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Was Team Obama more free-market oriented than the RNC?

posted at 11:22 am on January 11, 2013 by

Michael Patrick Leahy believes they were, in practice if not in ideology.  Three years before the campaign, Michael Steele supported a successful resolution first proposed by Treasurer Randy Pullen at the RNC requiring competitive bidding for major contracts.  While Team Obama used that practice, the RNC allegedly ignored their own rule to hand-pick consultants and contractors:

An investigation by Breitbart News has revealed that during the 2011-2012 election cycle, the RNC apparently granted lucrative consulting contracts without conducting a competitive bidding process, violating its own resolution.

Two reputable telemarketing vendors told Breitbart News that they were not given an opportunity to bid on RNC telemarketing contracts for 2011 and 2012. In fact, one vendor told us, “we couldn’t even get in the door for an appointment to make a pitch.”

Through other independent sources, Breitbart News has confirmed that the RNC failed to issue vendor Requests for Proposal (RFPs) in the vendor selection process in either 2011 or 2012.

The issuance of RFPs is standard business practice for vendor selection in both the federal government and the private sector. RFPs are designed to ensure that the vendor understands what the customer wants and commits to the delivery of specific accomplishments by a specific deadline.

A nationally recognized advertising firm informed Breitbart News that it attempted to bid on RNC business, but there were no RFPs on which to bid and it could not secure a meeting with RNC personnel. The same story was confirmed by a separate, nationally recognized direct mail firm as well.

Too bad Obama doesn’t hold to those pledges in governing, either.

Update: My first paragraph has been edited for clarity on the origin of the proposal, after an e-mail exchange with Michael.

Update II: On the other hand, it wasn’t necessarily sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows during Steele’s tenure either, says Nathan Wurtzel:

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Three years before the campaign, Michael Steele pushed through a rule at the RNC requiring competitive bidding for major contracts. While Team Obama used that practice, the RNC allegedly ignored their own rule to hand-pick consultants and contractors:

The GOP are showing they are just corporate & crony back scratchers.

Ignoring their own rules to make sure their own pockets are stuffed is disgusting.

portlandon on January 11, 2013 at 11:54 AM

I received a letter in the mail from the GOP yesterday. I didn’t open it before putting it in the shredder.

woodNfish on January 11, 2013 at 1:15 PM

This doesn’t really surprise me at all. We’ve all seen how these people act in elected office.

Doomberg on January 11, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Nepotist to the right of me, socialist to my left.

Panther on January 12, 2013 at 7:26 AM

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