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White House Reveals Identity of Firm That Sent Unsolicited E-Mails on Health Reform
Fox News ^ | 8/22/09 | Major Garrett and Eric Shawn

Posted on 08/22/2009 8:30:35 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants

The White House hired a private communications company based in Minnesota to distribute mass e-mails, helping to shed light on how some recipients received e-mails in support of President Obama's health care plan without signing up for them, FOX News has learned.

The company, Govdelivery, describes itself as the world's leading provider of government-to-citizen communication solutions and says its e-mail service provides a fully-automated on-demand public communication system.

The confirmation comes after the White House acknowledged this week that people were receiving unsolicited e-mails from the administration about health care reform and suggested the problem was with third-party groups that placed the recipients' names on the distribution list.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: bho44; cultureofcorruption; democratscandals; email; emails; fishygate; govdelivery; majorgarrett; spam; spamgate; spammerinchief; whitehousespam
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Well, well, well, lookee here. The spammer in chief is caught.
1 posted on 08/22/2009 8:30:35 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Need to check donor records — bet this group was a huge donor to ZERO! Follow the money should be the first thing anyone looks at with this Administration when facts come out.


2 posted on 08/22/2009 8:32:35 AM PDT by PhiKapMom (Mary Fallin - OK Gov/Coburn - Senate 2010 ! Take Back the House/Senate! Stop ZERO!)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
White House Reveals Identity of Firm

And in so doing distanced themselves, rather than say "the buck stops here."

Mr. Obama, you're no Harry Truman.
3 posted on 08/22/2009 8:33:53 AM PDT by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Alexrod is still digging, I see.


4 posted on 08/22/2009 8:34:25 AM PDT by savedbygrace (You are only leading if someone follows. Otherwise, you just wandered off... [Smokin' Joe])
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Who owns this company?


5 posted on 08/22/2009 8:35:00 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Cue the spam song!


6 posted on 08/22/2009 8:35:01 AM PDT by razorback-bert (We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Not too far away from your tv or computer turning itself on and “zero” appearing to calm your fears with his soothing voice.


7 posted on 08/22/2009 8:36:33 AM PDT by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck. (Let them eat arugula!))
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To: Blood of Tyrants

O throws the firm under the bus. No surprise here.


8 posted on 08/22/2009 8:37:34 AM PDT by Wisconsinlady
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To: Blood of Tyrants

http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/stories/2009/03/02/story6.html

The St. Paul company also provides services to numerous city and state governments, many of which will see budget pressures partly relieved by stimulus funds.

To top it off, Burns is now in talks with the White House, which is led by a tech-savvy president and has a new-media team.

“We’re really at the convergence of a few different trends,” Burns said.

Among those trends are the federal government’s more-active role in areas such as banking regulation, and the Obama administration’s promotion of transparency in government. Also, infusions of capital to federal agencies handling major projects, such as the U.S. Department of Transportation, could bring the company more business.

GovDelivery was already on track to post record revenue this year. The firm met quarterly sales goals by the end of February and expects annual revenue for 2009 to range between $9 million and $10 million. That’s up from just less than $7 million in 2008. Burns has hired 10 employees in the past 90 days, bringing his staff to 52; he still has five open positions.

“It’s like we woke up and we’re in the only growing market in the world right now: government spending,” he said.


9 posted on 08/22/2009 8:39:45 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: La Lydia

Well, well, well, mentioned in a contract signed with Alameda, California is a gentleman named Zach Stabenow. me sound familiar?


10 posted on 08/22/2009 8:40:45 AM PDT by Melchior
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To: Melchior

bttt


11 posted on 08/22/2009 8:42:05 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Al Franken’s company?


12 posted on 08/22/2009 8:43:06 AM PDT by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: Melchior
/Beltway Bob Gibbs on "That's a lie straight from the previous administration who caused all of this economic distress that our country is in, the worst since the Great Depression 40 years ago, and has no bearing on the health careEVIL INSURANCE COMPANIES REFORM BILL that the president has made so clear in his recent speeches. No, Major, I can't clarify things any better than that!! Chuck Todd, you have a question?" /Beltway Bob off
13 posted on 08/22/2009 8:43:27 AM PDT by pillut48 (CJ in TX --"God help us all, and God help America!!" --my new mantra for the next 4 years)
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To: Snickering Hound

Good grief. Good times in St. Paul as well as in DC, as jobs expand with the federal bureaucracy. Millions of unionized in-it-for-life bureaucrats aren’t sufficient. They have to hire outside help as well.


14 posted on 08/22/2009 8:43:33 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: La Lydia

A friend of Axelrod perhaps? Or maybe a heavy donor to Bambi’s 2008 campaign?


15 posted on 08/22/2009 8:44:30 AM PDT by moose2004 (Stand up, speak out and stop Obamacare and GE)
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To: La Lydia

http://www.govdelivery.com/management.php


16 posted on 08/22/2009 8:45:17 AM PDT by TiredofItalltoo (tiredofitalltoo)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

This sounds very, very fishy. Who do we send this to?


17 posted on 08/22/2009 8:45:57 AM PDT by Sub-Driver (Proud member of the Republican wing of the Republican Party)
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To: Eagles6

his voice would give me convulsions having to listen to it.


18 posted on 08/22/2009 8:47:01 AM PDT by jerri
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Management Team

Scott Burns - CEO & Co-Founder

Scott has actively participated in government affairs throughout his life. Prior to co-founding GovDelivery, Inc., Scott was the Director of Marketing at SafeRent, Inc., which was the leading provider of web-based tenant screening services to apartment managers. Before SafeRent, Scott was a consultant at McKinsey and Company where he worked on new product launches and operational effectiveness for several multinational corporations. He is an active member of the Minnesota Citizens League and regularly advises GovDelivery clients on e-government related issues. Scott has received several awards for his business accomplishments and community contributions. In May, he was honored with the 2006 “Forty Under 40” award from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. In the Spring of 2006, he was recognized as an “Emerging Leader” by Twin Cities Business magazine. Most recently, Scott was named to Federal Computer Week’s (FCW) Federal 100 list recognizing individuals those who significantly influence how federal government uses information technology. Scott graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Economics.

http://www.govdelivery.com/management.php


19 posted on 08/22/2009 8:47:05 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Blood of Tyrants
The company, Govdelivery, describes itself as the world's leading provider of government-to-citizen communication solutions

I trust no outfit that purports to offer "solutions." There is rarely any deficiency or problem needing a solution, only a manufactured notion of one.

20 posted on 08/22/2009 8:47:37 AM PDT by Dysart (It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong--Voltaire)
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To: jerri

Right out of “1984”.


21 posted on 08/22/2009 8:48:19 AM PDT by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck. (Let them eat arugula!))
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To: Melchior

Dem U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow?


22 posted on 08/22/2009 8:48:32 AM PDT by MindBender26 (Does "We All Weed Up" Indicate Obama Is Now Channeling Bob Marley?)
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To: All

How the heck could a garden variety propagandist say it better? They just want to help people understand the real story. Just trying to clear up confusion caused by all the (screaming mob, hate filled, etc.) liars. That’s all. A public service announcement.


23 posted on 08/22/2009 8:48:56 AM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: Blood of Tyrants

White House: It wasn’t us, it was Govdelivery.

Govdelivery: It wasn’t us, it was third party groups.

Third groups: It wasn’t us, it was second party groups.

Second groups: It wasn’t us, it was Bush party groups.

First thing Zero did was throw away “The Buck Stops Here” plague.


24 posted on 08/22/2009 8:48:59 AM PDT by RetSignman (Townhalls ..."We have seen the Patriots and they are us")
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To: La Lydia

Who owns this company?


Don’t know buy here is the management team....

http://www.govdelivery.com/management.php


25 posted on 08/22/2009 8:49:08 AM PDT by deport
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To: Cicero
Millions?

One of the great values in using the internet to spam people is it doesn't take much more than a room full of servers, some good phone connections, and a teenager with a computer.

And speaking of the federal bureaucracy, do you have any idea how many people work directly for the federal government and where they work?

26 posted on 08/22/2009 8:49:27 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: deport

Scott Burns - CEO & Co-Founder

scott.burns@govdelivery.com


27 posted on 08/22/2009 8:51:38 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Melchior

I was wondering if he isn’t related to Debbie Stabenow. I tried to Google to find a connection, but couldn’t come up with anything. Maybe another Freeper would have better luck.


28 posted on 08/22/2009 8:51:42 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Melchior

GovDelivery has contracts with 150 government agencies and thus serves as an integral part of the DNC and Obama’s Ministry of Propaganda.


29 posted on 08/22/2009 8:52:19 AM PDT by Melchior
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Executive Vice President and Cofounder at GovDelivery, Inc

Zach.Stabenow@govdelivery.com


30 posted on 08/22/2009 8:53:36 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Illegal? No.

Unethical? You betcha! Pack of liars? No doubt.

If Bush43 had done this, all hell would've broken loose.

31 posted on 08/22/2009 8:55:13 AM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: Blood of Tyrants

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MAJOR MESSAGING - GET E-MAIL ALERTS FROM YOUR CITY ABOUT SNOW EMERGENCIES? CHANCES ARE THEY COME THROUGH GOVDELIVERY OF ST. PAUL, WHICH SENDS E-MAIL FOR MANY GOVERNMENT AGENCIES.
St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN) - Thursday, June 25, 2009
Author: Leslie Brooks Suzukamo ; lsuzukamo@pioneerpress.com
Using his desktop computer, GovDelivery Inc. CEO Scott Burns can track the government agencies that use his company to communicate with the public via e-mail.

He’s like a kid obsessively keeping track of his Facebook friends. And he’s got a lot of friends.

“In the last five minutes, we’ve sent message for ...” he pauses, and then rattles off names including the Department of Defense, the FBI, the National Science Foundation, the city of St. Paul, FEMA, and USA.gov. “That’s just the last five minutes,” he adds.

A whiteboard wall in the company’s new downtown St. Paul offices shows GovDelivery is sending 53 government e-mail messages a second for agencies ranging from the Department of Homeland Security to the Idaho Fish and Game Department.

That’s 804 million messages so far this year, or about 150 million message a month since last May.

(snip)

Nationwide, 9.1 million people have signed up for the company’s e-mail services so far this year. Its traffic spiked in May when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention churned out alerts on the H1N1 flu virus.

Originally launched as GovDocs in 2000, the company focuses on government because Burns, 33, whose dinner-table discussions growing up in Duluth revolved around politics, said he wanted to make a difference. Co-founder Zach Stabenow heads up the local and state government team.

The company competes with other e-mail marketers, but its main competition is usually its own customers’ in-house e-mail notification systems. But customers end up using GovDelivery because its software-as-a-service model is easier to use and frees up manpower, said company marketing director Jennie Olson.

GovDelivery expects revenue this year to top $9 million, up from under $7 million last year, Burns said. Its revenue has grown by 30 percent to 40 percent a year since the company’s inception, the CEO said.

More than 40 percent of its revenue comes from federal work, he said, driven by the federal government’s increasingly public role and people’s hunger for information. The company has been cash-flow neutral since 2005, plowing all its profits back into the enterprise, Burns said.

(snip)


32 posted on 08/22/2009 8:56:58 AM PDT by maggief
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Interesting that Fox News is doing the digging. The rest of the msm is see no evil, speak no evil and hear no evil.


33 posted on 08/22/2009 8:57:51 AM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Blood of Tyrants
It will turn out that the owners of the insidious communications company in question is the Minnesota firm of Ventura, Franken, Perpich, Wellstone and Keillor.

Leni

34 posted on 08/22/2009 8:58:33 AM PDT by MinuteGal (Deadline Looms Within Hours! Make FR - D.C.-Tea Party-Convention Room Reservations NOW!)
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To: Melchior
Sarah Heikkila - Director of Client Services ~ is the individual who gets to handle all those special notes sent back to Axelrod, and I am sure many of them are exceptionally ripe.

She'll have to dig through them to see if any of them were "real threats" (as distinct from "imaginary threats") to hand them over to the Secret Service.

They like to get that kind of stuff ya' know.

35 posted on 08/22/2009 8:58:38 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: LearsFool
He is the most deceptive president in history he knows nothink, and never saw the buck.
36 posted on 08/22/2009 9:07:05 AM PDT by boomop1
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To: Snickering Hound

Obama needs to investigate their “profit-to-earnings” ratio. I guess it’s okay to rake in tons of money if the taxpayers are footing the bill.


37 posted on 08/22/2009 9:11:56 AM PDT by FoxInSocks (B. Hussein Obama: Central Planning Czar)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Ha-ha

Check out their privacy policy.

38 posted on 08/22/2009 9:12:33 AM PDT by upchuck (Neuter them in 2010 - Send them packing in 2012.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Zach Stabenow’s blog is rather interesting...

http://ibzp.net/


39 posted on 08/22/2009 9:13:34 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Never heard of them...I received one of those emails...I make comments on THE HILL and directly to senators! Never did anything with Gov delivery!!!! I DO NOT believe this, I think they are just trying to threw someone under the bus just to make it stop.


40 posted on 08/22/2009 9:14:18 AM PDT by blueyon (It is worth taking a stand even if you are standing alone!)
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To: PhiKapMom
Need to check donor records — bet this group was a huge donor to ZERO!

Scott Burns is a self proclaimed democrat.

41 posted on 08/22/2009 9:15:31 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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Q - Does GovDelivery sell or distribute email lists to government entities or other organizations?

A - No, GovDelivery does not offer any email lists for free or for sale to its clients and does not provide any data mining services.
- Clients are responsible for building their own contact lists using tools provided by GovDelivery or using other means for gathering contact information from interested citizens.

- Scott Burns August 18, 2009 at 12:01:33 PM

42 posted on 08/22/2009 9:16:01 AM PDT by LibFreeUSA
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Caught!

Dance around this item Gibbs!

43 posted on 08/22/2009 9:18:28 AM PDT by _Jim
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To: _Jim
Dance around this item Gibbs!

Don't underestimate Gibb's, he knows all the steps via experience.

44 posted on 08/22/2009 9:22:08 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: blueyon

There’s certainly money in it for someone, because when you use telephone or snail mail and provide your non-electronic contact information you don’t hear a peep.


45 posted on 08/22/2009 9:23:58 AM PDT by JavaJumpy
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To: Parley Baer; StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; ...
Interesting that Fox News is doing the digging. The rest of the msm is see no evil, speak no evil and hear no evil.

Yep, excellent job by FNC's Major Garrett and Eric Shawn!

46 posted on 08/22/2009 9:25:20 AM PDT by nutmeg (Obamunism is destroying America)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I wonder what the contract price was for that promotion! After all, we paid the bill, didn’t we?


47 posted on 08/22/2009 9:25:45 AM PDT by trimom
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To: nutmeg

Major Garrett and Eric Shawn - real journalist - they go out and get the story - rather than having dems call it in...


48 posted on 08/22/2009 9:27:12 AM PDT by GOPJ ("Fishy rumors posters" Check 'em out:http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2311664/posts)
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To: blueyon
I've seen quite a few people comment, here and elsewhere, that they only email their reps and senators, and they got the HC email.

Has Axelturf consolidated the Obama list with Dem Congressional list, perhaps?

49 posted on 08/22/2009 9:27:39 AM PDT by browardchad
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Send them a long return message — opting out of any obamacare plan.

etc.

etc.

LOL!

NO OBAMACARE AT ALL!


50 posted on 08/22/2009 9:27:54 AM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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