Monday, August 22, 2011

Millions of Taxpayer Dollars used in internet ad campaign to sell Obamacare to the public

From World Net Daily:
President Obama's former political director worked at an international advertising agency that received government funds to direct a multi-million dollar campaign to sell Obamacare to the public, WND has learned.

Last week, Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates government corruption, reportedly obtained documents showing the White House helped coordinate the taxpayer-funded publicity campaign.

The campaign used Internet search engines such as Google and Yahoo to drive Web traffic to government websites promoting the Affordable Health Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

The campaign was led by Ogilvy & Mather, an international advertising, marketing and public relations agency based in Manhattan...

Adding a new dimension to the controversy, WND has learned that a former top Obama official works at Ogilvy.

Matthew Nugen, former national political director for Obama's presidential campaign, joined Ogilvy's government relations department in 2009 and is now senior vice president of its government relations department.

An Ogilvy bio states Nugen was "part of the senior team that developed and implemented the multi-state primary campaign plan that successfully launched Obama to the White House."...

Politico noted that when he was first hired at Ogilvy, Nugen took on the position of a strategist rather than a registered lobbyist – a title difference that could later allow him to circumvent Obama's general ban on hiring lobbyists at the White House. ["I wanted to reserve my right to join the administration,” Nugen readily acknowledged.]

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement that Americans should be "disturbed" by the campaign.

"The Obama administration is using taxpayer dollars to manipulate public opinion," he said.