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  • NBC orders psychological testing for David Gregory

    04/21/2014 10:02:27 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 108 replies
    NY Post ^ | 4/21/14 | Emily Smith
    NBC’s “Meet the Press” has fallen to such ratings lows that network brass ordered psychological research of the host David Gregory and his family, in a bid to make him more likable. Friends of Gregory and even his wife were interviewed by a psychologist commissioned by NBC to find out how the host of the flagship Sunday morning show might relate to audiences better. The Washington Post reported, “Last year, the network undertook an unusual assessment of the 43-year-old journalist, commissioning a psychological consultant to interview his friends and even his wife. “The idea, according to a network spokeswoman, Meghan...
  • NBC Hired 'Psychological Consultant' to Assess 'Meet the Press' Host

    04/21/2014 5:57:01 AM PDT · by 1Old Pro · 37 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | April 21, 2014 | Daniel Halper
    NBC has been so alarmed at Meet the Press's decline, the network hired a "psychological consultant" to assess the host, David Gregory. The Washington Post reports: Last year, the network undertook an unusual assessment of the 43-year-old journalist, commissioning a psychological consultant to interview his friends and even his wife. The idea, according to a network spokeswoman, Meghan Pianta, was “to get perspective and insight from people who know him best.”
  • Va. consultant Boyd Marcus’s case shows how money trumps principles in politics today

    01/19/2014 9:04:19 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1-19-14 | Robert McCartney
    If you ever doubted that money outweighs principles in contemporary politics, then the case of Richmond campaign consultant Boyd Marcus should permanently erase such ambiguity in your mind. Marcus, a prominent figure in Virginia politics for two decades, made headlines in August when he abandoned a lifetime of supporting Republicans to endorse Democrat Terry McAuliffe for governor. McAuliffe’s team and Marcus trumpeted the conversion as an important political sign that mainstream Republicans were rejecting the tea party conservatism espoused by GOP candidate Ken Cuccinelli II. Instead, we learned Thursday, the primary motive was entirely mercenary. An e-mail was made public...
  • Fmr. McCain Strategist Blasts Sarah Palin’s ‘Asininity’ on Obamacare (Steve Schmidt of course)

    09/23/2013 7:46:48 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 58 replies
    Mediaite ^ | Monday September 23, 2013
    Sarah Palin jumped into the “defund Obamacare” fray this week with a full defense of Ted Cruz‘s efforts to defund the health care law by any means necessary. On Hardball Monday, former McCain 2008 campaign strategist Steve Schmidt said that Republicans need to wash themselves of this “asininity.” “We need Republicans, whether they’re running for president, whether they’re the leadership of the Congress, to stand up against a lot of this asininity.” He declared that moderates need to take “conservatism’s good name back from the freakshow that’s been running wild for four years,”
  • Failure Romney Style

    11/29/2012 4:03:54 PM PST · by Thad Lost · 14 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | 11/29/12 | Judson Phillips
    We are used to Democrats who use campaigns and government jobs as their private piggy banks. A Republican campaign would be the last place you would expect to see wild spending on questionable projects. Yet in the Romney campaign that seems to have happened and this might have cost him the election. What is going on?
  • Campaign Sources: The Romney Campaign was a Consultant Con Job

    11/09/2012 6:19:37 PM PST · by upbeat5 · 148 replies
    Red State ^ | November 9, 2012 | Ben Howe
    If you spend your time watching politics and haven’t been hiding in a deep depression since Tuesday, you’ve probably been hearing a lot about “ORCA.” According to the Washington Post, ORCA “was designed as a first-of-its-kind tool to employ smartphones to mobilize voters, allowing them to microtarget which of their supporters had gone to the polls.” There is now widespread condemnation of the program as being sloppy and poorly deployed.
  • I want to become a defense contractor (how)vanity

    06/30/2009 1:10:21 PM PDT · by Corinthian Warrior · 36 replies · 3,067+ views
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    I want to start a defense contracting company. I have expertise in education and training, in addition, I am a former US Marine and a former magazine editor. I want to help the armed forces produce high quality curriculums for both officers and enlisted. I have a few questions about going about this. A) Do I need security clearance just to place a bid to do contract work with the military? B) Some companies check out your finances to get a picture of your competence as a potential business manager. I know that they check your finances for the security...
  • Consultant said she consulted herself. So eHealth paid her

    06/05/2009 5:29:23 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 13 replies · 668+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | June 5, 2009 | Tanya Talaga
    EHealth Ontario paid a consultant who submitted an invoice for eight hours of work in which she said she consulted herself, then followed up with questions for herself.
  • Top Democratic consultant on FBI Blagojevich tapes

    01/22/2009 7:30:28 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 728+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/22/09 | Brett J. Blackledge and Adam Goldman - ap
    CHICAGO – A partner in a prominent, Washington-based political consulting firm is among those secretly recorded discussing ways Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich can cash in on President Barack Obama's old Senate seat. Frederick S. Yang, a top executive at Peter D. Hart Research Group Associates, is identified by prosecutors in the Blagojevich criminal complaint as "Advisor B," ... The Hart firm has represented dozens of Democratic governors and members of Congress. The revelation that a key executive at the company was captured on FBI wiretaps working with the governor could embroil one of the nation's most respected and influential polling...
  • Republican leads local Dean campaign

    01/28/2004 12:22:44 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 19 replies · 145+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Wednesday, January 28, 2004
    ELECTION 2004Republican leads local Dean campaign 'My motivation may be different than yours, but our goal is the same' Posted: January 28, 20041:00 a.m. Eastern © 2004 WorldNetDaily.com A Republican lawyer and supporter of President Bush who infiltrated a meeting of Howard Dean supporters has been nominated to lead a local campaign for the Democratic presidential candidate. "I'm basically now head of Central Mississippians for Dean," J. Kevin Broughton told John McCaslin, whose "Inside the Beltway" column is published by the Washington Times. Broughton said he informed the Jackson, Miss., gathering he was a Republican who wanted to see Dean win the...
  • FENG SHUI CONSULTANT BRINGS HER EXPERTISE TO AUSTIN SCHOOL

    01/01/2007 6:08:37 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 80 replies · 1,756+ views
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | 31 December 2006 | Raven L. Hill
    The administrative office in Fulmore Middle School is probably the last place anybody would expect to see a tiny crystal hanging from the ceiling. But the spinning object isn't just for show at the Central Austin school: It's good feng shui. Stacy Davenport, a feng shui consultant, has spent the past two months bringing the basics of the ancient Chinese philosophy to the campus grounds, offices and classrooms. Feng shui emphasizes using space and colors as a way to achieve harmony with the environment. The crystal on the office ceiling is meant to deflect energy. The back wall is painted...
  • Hillary Hires Evangelical Consultant

    12/26/2006 9:39:30 AM PST · by jdm · 114 replies · 2,278+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Dec 26, 2006 | Staff
    Hillary Clinton has hired an "evangelical consultant” to help woo Christian conservatives in her likely 2008 presidential campaign. The move comes after a similar political operative successfully aided Democratic candidates in several states in the midterm elections. More than one-quarter of the nation’s voters identify themselves as evangelical — a voter bloc that has long been courted by Republicans. Clinton’s new hire is Burns Strider, an evangelical Christian who directs religious outreach for House Democrats and is the lead staffer for the Democrats’ Faith Working Group, headed by incoming Majority Whip James Clyburn of South Carolina. Incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi...
  • William Jefferson (D-La.) hires crisis-seasoned PR aide ('crisis communications consultant')

    07/07/2006 4:40:23 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies · 473+ views
    NOLA ^ | 7/07/06 | Bruce Alpert
    Jefferson hires crisis-seasoned PR aideCongressman target in corruption probe Friday, July 07, 2006 By Bruce Alpert Rep. Charlie Melancon, D-La., points to a map as he talks with Congressman William Jefferson at a presentation during a briefing on the levee system in Southern Louisiana in New Orleans, Thursday, July 6, 2006. The briefing covered the state of current levee reconstruction and what actions need to be implemented in the future to ensure South Louisiana residents are safe from the flooding associated with hurricanes. (AP Photo/Bill Haber) WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, the target of a high-profile public corruption probe,...
  • TIME Magazine understands why Democrats lose

    04/09/2006 8:48:16 PM PDT · by DallasMike · 3 replies · 306+ views
    Stingray: a blog for salty Christians ^ | April 9, 2006 | Michael McCullough
    Someone at TIME Magazine has finally figured out why Democrats lose elections. Joe Klein blames the losing record of the Democrats on their dependence on consultants and focus groups. Limbaugh has been saying this for years -- I don't know why it's taken so long for a smart man like Klein to figure this one out. When it comes to politics, the Democrats are still at "Ned in the First Reader."Of course, the other reason that Democrats lose elections is that they're wrong on the issues, but Klein hasn't figured that one out yet and probably won't.Klein talks of Gore...
  • If Musharraf falls, mullahs will take over: Ex-FBI consultant

    12/09/2005 9:45:41 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 15 replies · 591+ views
    Rediff ^ | 12/7/05
    The United States does not want to remove Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf from power as Washington fears that the South Asian country would fall into the hands of extremists, according to a former consultant to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation. "If Musharraf falls, mullahs will take over," the ex-FBI consultant, Paul L Williams, said at a seminar in New York, adding, "However, he will be gone by next year." The half-day seminar was organised by Indian American Intellectuals Forum headed by Hindu leader Narain Kataria. According to Dr Williams, Muslim extremism presented a huge threat to humanity. "The threat...
  • Politically connected consultant, Raymond Reggie, gets 1 year (Teddy/Crinton culture of corruption)

    11/29/2005 3:50:13 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies · 686+ views
    Daily Comet ^ | 11/29/05
    Politically connected consultant gets 12 months The Associated Press November 29. 2005 4:52PM Raymond Reggie, a media consultant and son of a politically prominent former Louisiana judge, was sentenced Tuesday to 12 months in prison for bank fraud. Reggie pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of bank fraud and one count of bank fraud conspiracy involving a scheme to cheat banks in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier gave Reggie 12 months on each charge, and ordered the sentences to be served at the same time. Reggies also was ordered to serve three years...
  • Blunt Hired Consultant Who's Also Indicted

    09/28/2005 8:42:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 598+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 9/28/05 | Larry Margasak - ap
    WASHINGTON - The political committee of Rep. Roy Blunt (news, bio, voting record), who is temporarily replacing Rep. Tom DeLay as House majority leader, has paid roughly $88,000 in fees since 2003 to a consultant under indictment in Texas with DeLay, according to federal records. Keri Ann Hayes, executive director of the Rely on Your Beliefs Fund, said the organization has been has been satisfied with the work done by Jim Ellis, but has not discussed whether he will be retained. "We haven't had that conversation," she said. So far, she added, Ellis' indictment had no impact on his work....
  • CA: Filings show Schwarzenegger gets millions as fitness consultant

    07/14/2005 10:10:00 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 521+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/14/05 | AP - Sacramento
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is being paid $1 million a year for his role as a consultant to a company that publishes several fitness magazines, a deal critics say represents a serious conflict of interest for the former bodybuilding champion. The payments, revealed Wednesday in filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, are from Schwarzenegger's consulting job with American Media Operations, a subsidiary of the company that publishes Flex and Muscle & Fitness magazines, among others. Critics say the contract is a conflict of interest because Schwarzenegger's pay comes from the magazines' advertising revenue and the magazines...
  • Getting started in a political/campaign advisorary career

    06/27/2005 8:31:05 PM PDT · by qawarner · 9 replies · 2,563+ views
    I've been a lurker on Freep for a couple of years and love the site; I was hoping maybe some of you guys could give me some career advice. I'd like to get involved in the political game as a professional. I'm not a policy wonk; I'd like to be a behind the scenes image crafter/campaign strategy type guy. I am currently in IT, where I use my analytical/logical mind to solve complex problems. To me it's boring and I feel like I'm wasting my talents as someone with both a logical and creative 'outside the box' mindset. I’ve got...
  • Masters of the universe give us a billion-pound computer fiasco

    06/26/2005 8:14:02 AM PDT · by proxy_user · 3 replies · 518+ views
    Times of London ^ | une 26, 2005 | Simon Jenkins
    The top shelf of an airport bookstall offers two aids to the male libido. One is sealed inside a plastic bag, the other is free to browse. One is about how to succeed in bed, the other about how to succeed in business. King Greed is as potent as King Sex. And the greed drive is now rampant inside British government. On Tuesday MPs have a golden opportunity to curb it. They can take one look at the government’s identity card bill and throw it out. The bill itself is an authoritarian twitch, the sort of measure police chiefs and...
  • Vanity: Does anyone know who the jury consultants in the Jackson Case were?

    06/14/2005 9:01:47 AM PDT · by PackerBoy · 26 replies · 636+ views
    PackerBok | 6/14/05 | PackerBoy
    Moderator : If this thread is posted in the wrong forum, please forgive me and feel free to relocate it.A jury consultant friend of mine (I am a trial attorney) is trying to learn who the jury consultanst were who were used by the defense and prosecution in the Michael Jackson case, and I promised I would try to help her find out.Does anyone have this information?
  • CA: Consumer group asks governor to fire consultant over no-bid deal

    03/02/2005 8:02:48 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 211+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/2/05 | Brian Melley - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - A consumer advocacy group called on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to fire his chief fund-raiser and campaign consultant Wednesday after learning he helped win a no-bid contract for one of his firms to promote the governor's trip to Japan last year. The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights said Marty Wilson should be fired for irreconcilable conflicts of interest because companies he represents could benefit from decisions by Schwarzenegger, who also pays him for advice. Documents disclosed to the foundation through a public records request revealed that Wilson helped one of his firms win a $212,000 contract for...
  • CA: Consultant army aids governor

    02/13/2005 10:34:20 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 176+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 2/12/05 | Andy Furillo
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has assembled a team of political consultants the scale of which the Capitol has never seen, a network whose leading members also represent outside clients with significant interests of their own before the state. Of the $29 million the governor spent on six political campaigns he controlled last year, almost a third of it - $9 million - went to about 90 consultants who handled tasks for Schwarzenegger that included devising strategy, raising money, writing speeches, polling, preparing direct mail and advance planning. According to the governor's consultants, Schwarzenegger needs and relies on these political operatives to...
  • PLEASE! STOP POSTING SAME MESSAGE ON ALL BOARDS!

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 715 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of FreeRepublic.com's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • Consultant Helps Lubbock Schools Prepare for Standardized Testing

    08/20/2004 6:06:02 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 2 replies · 782+ views
    Lubbock, TX, Avalanche-Journal ^ | 08-20-04 | Glass, Ray
    Consultant helps LISD prepare for TAKS testing By RAY GLASS AVALANCHE-JOURNAL Rhonda Tue emerged from a three-hour workshop on state-mandated curriculum, student expectations and assessment tests earlier this month as excited as a youngster on the first day of school. "I was blown away," said Tue, who teaches fifth- and sixth-grade reading at Guadalupe Elementary School. Tue was among about 700 Lubbock Independent School District teachers and administrators who, with consultant Margaret Kilgo, explored strategies to raise student scores on the annual Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills test. Tue expects to see improvement after bench-mark testing in December. "I'm...
  • History for sale by the hour

    05/04/2004 4:14:39 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 7 replies · 140+ views
    philly.com ^ | May. 04, 2004 | Tom Infield
    Historian for hire: $65 per hour, or $500 per day. After getting fed up with trying to find a tenure-track faculty position at a university, William C. Kashatus (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania) has done what an independent-minded lawyer or CPA might do. He has gone into solo practice.If that sounds unusual, it's only that Kashatus, 44, of Paoli, is so bold about it. Many historians in recent years have given up on the world of academia and have sought to sell their skills in other ways.Want something researched or written on a historical topic? Kashatus will do it.Want a presentation...
  • Here Today, Gone Tomorrow (consultant Wolfson takes 72 hours to leave Kerry campaign)

    04/10/2004 7:09:57 AM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies · 353+ views
    NY Times ^ | 4/09/04 | ADAM NAGOURNEY
    Here Today, Gone Tomorrow By ADAM NAGOURNEY Published: April 9, 2004 Even by the standards of the revolving door that is sometimes the John Kerry campaign, the arrival and departure of Howard Wolfson – the high-powered political consultant from New York – had to be a record. Mr. Wolfson arrived at Mr. Kerry’s campaign headquarters on Monday to work as a communications consultant. He was on a train back to New York on Friday to return to his post at a political consulting firm. Mr. Wolfson said that his sudden departure from the campaign should not be taken as any...
  • Former Elizabeth Dole Fund-raising Committee Consultant Pleads Guilty in Fraud Case

    03/17/2004 4:30:23 PM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies · 280+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/17/04 | CURT ANDERSON
    Former Dole Official Pleads in Fraud Case 1 hour, 46 minutes ago By CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON - A former consultant to a fund-raising committee for North Carolina Sen. Elizabeth Dole's 2002 election campaign pleaded guilty Wednesday to mail fraud in an embezzlement scheme involving more than $174,000 of political contributions. Earl Allen Haywood, 40, entered the guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman in Washington. Haywood, an assistant treasurer to campaign committees that raised money for Dole, could face up to 20 years in prison when sentenced on May 26 and has agreed to make full...
  • Chelsea boy?

    06/26/2003 1:01:13 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 79 replies · 516+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | June 25, 2003 | Suzanne Rozdeba
    Chelsea Clinton, 23, and Ian Klaus, 22, are back on, we hear. The former First Daughter was said to have wanted to cool things down with her Oxford University boyfriend. "She wanted some space," says a source. "But after a while, she realized how much he meant to her." The couple finished their final exams last week and have been celebrating ever since. We'll have to see whether Klaus, a Californian, follows her to New York, where she's due to take a $120,000-a-year consulting job at McKinsey & Co.
  • Top Davis advisor earns thousands as consultant

    05/30/2003 2:05:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 260+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 5/30/03 | Tom Chorneau - AP
    <p>SACRAMENTO - Richard Katz, one of Gov. Gray Davis' top advisers, has earned hundreds of thousands of dollars in consulting fees the past two years from clients that have had business before the governor's office on issues that Katz handles, state records show.</p>
  • CA: GOP's Briggs on Wesson's payroll (ex-assemblyman..now horse racing consultant)

    03/15/2003 7:51:55 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 357+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 3/15/03 | Lesli A. Maxwell
    <p>The former Fresno-area lawmaker provided a key Republican vote for last year's budget, which was two months overdue.</p> <p>A former Republican assemblyman who delivered key state budget votes for Democrats the last two years has surfaced as a paid horse racing consultant to the Assembly's top Democrat.</p>
  • More on Beckel and Hooker Extortion case - including police reports and pictures

    09/13/2002 8:38:21 PM PDT · by PJeffQ · 46 replies · 593+ views
    Meet Maryam Massihi. The 21-year-old hooker recently stole political consultant Bob Beckel's heart--at least for a few hours, at $300 per. Then Massihi (who used the names Tiffany and Cindy professionally) and her cohorts allegedly tried to extort $50,000 in hush money from the Democratic heavyweight (he ran Walter Mondale's 1984 presidential campaign). Beckel's recent run-in with Massihi & Co. is detailed in this search warrant affidavit filed August 23 in Alexandria, Virginia's Circuit Court. Beckel discovered his young consort via the Internet (Massihi's electronic come-on is below) and paid her by check, which proved helpful when cops began probing...
  • Dem Op Bob Beckel in Court Sex Mess... Pair attempted to extort political analyst

    08/30/2002 5:41:44 PM PDT · by PJeffQ · 175 replies · 6,166+ views
    The Northern Virginia Journal ^ | 8/30/02 | Lauren Dunn
    Records: Pair attempted to extort political analyst By LAUREN DUNN Journal staff writer A former host of CNN's ``Crossfire Sunday" and regular contributor to CBS ``This Morning" paid a Fairfax County woman to perform sex acts on him at his Maryland home and was then threatened that the incident would be made public unless he paid $50,000, according to Virginia court records. Bob Beckel, a political analyst who managed Walter Mondale's 1984 presidential campaign, paid a woman $300 per hour to visit his home on June 27 and 29. Days later, he found a note on his car and a...
  • 'Gun sales consultant' seeks OK to run business in home

    07/26/2002 8:12:30 AM PDT · by FourPeas · 9 replies · 356+ views
    The Grand Rapids Press (via www.mlive.com) ^ | Friday, July 26, 2002 | Myron Kukla
    'Gun sales consultant' seeks OK to run business in homeFriday, July 26, 2002By Myron KuklaThe Grand Rapids Press HOLLAND -- Holland resident Thomas Volkema is seeking city approval to operate a home-based consulting business. The sticking point: his consulting business involves the sale and distribution of firearms. For years Volkema has operated his business, "Tom's Pistol Parlor," out of his home in a quiet residential neighborhood. Now he is seeking a home-business designation from the city so he can have his gun sales license renewed by the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. But questions about the number of...
  • At Fox News, the Colonel Who Wasn't

    04/29/2002 11:41:06 AM PDT · by ABC123 · 14 replies · 417+ views
    The New York Times ^ | Mon Apr 29, 8:56 AM ET | By JIM RUTENBERG
    At Fox News, the Colonel Who Wasn't Mon Apr 29, 8:56 AM ET By JIM RUTENBERG The New York Times Joseph A. Cafasso knows people; retired admirals, generals, government officials. More to the point, he has said, he knows his way around the netherworld of counterintelligence through contacts he built during a sterling career as a lieutenant colonel in the Special Forces. The Fox News Channel thought it had found an asset when it hired the gruff, barrel-chested former military man as a consultant to help in its coverage of the fighting in Afghanistan. He claimed to have won the...