From Weasel Zippers:
Emails Show White House Helped Steer Obamacare Lobbying Dollars To Firm Founded By Top Obama Adviser David Axelrod…
Just a tad shady.
Rewind to 2009. The fight over ObamaCare is raging, and a few news outlets report that something looks ethically rotten in the White House. An outside group funded by industry is paying the former firm of senior presidential adviser David Axelrod to run ads in favor of the bill. That firm, AKPD Message and Media, still owes Mr. Axelrod money and employs his son.
The story quickly died, but emails recently released by the House Energy and Commerce Committee ought to resurrect it. The emails suggest the White House was intimately involved both in creating this lobby and hiring Mr. Axelrod’s firm—which is as big an ethical no-no as it gets.
Mr. Axelrod—who left the White House last year—started AKPD in 1985. The firm earned millions helping run Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign. Mr. Axelrod moved to the White House in 2009 and agreed to have AKPD buy him out for $2 million. But AKPD chose to pay Mr. Axelrod in annual installments—even as he worked in the West Wing. This agreement somehow passed muster with the Office of Government Ethics, though the situation at the very least should have walled off AKPD from working on White-House priorities.
It didn’t. The White House and industry were working hand-in-glove to pass ObamaCare in 2009, and among the vehicles supplying ad support was an outfit named Healthy Economy Now (HEN). News stories at the time described this as a “coalition” that included the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the American Medical Association, and labor groups—suggesting these entities had started and controlled it.
House emails show HEN was in fact born at an April 15, 2009 meeting arranged by then-White House aide Jim Messina and a chief of staff for Democratic Sen. Max Baucus. The two politicos met at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) and invited representatives of business and labor.
Muckety Map of David Axelrod connections past and present:
A Client of AKP&D Message and Media is The American Association of Justice:
American Association for Justice has a relationship with the Lobby Firm NVG:
“NVG is a dynamic government relations firm specializing in public policy, advocacy, strategic advice and outreach.”
Other current NVG relationships:
Referencing Health Economy Now (HEN) mentioned in starter article:
Healthy Economy Now for firms connected to Obama campaign
Posted August 18, 2009>>>>Note Date
Would it surprise you to know that Healthy Economy Now, which is pushing ObamaCare, counts AARP, the AMA, Big Pharma, and SEIU among its members?
Would it surprise you to know that Healthy Economy Now is represented by none other than two firms intimately connected with Obama campaign advisers?
- Two firms that received $343.3 million to handle advertising for Barack Obama’s White House run last year have profited from his top priority as president by taking on his push for health-care overhaul.
AKPD Message and Media, the Chicago-based firm headed by David Axelrod until he left last Dec. 31 to serve as a senior adviser to the president. Axelrod was Obama’s top campaign strategist and is now helping sell the health-care plan. The other firm is Washington-based GMMB Campaign Group, where partner Jim Margolis was also an Obama strategist.
AKPD only got $2.77 million in consulting fees; GMMB got the big bucks — $340.53 million — to “produce and place ads.”
Poor babies. They only get to divvy up $12 million for this campaign.
There must be some unaccounted for stimulus funds or surplus Cash for Clunkers money kicking around out there somewhere — after all, nobody knows where the first hundred millions (trillions?) have gone and it’s doubtful anyone’s looking for them. Who’ll know?
Obama Administration Spends $20 Million Dollars to Hire PR Firm Porter Novelli to “Sugar Coat” Obamacare. Who is Bill Novelli?
AARP and SEIU are connected to United We Fail; an advertising push to advocate Obamacare
Novelli is a recognized leader in social marketing and social change and has managed programs in cancer control, diet and nutrition, cardiovascular health, reproductive health, infant survival, pay increases for educators, charitable giving, and other programs in the United States and the developing world.
William D. Novelli is CEO of AARP.
William Novelli is co-founder and president of Porter Novelli.
Bill Novelli is tied to Andy Stern of SEIU as co-producers of “United We Fail” Campaign
From the Divided We Fail website:
Andy Stern, president of SEIU, Bill Novelli, CEO of AARP, and John Castellani, president of Business Roundtable, joined Mike Cuthbert, host of Prime Time Radio (all pictured here) for a discussion of these issues.
“AARP, Business Roundtable and Service Employees Union (SEIU) launched Divided We Fail to engage the American people, businesses, non-profit organizations, and elected officials in finding bi-partisan solutions to ensure affordable, quality health care and long-term financial security – for all of us.
The need for health and financial security is something we all share, not just for ourselves, but for future generations. It is the promise of America.”
To Seniors Worried About Healthcare: Wonder WHY AARP Supports The Obama Healthcare Bill? It’s Connections HERE
AARP gets 18 MILLION dollars in Stimulus money.
AARP is connected to SEIU. (DividedWeFail.org)
Is it about Power and Money,
Is the AARP deceptive to Senior Americans?