, or the environment.  Nor should it; if it belongs in government at all, it should restrict itself to its area of expertise, not abuse taxpayer patronage by becoming a propaganda arm of the current administration.

Does this break the law?  That’s questionable, but it certainly breaks the trust of the American taxpayer.  We do not fund the NEA for it to produce Leni Riefenstahl-type art.  If the NEA wants to go into policy activism, then it should become a private foundation with private funding, and Congress should cut it loose.

The NEA was bad enough when it was using tax dollars to fund such memorable art as placing a crucifix in a jar of urine.  Congress should completely defund the NEA at this juncture and tell the Obama administration to end its attempts to build propaganda machines in the executive branch.

Update: My friend Kerry Picket at the Washington Times wants to activate an Army of Davids to get information on the teleconference’s participants (via Michelle):

We invite bloggers and other interested readers to check out the names on the list for themselves. Some individuals are more well known than others. We’re looking for solid, well-sourced information we can use to expand our coverage and generate new stories. This is an example. Here are some ideas on what to start with:

Is the information about them accurate/up to date?

Have these individuals been involved in Democratic politics?

Are they campaign donors? To whom?

Since the Aug. 10 conference call, have any of these individuals been involved in political activism related to health care, environment or education, the subjects suggested by the NEA in the call?

Are they members of any of the 21 arts organizations that endorsed health care reform two days after the call?

Are any of them involved in other arts groups funded through the NEA or through state-level arts agencies funded by the NEA?

Do they have a history of being involved with dubious causes such as 9/11 “Truther” statements?

How many of them have written for The Huffington Post (we’ve noticed a couple)?

When you’ve got something good, stick links to the supporting information in our comments or a post on your blog or email us at kpicket@washingtontimes.com . We’ll do our best to stay on top of any new information and credit the person who dug it up.

A couple quick things to keep in mind. We’ve already attempted to contact the people on the list, so there is no need to follow in our footsteps. As they respond, we’ll add an updated tally in another post on the Water Cooler. Second, the people on the list are private citizens who were asked to be on a call where a National Endowment for the Arts official went way too far in pushing for artists and arts groups to get behind the administration agenda. The people on the call didn’t neccesarily do anything controversial or wrong. The NEA and the White House are the ones who have gone too far.

Update II: Don’t miss Big Government’s post on Buffy Wicks, who participated in the call and has ties to … ACORN!  Did that background help her pimp for Obama among the artist community?


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Christien on September 21, 2009 at 12:46 PM

I rate the chances of an independent prosecutor being appointed as slightly better than my being picked by the Yankees to pitch the opening day of AL playoffs. Best thing to hope for here is a knee jerk, silly response from Jarret, and she’s way too smart to put her head under that blade.

a capella on September 21, 2009 at 12:42 PM

True, we might have to wait 1 year and 4 months or so to get one.

18-1 on September 21, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Thanks for getting the word out on this, Ed, but Beck has been on this for weeks, and had this guy on his show at least once or twice. It seems this post is a response to the leftist pushback.

RightWinged on September 21, 2009 at 12:47 PM

What was the last quote Rush played? Something like “we are the government now”?
I’ll bet there is more and I’ll bet it is bad.

ORconservative on September 21, 2009 at 12:47 PM

What was the last quote Rush played? Something like “we are the government now”?
I’ll bet there is more and I’ll bet it is bad.

ORconservative on September 21, 2009 at 12:47 PM

That’s also in the trascript.

Key West Reader on September 21, 2009 at 12:47 PM

pimp for Obama

oooo That’s a good phrase for anyone supporting Obama… Use it more. Use it until they start complaining about the “dialog”. The word Pimp and Obama should be inseparable in the public mind… it is in mine.

Little defenseless El Salvadoran girls indeed!

We are all defenseless El Salvadoran girls and the government is doing to us what it would have paid to be done to them.

Obama and his corrupt, depraved followers are the most disgusting of human beings!

petunia on September 21, 2009 at 12:47 PM

I don’t see how this is NOT illegal.
Using taxpayer money through funding of the NEA to promote a candidate?
How is that legal?

bridgetown on September 21, 2009 at 12:48 PM

Jarret is the fish’s head that I’d like to seen cut off–figuratively, of course.

Never happen. Jarrett hired MO into the Harold Washington administration and Barry’s father Frank Marshall Davis went way back with Vernon Jarrett family. The Obama/Jarrett connection is very strong and is multi-generational.

R Square on September 21, 2009 at 12:49 PM

Did the NEA pimp itself out to the O campaign? In a word, yes.

Driefromseattle on September 21, 2009 at 12:49 PM

Brietbart and Co. have done you a great public service here.

Good Lt on September 21, 2009 at 12:26 PM

Good post. Dammit, I for one am sick of these people using my tax money like it’s their very own stash of Monopoly money. Some of you posters–yawn, who cares, shock–do you not pay taxes? Do you want your tax dollars used to pay for Obama’s agenda? Listen to this “Buffy” character. Besides, it’s the total effect that matters, not just each individual expose.

This is just another use of Alinsky’s rules–using their own rulebook against them. Keep up the pressure, Breitbart, et al.

labwriter on September 21, 2009 at 12:49 PM

If the Left had got hold of a similar audio from conservative groups consorting with the govt., they’d make such a huge fuss they’d even bring down the govt. Whereas our crowd is so wimpish, it cribs about shock value and other aesthetics. Why aren’t we joining the big pile on? Why aren’t simulating huge outrage? Why aren’t we collecting heads as trophies?

promachus on September 21, 2009 at 12:45 PM

Actually, the best thing we could do right now is get a hold of information on similar meetings in authoritarian countries and put together some web videos.

Also, we need a good name. Obama’s Cash for Propaganda program?

18-1 on September 21, 2009 at 12:49 PM

That’s just it, they are not the government, that is not how this country works. When are people going to wake up?

ORconservative on September 21, 2009 at 12:49 PM

slp on September 21, 2009 at 12:43 PM

Yes, I think so. The WH link is the big test for the media,..AB is forcing the media to fish or cut bait in public view. In fact, I suspect exposing the drivebys’ agenda is high on his agenda.

a capella on September 21, 2009 at 12:50 PM

My bet is that the White House directed stimulus money to be spent on this campaign specifically with the intent of it being used to produce propaganda for his policies.
Joe Caps on September 21, 2009 at 12:38 PM

Yep. As a reminder, the NEA has been given $50 million in stimulus bucks to distribute (over and above their normal budget).

Buy Danish on September 21, 2009 at 12:50 PM

9 months in and already I’ve lost count.

Jed_Eckert on September 21, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Did that happen when “office” became a verb?

And “get” became a noun: “Letterman considers Obama’s appearance tonight a great get.”

To me, it’s as grating as when someone says to “times” or “minus” two numbers, rather than “multiply” or “subtract”. It marks the speaker as one who can’t be bothered to get simple terminology right, which inspires little confidence in their ability to understand and convey more complex ideas correctly.

But what do I know? I’m a language martinet, right, Ed?

The Monster on September 21, 2009 at 12:51 PM

What was the last quote Rush played? Something like “we are the government now”?
I’ll bet there is more and I’ll bet it is bad.

ORconservative on September 21, 2009 at 12:47 PM

Whoever said that is right. They are “the Man” now, and they are getting a taste of their own Alinsky treatments. They are finding out that it’s a hell of a lot easier to be the counter-culture than it is to actually govern.

forest on September 21, 2009 at 12:52 PM

Yep. As a reminder, the NEA has been given $50 million in stimulus bucks to distribute (over and above their normal budget).

Buy Danish on September 21, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Can we say… Audit? Yes We Can!~

Key West Reader on September 21, 2009 at 12:52 PM

As a reminder, the NEA has been given $50 million in stimulus bucks to distribute (over and above their normal budget).

Buy Danish on September 21, 2009 at 12:50 PM

I wonder whose pockets that money went into.

Vashta.Nerada on September 21, 2009 at 12:53 PM

My bet is that the White House directed stimulus money to be spent on this campaign specifically with the intent of it being used to produce propaganda for his policies.

Ordinarily I give the benefit of the doubt, but the benefit has been spent after the missile defense shield thing. This wouldn’t surprise me at all.

I suspect Breitbart has some good stuff on this. No wonder why i don’t read newspapers anymore. BigGovernment.com is the way to go.

mjk on September 21, 2009 at 12:53 PM

You know, if — frankly, it’s not really something Ogabe has followed closely. He didn’t even know that ACORN was getting a whole lot of federal money.

Bishop on September 21, 2009 at 12:53 PM

I just got an NEA grant to slather my naked body in mud and lie out in the sun until it bakes, then go to the ER to have the mud removed. It’s my little way of illustrating the need for health care reform and global warming legislation.

I figure this will use up about $20 or $30 in my $500,000 grant. The rest I’ll spend on underage El Salvadoran girls as a show of solidarity for ACORN. It’s all about the art, man.

rsrobinson on September 21, 2009 at 12:53 PM

Damn, I should have gotten in on the sweet, sweet artcash from Uncle Sugar’s teat. Hell, if Shepard Fairey can do it, so can I!
http://attackcartoons.com/article.php?story=20090920122537375

xardoz on September 21, 2009 at 12:54 PM

Cash for campaigning.

Stimulus funds for foundations.

Billions for ballots.

Prostitutes for polls

Pimps for the POTUS

I’m sure a good name will be found.

ORconservative on September 21, 2009 at 12:54 PM

Can we say… Audit? Yes We Can!~

Key West Reader on September 21, 2009 at 12:52 PM

Can we get an audit?
Not holdin’ my breath.

thomasaur on September 21, 2009 at 12:54 PM

18-1,

Cash for Control

Christien on September 21, 2009 at 12:56 PM

I AM NOT A DNC ATM MACHINE!!!!!

I AM A HUMAN BEING!!!!

Blake on September 21, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Corrupt as hell.

karlant on September 21, 2009 at 12:56 PM

We may know all about the NEA call but the mainstream media had been denying it the whole time and there are many Americans out there that are unaware of this NEA call and its implications.

The sad part is that many Americans do not recognize this as increasing socialism.

lurker9876 on September 21, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Barack Obama’s decision not to take public funds for the general election was a total reversal, breaking a promise made when he thought he couldn’t succeed without it and that no Republican could succeed with it.

Link

Why would he need to take public funds in any official capacity? He could just steal from the taxpayer through NEA

keebs on September 21, 2009 at 12:56 PM

You know, if — frankly, it’s not really something Ogabe has followed closely. He didn’t even know that ACORN was getting a whole lot of federal money.

Bishop on September 21, 2009 at 12:53 PM

Yes. And when something gets bombed via terrorism, I’m sure Obama will insist that terrorism is something he doesn’t follow closely. or Cash For Clunkers being not good. Or Somali pirates. Or nukes in Iran. Or protests in Iran. Simply because it doesn’t help get Obamacare passed.

I’ve never seen a person in such an office with such an inability to focus on “big picture.” And that’s something a President should be able to do.

mjk on September 21, 2009 at 12:57 PM

My bet is that the White House directed stimulus money to be spent on this campaign specifically with the intent of it being used to produce propaganda for his policies.
Joe Caps on September 21, 2009 at 12:38 PM

Our Congresscritters need to have their feet held to the fire for passing this stimulus bill jam-packed with pork like this. I agree with Glenn Beck: Legislation blockade. Nothing in; nothing out.

hoosiermama on September 21, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Isn’t this sort of like the time GW had a radio personality pimp one of his programs, but without letting his listeners know he was pimping for GW? Was there money involved there?

I remember the left (and MSM) getting worked up about it.

Anyway, this NEA thing is straight-out government corruption.

jaime on September 21, 2009 at 12:58 PM

Ed… What about the fact that Buffy the Wal Mart slayer clearly states that these people worked on the Obama campaign together? If these artists were funded by the NEA back then, isn’t this blatant misuse of taxpayer funds?

Key West Reader on September 21, 2009 at 12:58 PM

Can I get an NEA grant to oppose Obamacare?

Or Cap and Trade Crap and Tax?

Or Global Warming Climate Change?

If not, why not?

Wouldn’t these be the real edgy positions, the actually challenging stances, which the National Endowment for the Arts is reputedly all in favor of artists taking?

Isn’t mindlessly supporting the “accepted wisdom” supposed to be scorned by these avante garde-istas?

Question Authority has morphed into:

Bow to the Bigwigs.

And:

Parrot the Party Line.

(Of course, when it is their Party, they think that’s just mah-vellous.)

I want to be paid by the NEA to do a Magritte-like poster graphic of a Peach with the letters IM stamped on
on it, perched atop of the White House roof.

profitsbeard on September 21, 2009 at 12:58 PM

Think the twist is coming from Dana Loesch’s post…SERVE.GOV.

lurker9876 on September 21, 2009 at 12:58 PM

I think this is only the opening salvo in this story. Knowing Breitbart there will be more and it will be good, and it will probably be spread out slowly over time to cause maximum damage just like the ACORN scandal.

Hellrider on September 21, 2009 at 12:59 PM

She needs to be fired for converting “ask” into a noun.
It’s not an “ask”, it’s a “request”.
The Monster on September 21, 2009 at 12:38 PM

An “ask” differs quite a bit, actually from a simple “request.” The use of ask as a noun is common in fund-raising circles, as well as in coercive groups (think: the Sopranos).

Before making this loaded request, the fund raiser (or thug) conveniently and expectantly reminds the client of favors already extended within the past relationship, and then asks for a contribution (or favor owed).

Believe me, the use of the noun “ask” has significant connotation beyond its simple definition of “request.”

In this particular context, using this particular verb is important and fairly damning.

marybel on September 21, 2009 at 12:59 PM

Cash for Communists

Christien on September 21, 2009 at 1:00 PM

If these artists were funded by the NEA back then, isn’t this blatant misuse of taxpayer funds?

With all due respect Key West…have you forgotten who you work for?

R Square on September 21, 2009 at 1:00 PM

With all due respect Key West…have you forgotten who you work for?

R Square on September 21, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Smartypants.
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Key West Reader on September 21, 2009 at 1:01 PM

marybel on September 21, 2009 at 12:59 PM

Interesting. Thanks for that.

keebs on September 21, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Where are the trolls?

Knucklehead on September 21, 2009 at 1:03 PM

Defund ACORN going forward.. Time to Defund the NEA!

Dasher on September 21, 2009 at 1:03 PM

So is this another MSM blackout?

Cindy Munford on September 21, 2009 at 1:03 PM

Ed, that pic is begging for a caption contest.

infidel4life on September 21, 2009 at 1:03 PM

Actually isn’t this an impeachable offense?

Politicians are normally removed from office when they misuse government funds for personal use – and we’ve caught Obama dead to rights here.

18-1 on September 21, 2009 at 12:29 PM
Naw, he has too many cut outs between himself and the evil deed doers. Too many layers and a great big bus, although Valerie is safe. Not too sure about Buffy.

a capella on September 21, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Watergate began with Virgilio González, Bernard Barker, James W. McCord, Jr., Eugenio Martínez, and Frank Sturgis.

Also, if a sheriff can spark a federal investigation for violating the Hatch Act because wore his uniform when he spoke at a McCain rally, I think this qualifies for an investigation.

Special prosecutor!

flyfisher on September 21, 2009 at 1:04 PM

This is so MAO

Haunches on September 21, 2009 at 1:04 PM

The Monster on September 21, 2009 at 12:38 PM

Ohh, ohh, let me explain!

“ask” is “task” without the “t.”

One cannot have “t” without a “t party.”

A “t party” is no good without a “t bag” or “loose t.”

See? They were actually “t bagging!” That’s how the saclikkers thought to brand conservative rebellion with one of their cherished eupehmisms.

I hope this helps!

ExpressoBold on September 21, 2009 at 1:04 PM

Where are the trolls?

Knucklehead on September 21, 2009 at 1:03 PM

Doing some “art” on our dime?

forest on September 21, 2009 at 1:04 PM

keebs on September 21, 2009 at 1:01 PM

My little sis is a very successful, talented fund raiser. She knows all about asks. :)

marybel on September 21, 2009 at 1:05 PM

Great! Can we dismantle this unconstitutional den of left-wing propaganda now?

NoLeftTurn on September 21, 2009 at 1:05 PM

When did “ask” become a noun?

Blaise on September 21, 2009 at 1:06 PM

Doing some “art” on our dime?

Hiding.

They are starting to read the writing on the wall regarding polling trends against them, majorities now rejecting Obama’s big government agenda, bailouts for newspapers, their Congress’ popularity the lost in a a quarter century, teir shock and ground troops at ACORN being nuked (seemingly out of nowhere for them, etc.)

They didn’t plan for this – at least not this early on. They’re scared, and playing defense for the first time in years.

Keep piling on and don’t let up. Show them real CHANGE.

Good Lt on September 21, 2009 at 1:08 PM

If there is anything that can lead this to B.O. personally (much like what happened to Nixon), it is curtains for BO.

Voter from WA State on September 21, 2009 at 1:07 PM

Blago.

Key West Reader on September 21, 2009 at 1:09 PM

The art community is lockstep groupthink establishmentarianism. Amazing!

JohnW on September 21, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Blago.

Key West Reader on September 21, 2009 at 1:09 PM

I agree. Now we need to keep him away from the aspirin.

Knucklehead on September 21, 2009 at 1:14 PM

NEA’s response to this story: exactly the same as ACORN’s response, just replace the word “racist” with “homophobe”.

VanPalin on September 21, 2009 at 1:14 PM

Voter from WA State on September 21, 2009 at 1:07 PM

NEA is not a non-profit foundation.

NEA is part of the Federal government.

Congress should abolish the NEA.

And Buffy Wicks, Yosi Sergant, and any other US Government employee involved should go to jail.

slp on September 21, 2009 at 1:14 PM

I just spoke to Charlie Gibson, who had not heard about this story yet. Charlie told me that since the story doesn’t involve sex, he is not sure that it is even worthy of the “cables.”

(sarc)

Bru on September 21, 2009 at 1:14 PM

Maybe. In listening to some of his interviews lately, he is pretty upset with being thrown under the bus for no reason (in his Chicago perspective).

Voter from WA State on September 21, 2009 at 1:13 PM

There are many who now think he was thrown under the bus for no good reason.

Knucklehead on September 21, 2009 at 1:16 PM

On a serious note, I wonder what additional information Mr. Breitbart has that will slowly drip out on this story over the next week. I have an odd sense of anticipation.

Bru on September 21, 2009 at 1:18 PM

An “ask”? What fresh hell newspeak is that?

rrpjr on September 21, 2009 at 1:20 PM

After we nail this NEA, let’s nail the other NEA.

ACORN, SEIU, NEA, NPR… How come our guys have let the Dems build their own party infrastructure with OUR tax dollars? How much longer will we tolerate it?

petefrt on September 21, 2009 at 1:23 PM

The art community is lockstep groupthink establishmentarianism. Amazing!

JohnW on September 21, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Just like the mainstream media.
(I do hope your surprise is sarcasm.)

xardoz on September 21, 2009 at 1:25 PM

I just spoke to Charlie Gibson, who had not heard about this story yet. Charlie told me that since the story doesn’t involve sex, he is not sure that it is even worthy of the “cables.”

(sarc)

Bru on September 21, 2009 at 1:14 PM

What Charlie Gibson doesn’t know about would fill the Grand Canyon.

Jeff from WI on September 21, 2009 at 1:26 PM

The art community is lockstep groupthink establishmentarianism. Amazing!

JohnW on September 21, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Wewho is IN the art community. Of course they’re Democrats.

Jeff from WI on September 21, 2009 at 1:27 PM

Well who

Jeff from WI on September 21, 2009 at 1:27 PM

flyfisher on September 21, 2009 at 1:04 PM

Of course. I was speaking in the short term with a specific eye towards 2010 and 2012 and the administration’s efforts toward damage control. Impeachment isn’t going to happen during that time frame. I would be happy to be wrong.

a capella on September 21, 2009 at 1:28 PM

Look closely at the Obama button the guy in the picture is wearing. Of course this isn’t a shock.

Jeff from WI on September 21, 2009 at 1:28 PM

When did “ask” become a noun?

Blaise on September 21, 2009 at 1:06 PM

When the left decided that the English language needed modification away from its white, racist, colonial roots. The liberal mass media has done a bang up job to this end.

Sharke on September 21, 2009 at 1:32 PM

“Welcome to your government.”
-Mr Sergeant (p 23)

BohicaTwentyTwo on September 21, 2009 at 1:34 PM

Unfortunately this story’s a whiff. Even Drudge isn’t carrying it.

Yephora on September 21, 2009 at 1:34 PM

Look closely at the Obama button the guy in the picture is wearing. Of course this isn’t a shock.

Jeff from WI on September 21, 2009 at 1:28 PM

Did you notice the button but miss what it says on his shirt?

Daggett on September 21, 2009 at 1:34 PM

a capella, you are probably right. Regardless, I see cataclysmic events ahead.

flyfisher on September 21, 2009 at 1:34 PM

“Broke the law” is a pretty specific allegation; I’m not aware of any laws that got broken. Big Hollywood specifically reports that they’re not aware of laws being broken by this. On the other hand, this is clearly an abuse of power and trust, and the manipulation of an agency that Congress had every reason to insist not be used for political purposes. It’s important to make sure one does not overshoot.

Ed Morrissey on September 21, 2009 at 12:27 PM

May not knowingly solicit or discourage the political activity of any person who has business before the agency.

Hatch Act for Federal Employees

elgeneralisimo on September 21, 2009 at 1:34 PM

Yephora on September 21, 2009 at 1:34 PM

It’s on Drudge.

ORconservative on September 21, 2009 at 1:36 PM

Unfortunately this story’s a whiff. Even Drudge isn’t carrying it.

Yephora on September 21, 2009 at 1:34 PM

Yes, Drudge is carrying it. Refresh Drudge. Left side.

bridgetown on September 21, 2009 at 1:36 PM

Did that happen when “office” became a verb?
And “get” became a noun: “Letterman considers Obama’s appearance tonight a great get.”

To me, it’s as grating as when someone says to “times” or “minus” two numbers, rather than “multiply” or “subtract”. It marks the speaker as one who can’t be bothered to get simple terminology right, which inspires little confidence in their ability to understand and convey more complex ideas correctly.

But what do I know? I’m a language martinet, right, Ed?

The Monster on September 21, 2009 at 12:51 PM

Oh! How about ‘gifting’ and ‘impacting?’ Makes me crazy.

suzeecue on September 21, 2009 at 1:37 PM

elgeneralisimo on September 21, 2009 at 1:34 PM

Seems pretty clear as applied to this situation.

a capella on September 21, 2009 at 1:38 PM

From Ace (via Slublog):

Hmm. Guess what the Hatch Act prohibits?
(a) Subject to the provisions of subsection (b), an employee may take an active part in political management or in political campaigns, except an employee may not –

(4) knowingly solicit or discourage the participation in any political activity of any person who –

(A) has an application for any compensation, grant, contract, ruling, license, permit, or certificate pending before the employing office of such employee;

flyfisher on September 21, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Unfortunately this story’s a whiff. Even Drudge isn’t carrying it.

Yephora on September 21, 2009 at 1:34 PM

Drudge went low on Acorn tapes too. They got defunded.

This has to be media bait. They’re given enough details to work on , before Breitbart release it all. Media response is part of the story.

the_nile on September 21, 2009 at 1:39 PM

I have a hard time believing this will garner much public interest, b/c frankly I can’t generate much myself. I know there is probably more to come, but it just doesn’t strike me as something most people will care about. I also wonder how much people really care about the ACORN stuff. I’m not saying they shouldn’t, but unless it impacts them directly a lot of people just tune this stuff out. Or have come to expect it, so its not really all that surprising.

changer1701 on September 21, 2009 at 1:41 PM

OT, but Yahoo’s 2nd Top Story:

SPIN METER: $2 trillion in health savings? Where?

Is the AP “getting it?”

uknowmorethanme on September 21, 2009 at 1:41 PM

“Did Obama use the NEA to stump for ObamaCare?”

Uh uh.

Kevin M on September 21, 2009 at 1:42 PM

We need buffy under oath waterboarded. Oh and buffy stay away from aspirin.

tim c on September 21, 2009 at 12:33 PM

Fixed that for ya.

Old Hippie Vet on September 21, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Jesse Helms was right about the NEA!

SouthernGent on September 21, 2009 at 1:46 PM

Read the whole transcript. The involvement of Jarrett and the White House is clear. Buffy is just the messenger–this is a well thought out plan from the top to take over every agency in DC and use its resources to push the president’s political ambitions.

I change my opinion: this is indeed stunning.

PattyJ on September 21, 2009 at 1:48 PM

I have a hard time believing this will garner much public interest, b/c frankly I can’t generate much myself.

changer1701 on September 21, 2009 at 1:41 PM

Try this… Obama is using your tax dollars to pimp Obama Care…

elgeneralisimo on September 21, 2009 at 1:49 PM

Drudge is carrying the story now…

ninjapirate on September 21, 2009 at 1:52 PM

“What did the President Know and when Did he Know it.”

“I am not a Crook!”

“I resign the Presidency immediately.”

I want to here these phrases over this. Puhleaze! Make me happy.

Holger on September 21, 2009 at 1:56 PM

Yephora on September 21, 2009 at 1:34 PM

Yeah. Let’s just ignore this.

The rampant, systemic abuse of taxpayer dollars by the political left is no big deal.

Good Lt on September 21, 2009 at 1:56 PM

How many more scandals can Bozo endure? It seems like we get a new one EVERY DAY!

dogsoldier on September 21, 2009 at 2:00 PM

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