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Post Office paid almost $32 million for Lance Armstrong sponsorship
Hot Air ^ | January 15, 2011 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 01/15/2011 8:46:45 AM PST by george76

When wondering how the US Postal Service could find itself in a $7 billion hole, perhaps decisions like this might explain it. Court documents in a fraud probe involving doping allegations in Lance Armstrong’s cycling team show that the USPS paid almost $32 million for a four-year sponsorship from 2001-2004:

Even apart from the fraud allegations, the fact that USPS shelled out $32 million for this endorsement over four years seems like a good point on which to question the other decisions being made by USPS management. If Tailwind turns out to be utterly clean, they still managed to find a sucker.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: armstrong; postoffice; usps

1 posted on 01/15/2011 8:46:46 AM PST by george76
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To: george76; Toddsterpatriot; Mase; expat_panama
This one never failed to crack me up when I saw it (Manchester United):


2 posted on 01/15/2011 8:51:56 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: george76

What the heck is the USPS doing sponsoring ANYONE?


3 posted on 01/15/2011 8:52:08 AM PST by SuziQ
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To: SuziQ
"What the heck is the USPS doing sponsoring ANYONE?"

That is the question.

What compounds the stupidity is that it was an endorsement for an almost exclusively international sport. Let's face it, no one give a hoot about cycling in the US. More people watch Maury Povich on Tuesdays, than watched the Tour de France on NBC in ANY year.

4 posted on 01/15/2011 8:58:19 AM PST by OldDeckHand
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To: OldDeckHand

“Let’s face it, no one give a hoot about cycling in the US.”

I think that anyone old enough to get e drivers license shouldn’t be allowed on a bicycle!!!


5 posted on 01/15/2011 9:01:41 AM PST by dalereed
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To: george76
$32 million is chump change compared to how much USPS has been overfunding the old civil service retirement system.

www.usps.com/news/2002/press/pr02_pmg1105.htm

Evidently, they have overpaid by $75+ Billion over the last decade. One would think that would come close to erasing their deficit.

6 posted on 01/15/2011 9:09:31 AM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: george76
Just doing to the American public what no one else was willing to do. Pass the Vaseline, please.
7 posted on 01/15/2011 9:10:43 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: george76

Sine they are essentially a monopoly, I question their judgment as well. Almost everyone knows the Fedex vs Post Office difference, so no ads are needed. In any case, $32 Million is too steep


8 posted on 01/15/2011 9:13:41 AM PST by mewykwistmas ("Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river. ")
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To: george76

I nearly CHOKED on my coffee! WTF????? Shouldn’t that be illegal?


9 posted on 01/15/2011 9:13:59 AM PST by FrdmLvr (Death to tyrants)
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To: 1rudeboy

10 posted on 01/15/2011 9:23:22 AM PST by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: SuziQ

Steroids and blood doping are expensive.


11 posted on 01/15/2011 9:30:47 AM PST by Frantzie (Slaves do not have freedom only the illusion of freedom & their cable TV to drool at)
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To: george76

And you wonder why those little bitty tiny boxes they’re advertising cost $5 to mail. I heard stamps were going up again, as well.

I can’t stand Armstrong, barf.


12 posted on 01/15/2011 9:32:01 AM PST by bgill (K Parliament- how could a young man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: SuziQ
What the heck is the USPS doing sponsoring ANYONE?

You don't get it, the post office may deliver mail at the speed of a bicyclist, but it's the fastest bicyclist!

13 posted on 01/15/2011 9:34:00 AM PST by Lockbox (`)
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To: george76

Another article mentioned that the USPS received an estimated $103.6 million of domestic value in return for their investment. That doesn’t sound too bad.


14 posted on 01/15/2011 9:34:04 AM PST by Imnidiot (THIS SPACE FOR RENT)
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To: george76

They should have paid my carrier instead - I have only gotten a small portion of mail this week, and that was on Thursday. She didn’t come Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, nor Friday. Needless to say, I’ve reported my displeasure to the USPS for all the good it will do.

They’re going to blame Monday’s snowstorm, but others around here never had their mail service interrupted. Just my neighborhood, I guess. Maybe the USPS is redlining us.


15 posted on 01/15/2011 9:35:18 AM PST by meyer (Obama - the Schwartz is with him.)
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To: 1rudeboy
Let's see....

32,000,000
7,000,000,000

If the US Postal Service was (or is) $218.75 in debt, Lance represented $1; hardly "earth shattering" or even a remote cause of "massive debt".

Hell, if you're all about looking for "debt" and "waste", why don't you concentrate on your federal and state government.

16 posted on 01/15/2011 9:36:43 AM PST by Logic n' Reason ("Don't start coloring until you know where the lines go.")
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To: Logic n' Reason
Hell, if you're all about looking for "debt" and "waste", why don't you concentrate on your federal and state government.

You may not be aware, but the United States Postal Service IS the Federal Government, and they have no competition. Therefore, they have no need to advertise by sponsoring a sports figure of any sort.

17 posted on 01/15/2011 9:43:07 AM PST by meyer (Obama - the Schwartz is with him.)
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To: Imnidiot

How can they tell? Did they ask everyone who used postage whether they did so because of the ads? The USPS is in trouble because people like me fax and scan and email stuff instead of mailing it. My postage costs have dropped significantly since I got a scanner hooked up to my computer at work and if I can’t scan it, I fax it.


18 posted on 01/15/2011 9:44:10 AM PST by Mercat ( I remained nestled in cognitive dissonance)
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To: george76

bump


19 posted on 01/15/2011 9:45:26 AM PST by Dubya (JESUS SAVES)
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To: george76

USPS paid almost $32 million for a four-year sponsorship from 2001-2004:

Ah HA! That’s why every time I saw a bike I had a mysterious urge to buy stamps.


20 posted on 01/15/2011 10:03:41 AM PST by DManA
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To: dalereed
“Let’s face it, no one give a hoot about cycling in the US.”

I do. They got the #1 spot and _lots_ of good publicity.

Lance Armstrong - with his recovery from cancer and all that - was one of the best spokespersons that they could have possibly picked. Can't ask for much more than that.

21 posted on 01/15/2011 10:15:22 AM PST by glorgau
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To: george76

Is USPS management a bunch of ex-congressmen?.


22 posted on 01/15/2011 10:31:00 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: OldDeckHand

Bingo - like the USPS needs to advertise so we know it exists???


23 posted on 01/15/2011 10:57:15 AM PST by DennisR (Look around - God gives countless, indisputable clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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To: Imnidiot
Another article mentioned that the USPS received an estimated $103.6 million of domestic value in return for their investment. That doesn’t sound too bad.

That's using the "$103.6 million saved or created" calculator.

Gimme a break.

What are you, a postal employee?


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

24 posted on 01/15/2011 11:09:20 AM PST by The Comedian (Sarah Palin: America's last, best hope.)
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To: meyer
certainly one person's opinion...but if you're going to spend all this energy whining...why don't you put it to good use where the waste is far greater????

Say....Dept. of Education? National Endowment for the Arts?....Dept. of Energy??? And many many others!

25 posted on 01/15/2011 4:08:30 PM PST by Logic n' Reason ("Don't start coloring until you know where the lines go.")
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To: The Comedian

Just reporting the news.
I can never be a postal employee. I’m a member of a segment of our population that is on the bottom rung for Federal hiring. Too much education, wrong skin color, wrong gender.


26 posted on 01/15/2011 8:16:52 PM PST by Imnidiot (THIS SPACE FOR RENT)
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To: Imnidiot
I’m a member of a segment of our population that is on the bottom rung for Federal hiring. Too much education, wrong skin color, wrong gender.

You forgot to append "vitriolic racist".

That's our Star of David now.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

27 posted on 01/16/2011 7:16:03 AM PST by The Comedian ("Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice" - B. Goldwater)
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To: Logic n' Reason
certainly one person's opinion...but if you're going to spend all this energy whining...why don't you put it to good use where the waste is far greater????

Say....Dept. of Education? National Endowment for the Arts?....Dept. of Energy??? And many many others!

The topic of the thread involves the postal service wasting $32 million sponsoring Lance Armstrong. Which is particularly significant when they can't even handle the simple task of delivering the mail reliably. There are plenty of other threads where we can discuss other forms of government waste.

And it ain't "whining" to point out such waste in government entities, regardless of how insignificant you may deem it. This is $32 million wasted. All of the waste should be dealt with, not just that which you deem important.

Feel free to start your own thread about the Department of Education if you wish. I'll probably point out what a waste that is as well.

28 posted on 01/16/2011 7:45:18 AM PST by meyer (Obama - the Schwartz is with him.)
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