30 Aug

Google’s Taxpayer Funded Propaganda [Reader Post]

                                       

With throngs of K-Street lobbyists, special interest groups and even local governments pushing for more spending, it is hard enough to limit the size and scope of government without taxpayer resources being used to push trillion dollar-spending schemes. But we now know that taxpayer resources were used to lobby Congress to enact ObamaCare, thanks to an investigation by Judicial Watch.

Judicial Watch has discovered that that from October 2010 through February 2011, the Obama administration spent $1,435,009 on an online advertising campaign to promote ObamaCare, including campaigns with Google and Yahoo, at almost $300,000 per month. Documents obtained by Judicial Watch suggest the campaign’s budget could reach as high as $200 million.

“The Obama administration is using taxpayer dollars to manipulate public opinion regarding his socialist healthcare overhaul while also trying to get a leg up in the 2012 presidential campaign,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The American people should be disturbed that the Obama administration is using taxpayer funds to try to brainwash people simply searching the Internet for information on health care. This Big Brother campaign is underhanded, potentially unlawful, and it must be stopped. As the congressional ‘super-committee’ begins negotiations to cut the deficit, this wasteful ObamaCare propaganda campaign is the first place they should look.”

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It’s not the first time that the Administration has used taxpayer resources to try to change public opinion on ObamaCare. In November 2010, Judicial Watch obtained documents from HHS regarding a series of three Medicare TV ads featuring actor Andy Griffith. The Obama Administration spent $3,184,000 in taxpayer funds to produce and air the ads on national television in September and October 2010 to educate “Medicare beneficiaries, caregivers, and family members about forthcoming changes to Medicare as a result of the Affordable Care Act.” However, according to FactCheck.org, a project of the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center, the ads intentionally misinformed the American people.

But there is another layer to this waste of resources. It is well known that Google is a major contributor to the White House. They invested heavily in Barack Obama’s campaign for president, raising over a million dollars for is campaign and lending staff to help build the campaign’s online fundraising presence. Since his election to president, Obama and his team has rewarded Google ten times over for their support doling out contracts from federal agencies to the Silicon Valley giant and not handing taxpayer dollars to the company to push ObamaCare. One can assume that if the Bush White House was rewarding taxpayer dollars to major contributors there would be outrage from the New York Times but thus far, the love award and the contracts to Google keep flowing without a hitch.

Government should never spend taxpayer dollars to try to shape taxpayer opinion and the certainly should not do so while rewarding their political benefactors in the process.

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12 Responses to Google’s Taxpayer Funded Propaganda [Reader Post]

  1. Nan G says: 1

    Not the first time Obama has tried to enlist propagandists AND make us taxpayers cover the costs.

    Almost two years ago to the day, Obama also got caught trying to use artists on the government dime to ”manufacture dissent,” on contentious issues then under legislative consideration.

    Patrick Courrielche was invited by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to take part in a conference call that invited a group of rising artist and art community luminaries

    “to help lay a new foundation for growth, focusing on core areas of the recovery agenda – health care, energy and environment, safety and security, education, community renewal.”

    During the conference call to artists Obama’s minion said this:

    “This is just the beginning. This is the first telephone call of a brand new conversation. We are just now learning how to really bring this community together to speak with the government. What that looks like legally?…bear with us as we learn the language so that we can speak to each other safely… “

    Yes, Obama planned to make favored artists tools of the state…. for him…..on OUR dime!

    It was sheer chance that one of those on the conference call shared this with the country.
    Otherwise who knows what propaganda we’d have paid for before stopping it.

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  2. kalashnikat says: 2

    Can you say “Impeachment,” boys and girls? This is a high crimes and misdemeanors offense, and not the first.

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  3. David Brickner says: 3

    It might be good to remember that Google put Al Gore on it’s Board of Directors……with stock options …..when the stock was $85!!

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  4. Warren says: 4

    Excellent post, guyfawkes99, and quite true. I think your closing statement says it all.

    BTW, I’ll bet most readers have no idea who Guy Fawkes was.

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  5. Jarhead68 says: 5

    Could you provide the link to the JW article? I cannot easily find it on their site. I’m always suspicious when I read stuff without attribution. Thanks.

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  6. Curt says: 6

    @Jarhead68: I’ve added the link to the post

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  7. Jarhead68 says: 7

    Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London. Can’t remember the year. He was unsuccessful. Every year, the Limeys celebrate Guy Fawkes’ Day by lighting up fireworks, much the way we do on July 4. I believe it’s in early November. It’s been a long time since I lived in “Old Blighty”. They may have abandoned the practice by now, what with all the multi-cultural bullshit they have fallen for.

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  8. anticsrocks says: 8

    Great article, thanks!

    2012 cannot get here fast enough.

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  9. Jarhead68 says: 9

    @Curt: Thank you. Posting to Facebook. I love to post all the evil works of The Precedent on Facebook…BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH…..

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  10. Hard Right says: 10

    Gee, according to the dems only the GOP is in bed with “evil corporations”.

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  11. Nan G says: 11

    OBAMA:

    “It is just a testament to American ingenuity and dynamism and the fact that we continue to have the best universities in the world, the best technology in the world, and most importantly the best workers in the world. And you guys all represent that. ” (May, 2010)

    Then Obama’s DOE offered $535 million in low cost loan guarantees to ”you guys.”
    That’s $535 MILLION in TAXPAYER money.
    So, here we are, 1 year and 3 months later.
    Solyndra, a ”green” technology company, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
    http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Solyndra-Shutting-Down-128802718.html
    Our money is GONE.
    1100 employees are out on their ears.

    How do even playboys run through that much cash that fast?

    The administration didn’t do its due diligence, says the Government Accountability Office. “There’s a consequence if you don’t follow a rigorous process that’s transparent,” Franklin Rusco of GAO told the website iWatch News.

    A bit pricy for a propaganda piece in front of an adoring press, don’t you think?

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  12. Ditto says: 12

    With their propaganda-machine, mind-think media cronies, this administration more and more shows itself to be a Constitution ignoring, power-grabbing, socialist attempt to create a socialist oligarchy. A modern-day variation of the morally corrupt “progressive” Woodrow Wilson presidency.

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