Skip to comments.White House Solicited Millions in Private Funding for Obamacare Outreach
Posted on 04/21/2014 3:22:34 PM PDT by Siegfried X
The White House and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) solicited millions in donations from private health care companies for a nonprofit organization to promote Obamacare, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
The GAO released a report on Monday following a request from Republican senators to investigate HHSs coordination with Enroll America, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded by former White House staffers.
The report noted that former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius contacted the CEOs of five organizations last year to solicit support for Enroll America, which it would use to promote Obamacare.
Additionally, the report links the White House to Sebelius outside fundraising for the first time. A White House official contacted the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) asking for a significant financial contribution for Obamacares private national outreach effort. The White House had said they did not sign off on calls made by Sebelius...
Republicans have questioned the legality of HHS soliciting funding from private organizations since last May, when Sebelius fundraising push was first reported.
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R., Tenn.) said her actions could be illegal under the Anti-Deficiency Act, which prohibits government employees from making or authorizing funding that has not been approved by Congress.
This was not the first time Sebelius was accused of violating federal law during her helm as Secretary. In 2012, the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) ruled that Sebelius violated the Hatch Act when she endorsed a Democratic candidate for governor while speaking in her official capacity as HHS secretary.
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This is illegal. Hey, Washington, anyone interested in the rule of law anymore?
If this was indiscreet, or illegal, or a conflict of interest, shouldn’t some reporters be doing some digging to get to the bottom of this and see that the law is upheld. I mean if people wanted to give money to help their cause might be permissible, but what does the law stipulate.
Whatever happened to the $20B Obama got from BP after the Deepwater Horizon blowout? Where did that moola get to?
I guess no one cares.
First of all, did they get the money? Second, are stockholders paying for the donations?