HHS to spend $20 million on PR to promote ObamaCare

posted at 2:41 pm on May 22, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

You know what ObamaCare really needs?  No, not a Constitutional loophole, or a subservient Supreme Court.  It needs a public-relations campaign to convince the majorty of Americans who want it repealed that they actually love Big Brother government control of their health care.  And guess what?  We all get to pay for it:

The Health and Human Services Department has signed a $20 million contract with a public-relations firm to highlight part of the Affordable Care Act.

The new, multimedia ad campaign is designed to educate the public about how to stay healthy and prevent illnesses, an HHS official said.

The campaign was mandated by the Affordable Care Act and must describe the importance of prevention while also explaining preventive benefits provided by the healthcare law. The law makes many preventive services available without a co-pay or deductible, and provides new preventive benefits to Medicare patients.

The contract went to Porter Novelli in what The Hill reports as “a competitive bidding process.”  The result of this “competitive bidding process” just coincidentally dropped $20 million into the lap of … a former “on-air surrogate of the Obama for America campaign,” as Matt Lewis reports:

The story notes that the public relations firm Porter Novelli “won the contract after a competitive bidding process.” Interestingly, the managing director of Porter Novellis’ Washington D.C. office is Catherine “Kiki” McLean — a true “D.C. insider,” according to her bio.

Indeed she is. Among her other accomplishments, McLean’s bio also notes she was “an on-air surrogate for the Obama for America campaign.”

This comes on the heels of the revelation that another HHS contract, this one for almost $6 million, went to another Obama crony, Eric Whitaker, at the University of Chicago medical center at which Michelle Obama used to draw a six-figure salary.  Whitaker also turned out to be the crony that allegedly tried to pay off Jeremiah Wright in 2008, according to Wright himself.  Why, if these bids didn’t go through a “competitive bid process,” one might be tempted to look at them as payoffs, eh?

Matt asks just how competitive the bid process was that resulted in a $20 million payday to flack for ObamaCare:

This, of course, raises a few questions, including: Just how competitive was the competitive bid process that went to a senior Democrat?

And isn’t this the kind of insider access Obama decried in 2008?

Why yes, yes it is, as Buzzfeed’s Andrew Kaczynski pointed out just yesterday.  Here is just one of four videos Andrew found from the 2008 campaign on this very subject:

ObamaCare looks more and more like a slush fund to repay Obama cronies.  No wonder Obama is so desperate to save it.


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crony capitalism.

Rich on May 22, 2012 at 2:44 PM

HOLY COW…WE NEED TO GET RID OF THIS CRIMINAL ADMINISTRATION…

Ltlgeneral64 on May 22, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Isn’t this illegal?

The Rogue Tomato on May 22, 2012 at 2:46 PM

The Failed President is both a narcissist liar and loser, and is destroying America. He is a very dangerous man and ignores the law in general, the will of the American people, Congress, and the Constitution. There are no longer massive adoring crowds to deceive. For the first time in Barack Obama’s life, he is accountable.

Obama has never stood for individualism, capitalism, or liberty. The White House has been marginalized and he has proven himself to be the most inept president in modern history. He is symbolic of a man who has downgraded the White House, the Constitution, human life, foreign policy, race relations, and America herself.

The majority of Americans are sick of his condescension, his policies, his racist bigotry, and his incompetence. Obama is “the most disastrous president in our history.”
This is the most corrupt, incompetent, dangerous tyrannical administration in American history. He is an arrogant, hyper-partisan, race-baiting, and a committed Black Liberation Socialist.

President Obama flaunts a sinister, in-your-face egotism; the self-gratifying arrogance of a narcissist that would issue an Executive Order sealing all of his personal records within 24 hours of taking office.

Brushjumper on May 22, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Come on SCOTUS! Do the right thing! Tomorrow would be great, thanks.

parteagirl on May 22, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Isn’t this illegal?

The Rogue Tomato on May 22, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Nothing is illegal when you are King.

JPeterman on May 22, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Errr… “Halliburton” or something.

Obama makes Nixon look like an amateur.

tetriskid on May 22, 2012 at 2:48 PM

ObamaCare Obama’s administration looks more and more like a slush fund to repay Obama cronies.

Fixed.

iurockhead on May 22, 2012 at 2:49 PM

…the most transparent administration evah!

KOOLAID2 on May 22, 2012 at 2:49 PM

20 million !!
An absolute waste of money that will have zero impact on anyone besides those that get paid to spend it.

Jabberwock on May 22, 2012 at 2:50 PM

…HOPE & CHANGE!…for the WORST!

KOOLAID2 on May 22, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Will they give the money back when ObamaCare is overturned?

JPeterman on May 22, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Culture of Corruption.

visions on May 22, 2012 at 2:52 PM

…Joe Biden is watching over every penny spent…so is JugEars…they promised…they campaigned on it!

KOOLAID2 on May 22, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Will they give the money back when ObamaCare is overturned?

JPeterman on May 22, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Heh…

cajun carrot on May 22, 2012 at 2:52 PM

ObamaCare looks more and more like a slush fund to repay Obama cronies. No wonder Obama is so desperate to save it.

You know what they say . . . payback’s a b!tch.

BTW, barack sucks.

DuctTapeMyBrain on May 22, 2012 at 2:53 PM

That’s one way to get around campaign spending limit laws…

Very abusive and wasteful… makes Nixon look like a choir boy…

Khun Joe on May 22, 2012 at 2:53 PM

This is the type of thing dictators do in corrupt 3rd world nations.

tetriskid on May 22, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Nothing to see here.

The Count on May 22, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Posted to my fb page.
OT: anybody know how that Arkansas primary is going?

txhsmom on May 22, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Rich: crony capitalism. Corruption

FIFY

williampeck1958 on May 22, 2012 at 2:54 PM

This is OUTRAGEOUS! There needs to be a law against this kind of crap. Didn’t there used to be a law against gubmint advertising itself, as in propaganda?

petefrt on May 22, 2012 at 2:56 PM

ObamaCare looks more and more like a slush fund to repay Obama cronies. No wonder Obama is so desperate to save it.


Somebody get Jim Clyburn on this immediately!!!!

…….democrats are “raping” the American taxpayer…

………………..oh wait

Baxter Greene on May 22, 2012 at 2:56 PM

but….but….but…

weren’t we told that once the American public got to see what was in this bill, we’d love it?

So very confusing…

GrassMudHorsey on May 22, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Obama makes Nixon look like an amateur.

tetriskid on May 22, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Well, at least Nixon in his darkest hours talked to the portraits of his predecessors. Obama has the faces on all the portraits changed to his and then inserts himself as a point of reference into the entire span of American history.

DaveDief on May 22, 2012 at 2:56 PM

I haven’t said it in a few days, but I ha!e bho and his whole flippin team!

In my memory, I can not recall a crook as bad as bho is in the wh.
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letget on May 22, 2012 at 2:57 PM

DOTUS!

Current sights set on: healthcare industry.

PappyD61 on May 22, 2012 at 2:57 PM

If Obama was a wise steward of taxpayer funds, he would have waited until the SCOTUS decision before beginning his propaganda campaign.

LibertarianRepublican on May 22, 2012 at 2:59 PM

This kind of BS is *exactly* why you don’t nationalize or socialize anything!

The public funds (and soon public “services”) will be used to feed those who support the political leadership and, soon, the political class.

Skywise on May 22, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Un-effing-believable, the slush funds controlled by the criminal n chief could bail out the state of CA.

Not to mention the fact that they’re wasting money promoting a health care system built entirely on lies.

antipc on May 22, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Is this going to be another Andy Griffith re-run???

Bob in VA on May 22, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Shovel ready…

patch on May 22, 2012 at 3:01 PM

The new, multimedia ad campaign is designed to educate the public about how to stay healthy and prevent illnesses, an HHS official said.

Because there ain’t going to be any health care if you get sick?

Trafalgar on May 22, 2012 at 3:02 PM

In Massachusetts the Attorney General and former Senate candidate Martha Coakley brought corruption charges against former State Treasurer Tim Cahill for something very similar.
He used $1.5 million dollars of taxpayer money to fund ads touting his leadership at the Treasury during the 2010 election cycle when he ran for governor against Deval Patrick.

http://bostonherald.com/news/politics/view/20220402source_former_treasurer_tim_cahill_indicted

Cahill, 53, who left office after the failed run for the Corner Office, was charged with procurement fraud and criminal ethics violations for using taxpayer cash to release the segments that touted leadership at the Lottery, the AG alleged at an afternoon press conference. Cahill faces up to five years in jail and a $10,000 fine for each count, if found guilty.

Coakley said Cahill dug deep into the Lottery advertising budget in 2010 to tout the leadership of his agency — airing so-called “permission” ads — after a focus group said that should be his message to voters as he struggled to boost his chances to be elected governor.

NeoKong on May 22, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Waddya wanna bet that these ads will still be airing long after SCOTUS flushes the whole thing?

Akzed on May 22, 2012 at 3:03 PM

They had to get that contract signed before the SCOTUS declares it unconstitutional. What do you bet we are committed to the $20 million even if it is thrown out.

bopbottle on May 22, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Whitaker also turned out to be the crony that allegedly tried to pay off Jeremiah Wright in 2008, according to Wright himself.

Isn’t that what John Edwards is facing 20 years in a federal prison for?

SWalker on May 22, 2012 at 3:03 PM

This is insane. You can’t have public money supporting such an obviously partisan agenda. Everyone, please, step up to the plate, start up PACs to counter this, donate to the PACs, to Romney, huge $$$$! Donate$.

And do a banner web ad campaign on Obamacare. Cheap [but potentially very effective in a niche], and it could be self-supporting via viewer contributions, and could expand to saturation levels. You just need a $1000 to start, I’ve said. Have a negative visual, with a concise negative headline. Effective anti-O. Do it now.

anotherJoe on May 22, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Nothing is illegal when you are King.

JPeterman on May 22, 2012 at 2:48 PM

“I AM He who it is good to be!” Book of Barrack 3:17

StubbleSpark on May 22, 2012 at 3:05 PM

DOTUS!

Current sights set on: healthcare industry.

PappyD61 on May 22, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Shouldn’t that be CGOTUS??? Chicago styled wannabe Gangster of the United States???

SWalker on May 22, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Why, we’ll just have to have the “No Justice, No Peace” Department investigate.

That Eric Holder is a straight shooter.

NoDonkey on May 22, 2012 at 3:07 PM

On the bright side, America’s Government spends a lower percentage of GDP on propaganda than most Socialist countries do.

logis on May 22, 2012 at 3:07 PM

crony capitalism. Socialism

Rich on May 22, 2012 at 2:44 PM

FIFY

Chip on May 22, 2012 at 3:08 PM

I remember back in the day when news like this was another shocking revelation and people took action to thwart such flagrant cronyism. The politicians involved were run out of town on a rail — after they were virtually tarred and feathered first.

Those were the good old days.

Now — it’s not only blatantly condoned — the sheople view it as savvy and clever and as a means to further their agenda — and their appreciation of it galvanizes the sheople and garners affirmative votes at the polls.

Barack Hussein Obama is the detritus that dwells under the scum at the bottom of the pond. But — he does know what his sheople want and that they are truly fine with when by any means necessary is employed to give them what they want. I’ll give him that.

The Lame Stream Media will ignore this one too.

FlatFoot on May 22, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Remind me, *sigh*, again. How much did they chop from Maw and Paw’s Medicare for this POS idea? 500 Bill?

cajun carrot on May 22, 2012 at 3:11 PM

O/T

I loved this song AND the poor guy got fired from a coaching job for producing it.


Tennessee Coach Fired for Obama Song

Barky will this guy in the ground b/4 long I’m sure

koaiko on May 22, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Rudy Giuliani for Atty Gen! Let him do to government what he did to New York City. I predict the average daily number of indictments to reach into triple digits come February.

Archivarix on May 22, 2012 at 3:14 PM

distributing the spoils before the strike down. then the money will have disappeared and the GOP won’t have the will to do anything about it- because they only care about themselves and not about this country. they’re all robber barons. political robber barons.

barry’s distributing the pay offs for his election campaign using our money. is this what they mean by ‘paying it forward’? how liberals so loved that phrase.

so it’s a month before everyone knows abraham lincoln is going to give a big ole speech announcing the abolition of slavery in the country. great idea: let’s take out a PR campaign trying to make slavery look sexy and good. yeah- let’s do it. let’s sell slavery even though it’s a done deal that it’s now illegal.

that’s smart power.

mittens on May 22, 2012 at 3:15 PM

They had to get that contract signed before the SCOTUS declares it unconstitutional. What do you bet we are committed to the $20 million even if it is thrown out.

bopbottle on May 22, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Yep, when I originally saw this story, I thought surely they’d have written the contract to include a contingency clause, nullifying the contract in the event the SCOTUS overturns Obamacare.

Then I read this post and saw that the contract went to an Obama crony.

So the chances that taxpayers will ever see a dime of that money again are slim to none, regardless of what happens at SCOTUS next month.

AZCoyote on May 22, 2012 at 3:16 PM

As I recall they spent around a 100 million to promote the stimulus plan (remember the road signs?) and we all recall how that went over.

tommyboy on May 22, 2012 at 3:16 PM

O could save the taxpayers $20Mil by simply delaying this until SCOTUS rules (40-50 days). Or he could always blow someone else’s $$$ without shame, spin $20Mil as a microscopic drop in the bucket compared to budgets/deficits, & bank on the mainstream media never saying a word about this…

Leadership by Obama; these are the skills required to be POTUS that you could never learn running a venture capital fund….

drivingtheview on May 22, 2012 at 3:16 PM

how many waivers have been granted thus far?

cmsinaz on May 22, 2012 at 3:17 PM

ObamaCare looks more and more like a slush fund to repay Obama cronies. No wonder Obama is so desperate to save it.

spot on

cmsinaz on May 22, 2012 at 3:18 PM

anotherJoe on May 22, 2012 at 3:04 PM

He thinks he can if it’s called an “educational” campaign. Telling the plebes how to take care of themselvs. And slipping in some info on how wonderful Obamcare is and why they should be grateful to their betters.

Just like all his trips around the country on the taxpayers’ dime were not “campaign” trips before he announced to a half-filled gym that he was running for re-election..

Wethal on May 22, 2012 at 3:18 PM

O could save the taxpayers $20Mil by simply delaying this until SCOTUS rules (40-50 days).
drivingtheview on May 22, 2012 at 3:16 PM

But then the Dem insider who got the contract could not launder the money and give it back as campaign donations to Obama and Dem SuperPacs.

Wethal on May 22, 2012 at 3:20 PM

The Chicago Way.

Look, Ann Romney on a horse!!!!………..

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on May 22, 2012 at 3:20 PM

ObamaCare looks more and more like a slush fund to repay Obama cronies.

I thought that was what the “stimulus” was for.

Investing in Obama really pays off.

NoDonkey on May 22, 2012 at 3:21 PM

None of this matters just so long as Peggy doesn’t have to worry about putting gas in her car or paying her mortgage.

pain train on May 22, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Dictators need propaganda. You don’t think they pay for it themselves, do you?!

Akzed on May 22, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Is this also possibly another shot at SCOTUS, trying to tell them that Obamacare is so far down the road they might as well find it constitutional? Can’t waster all the money and such?

Wethal on May 22, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Brushjumper on May 22, 2012 at 2:46 PM

+1 Indeed!

kirkill on May 22, 2012 at 3:25 PM

None of this matters just so long as Peggy doesn’t have to worry about putting gas in her car or paying her mortgage.

pain train on May 22, 2012 at 3:21 PM

_____________________________________________

That image will go down in history as the poster child for the idiocy that was the 2008 election, and the monumental error that will be corrected in November.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on May 22, 2012 at 3:25 PM

koaiko on May 22, 2012 at 3:13 PM

I cannot wait until the trolls start criticizing President Romney. They will all be called rascists enemies of the state and threatened with being turned into the govt for daring to disagree with our President and his policies.

txhsmom on May 22, 2012 at 3:25 PM

can we save the $20 million if the darn bill is UNCONSTITUTIONAL BY THEN???

SDarchitect on May 22, 2012 at 3:25 PM

the Ann Romney piece is really trashy…dripping with contempt. leftists see their enemies as Evil.

It was a rare moment of pique for Ann Romney, not meant for public consumption, and one that opened a window onto the private world of the would-be first lady.

now that’s just trash talk from a leftist muckraker.

Nolte suggested the other day that ‘reporters’ are public people, and should be Vetted themselves.

That is true…shine the light on who these cockroaches are

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/05/22/LA-Times-Vets-Ann-Romney-Horses

r keller on May 22, 2012 at 3:27 PM

NeoKong on May 22, 2012 at 3:02 PM

The facts do not support Coakley’s case against Cahill, and I’m confident he’ll be acquitted. Cahill’s as clean as they come.

Just Sayin on May 22, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Isn’t this illegal?

The Rogue Tomato on May 22, 2012 at 2:46 PM

My first thought, too. This seems to be straddling destroying the line between publicity and campaigning.

I’m sure there’s some sort of campaign finance law that is being ignored here.

nukemhill on May 22, 2012 at 3:31 PM

$20 million worth of lies, obfuscations and just pure garbage. Somebody needs to follow and challenge every word and graphic they print or broadcast.

rplat on May 22, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Rudy Giuliani for Atty Gen! Let him do to government what he did to New York City. I predict the average daily number of indictments to reach into triple digits come February.

Archivarix on May 22, 2012 at 3:14 PM

I agree. There would have to be a whole new department, probably, just to bring Obama and all his cronies to justice!

Night Owl on May 22, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Not even $20 million worth of lipstick can make the Obamacare pig attractive. Even a majority of Democrats think that the IM, in the very least, is unconstitutional.

You’re Only Against The Obamacare Mandate Because There’s A Black Man Living In The White House And You Want To See Faux Hispanic – White Jews Shoot Blacks Wearing Hoodies, Who Are Armed Only With Skittles & Iced Teas! Don’t You Dare Claim Otherwise, You KKKrackers!

Yeah, Progs, keep it up with the “If you are against Obamacare, you are a racist!” That’s a real winna for you in Nov.!

*eyeroll*

Resist We Much on May 22, 2012 at 3:37 PM

You know what ObamaCare really needs?
posted at 2:41 pm on May 22, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

More cowbell?

sublibertate on May 22, 2012 at 3:42 PM

They had to get that contract signed before the SCOTUS declares it unconstitutional. What do you bet we are committed to the $20 million even if it is thrown out.

bopbottle on May 22, 2012

Maybe Obama DID get a heads up on the SCOTUS vote – and it wasn’t good for our side.

JonPrichard on May 22, 2012 at 3:49 PM

One would think that the Republicans in Congress would fill some sort of petition with the SC to stop futher implementation of, and any expenditures related to Obamacare until the SC makes their ruling. Might save us taxpayers mucho dinero.

D-fusit on May 22, 2012 at 3:55 PM

aw thats easy, get Julia to work the promos.
I can see it now, all those simple 2-D posters where Julia does the ‘right’ thing everyday.

Julia Brushes her Teeth twice a Day.
Julia Eats from the Good Food Circle.
Julia Participates in the 2 Minutes Hate.
Julia Prays 5 times Daily Facing Mecca.
Julia Does NOT think bad thoughts about Dear Leader.

FUBO!

orbitalair on May 22, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Awesome. Dude just locked up another vote. How much do you have to throw at the dead to get them to vote for you as well?

sdbatboy on May 22, 2012 at 3:59 PM

I can’t believe no one in this thread has pointed out that the Novelli in Porter Novelli is Bill Novelli, former head of the AARP.

That would be the same AARP that mysteriously and, against their members’ interests and opinions, backed the passage of Obamacare even though it would use cuts to Medicare to finance a new health entitlement.

I don’t remember whether Novelli headed AARP at the time the 2010 health law was passed, but still. . .

Chuckles3 on May 22, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Throw all these incestuous swine out.

Schadenfreude on May 22, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Not even $20 million worth of lipstick can make the Obamacare pig attractive….

Resist We Much on May 22, 2012 at 3:37 PM

There’s a campaign ad right there. Karl Rove, are you reading this?

slickwillie2001 on May 22, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Too bad we’ll never get any of this money back. Guess we should have gotten a bigger security deposit when we let him live in the White House for four years.

Finbar on May 22, 2012 at 4:07 PM

The contract went to Porter Novelli in what The Hill reports as “a competitive bidding process.” The result of this “competitive bidding process” just coincidentally dropped $20 million into the lap of … a former “on-air surrogate of the Obama for America campaign,”

This is just another DISTRACTING coincidence!

Most corrupt administration evah!

GarandFan on May 22, 2012 at 4:16 PM

The PR is working. I’ve had it forwarded to me by family members oblivious to the fact that a) the entire show is not affordable and b) it is smoke and mirrors.

Actually they are starting to realize that the ‘pre-existing’ spin doesn’t stack up with reality.

Reform is required. O’Care isn’t the solution.

CorporatePiggy on May 22, 2012 at 4:16 PM

The administration just continues to provide some much great material for campaign commercials…

Obama’s words as a candidate about cronyism followed by the details of this garbage….

“We have to pass it so we can find out what’s in it.”
(Still the dumbest quote ever by a politician in my book)

jjjdad on May 22, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Prezzy seems to be in a hurry to spend it while he can. Time’s runnin’ out.

Kissmygrits on May 22, 2012 at 4:35 PM

This waste of more money makes no sense, as the Supreme Court will render their decision in a few weeks on the mandate and could void the whole Obamacare law in it’s entirety. Just another decision that is not in the taxpayer’s interests at all. New leadership coming soon.

Amazingoly on May 22, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Maybe Obama DID get a heads up on the SCOTUS vote – and it wasn’t good for our side.

JonPrichard on May 22, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Or maybe it wasn’t good for his side and he wanted his friends rewarded with our money before the bottom dropped out.

bopbottle on May 22, 2012 at 5:08 PM

But BO is so likable. That qualifies him to be re-elected so he can commit more of these atrocities. We need likable conservatives who secretly want and work to take the U.S. back to the state the founders originally intended.

yhxqqsn on May 22, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Posted to my fb page.
OT: anybody know how that Arkansas primary is going?

txhsmom on May 22, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Drudge has something up on it…up at the top.

a capella on May 22, 2012 at 5:13 PM

That kind of crap shouldn’t be legal. This administration is basically stealing from U.S. taxpayers in order to fund Obama’s campaign. That’s the long and short of it. Sickening.

Murf76 on May 22, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Don’t you just love it when an overweight woman approaching 60 goes by Kiki?

bw222 on May 22, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Rudy Giuliani for Atty Gen! Let him do to government what he did to New York City. I predict the average daily number of indictments to reach into triple digits come February.

Archivarix on May 22, 2012 at 3:14 PM

I like the way you think.

totherightofthem on May 22, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Obama 2005 Flashback: Bush Foreign Policy Is Dumb & Only Rewards Halliburton and Homophobia

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/09/30/153069/-Tone,-Truth,-and-the-Democratic-Party

*

“May 2010 in the Army revealed that KBR, a former subsidiary of Halliburton, was awarded a no-bid contract worth as much as $568 million through next year.

On Jan. 4, Checchi & Company Consulting, a Washington-based firmed owned by Democratic donor Vincent V. Checchi, was awarded a no-bid contract of more than $24 million to train lawyers and judges in Afghanistan.”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/may/13/obamas-mounting-hypocrisy/
Obama Administration Steers Lucrative No-Bid Contract for Afghan Work to Dem Donor

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/01/25/obama-administration-steers-lucrative-bid-contract-afghan-work-dem-donor/

Obama Supporter’s Company Wins $433 Million No-Bid Contract for Experimental Smallpox Drug

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-smallpox-20111113,0,4293298.story

Jason58 on May 22, 2012 at 5:41 PM

They had to get that contract signed before the SCOTUS declares it unconstitutional. What do you bet we are committed to the $20 million even if it is thrown out.

bopbottle on May 22, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Right after I thought this was illegal, this was the next thing that came to mind. Get it all spent now.

Rudy Giuliani for Atty Gen! Let him do to government what he did to New York City. I predict the average daily number of indictments to reach into triple digits come February.

Archivarix on May 22, 2012 at 3:14 PM

A very pleasing idea, but our politicians are aristocrats and above the law. The entire clown posse should be in jail, but it will never happen.

dogsoldier on May 22, 2012 at 5:43 PM

$20 Million trying to shine up a turd that stands a decent chance of being $hit canned by the SCOTUS in a couple of months…

…this is nothing but theft….

Prezzy seems to be in a hurry to spend it while he can. Time’s runnin’ out.

Kissmygrits on May 22, 2012 at 4:35 PM

indeed…I’ve said it a few times now…The whole gaggle of these thieves are feathering the nest just as fast as they can…they know they’re going down hard…

BigWyo on May 22, 2012 at 6:29 PM

How can anyone not see that the HHS just donated $20 million to Obumbo’s re-election campaign…

aposematic on May 22, 2012 at 6:39 PM

20 million will be walking around money for just the Chicago rats for the November election if SCOTUS doesn’t kill zero care.

dragondrop on May 22, 2012 at 10:03 PM

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