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  • Report Accuses Obama Administration of 'Covert and Expensive' Propaganda

    President Obama’s consummate campaign skills just might cost him. According to a report released by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, Obama has orchestrated more propaganda activities to promote his agenda than any modern president — and he’s used federal funds to do it.

    “In 2009, the White House used the machinery of the Obama campaign to tout the President’s agenda through inappropriate and sometimes unlawful public relations and propaganda initiatives,” the House Oversight Committee staff writes. “The Obama administration’s propaganda is covert and expensive to taxpayers.”

    According to the report, members of the administration — including Yosi Sergant, formerly of the National Endowment of the Arts, and Tracy Russo of the Department of Justice — have misused federal agency resources to promote the president’s agenda.

    Sergant, the former communications director for the NEA, used his position — and, by extension, the powerful incentive of NEA grant money — to formally encourage artists to utilize their artistic abilities to promote presidential issues. Russo, a new media specialist in the Department of Justice, posted fake and anonymous comments on message boards and blogs to attack bloggers critical of the president’s agenda. The two are part of a wider pattern, according to the report.

    “The President’s right to sell his policy recommendations to Congress and the public is not disputed,” the report states. “[H]owever, using the resources of the federal government to activate a sophisticated propaganda and lobbying campaign is an abuse of office.”

    Obama is hardly the first president to use questionable propaganda techniques to promote his policies — and the report traces mistakes made by Presidents Reagan, Clinton and George W. Bush, too. But Obama happens to be the president who pledged to create “an unprecedented level of openness in government.”

    “Covert and expensive” propaganda hardly seems compatible with that pledge.

    “The [report’s] charges … if substantiated would create a big problem for President Obama — assuming Congress wants to take this up as an issue,” wrote Ed Morrissey on Hot Air.

    Morrissey is right. As Bob Owens of Pajamas Media put it, “The … report contains enough information to warrant an official investigation of inappropriate and sometimes unlawful use of propaganda by the administration.”

    And, in fact, Issa has requested just such an investigation. He asked the Government Accountability Office to investigate the legality of Obama’s propaganda efforts. The GAO has investigated similar behavior in the past and found it unlawful.

    “The Obama Administration’s use of taxpayer dollars to engage in covert propaganda is disconcerting,” Issa said in a statement. “This new report and a GAO investigation are needed to help shed light on how taxpayer dollars are being spent to illegally further a political agenda.”

    Posted in Ongoing Priorities [slideshow_deploy]

    21 Responses to Report Accuses Obama Administration of 'Covert and Expensive' Propaganda

    1. Dennis Georgia says:

      Could it possibly be that "king obama" is wrong is his hope and change??? He is the socialist master of these United States, he has ruled since 1/20/09. Will anything be done about his lapse in what has happened, I very seroiusly doubt that it will. Afetr all he is the "ruler" of each of us.

    2. Peter S. Simmmons, Sr.. 01238 says:

      It is way beyond concernimg that an elected official of the USA would lower to such tactics while taking too long for anyone to addess the obvious issues.
      The whole system has weakened itself!

    3. Lloyd Scallan (New Orleans area) says:

      After more that 18 months of this Obama administration, it’s hard to understand
      why some still do not or will not realize just what Obama is and what he is deliberately doing to this country. Obama is a creation of the radical left that dates back to the turn of the century. His ideology was instilled by the radical, anarchist movements of the ’60′s that spawned the likes of SDS, Saul Alinski, and Cloward & Piven. These are the people that now make up Obama’s close circle of advisors who’s tactics are more than evident. Obama was groomed because of his race and is the culmination of what is now called “progressives”, when in actuality it is the old Communist movement. They have infected the national news media by corrupting higher education. While we Americans have been sleeping, those that are now threating our way of life, has never slept. Over and over again they have told us the will do or say anything to complete their
      take-over of America. They will not let small obstacles such as the Law and the
      Constitution stant in their way.

    4. pappy86us, Panama Ci says:

      This is typical Obama. Unfortunately, there is still a majority of Americans that do not see this. I still am trying to figure out why someone would want to elect a man to the highest held political office in the world, with only a years worth of political experience in his whole life?!

    5. Michael P. Akron, OH says:

      Very good article, good analysis of what I think many already suspected, now we have the proof. Problem will be getting the message out. This is a great start!

    6. paul smith, saint lo says:

      This should come as no surprise to anyone who has a knowledge of history. From his campaign posters, to his tv ads while getting elected; this person used deceit, misdirection, manufactured "crisis", and other misleading and downright lies to get elected. Once he became president he uses the same methods to promote a "dare I say" communist approach" to all of his agenda… He lies, not once; but repeatedly, and thinks that the people are too stupid to figure it out. He want's to change America from a Republic to a collective worker force; which would keep him in office forever. American's have to wake up; before it will take an armed upraising to unseat him. And he's already preparing for that posibility.

    7. Chris Duke, Richmond says:

      That’s no suprise. The suprise will be that something is done about it, but nothing will come of this either. It will be swept under the rug like everything else he has done.

    8. grunk says:

      Is Obama still president? All these vacation, I thought he quit.

    9. Drew Page, IL says:

      Remember where Mr. Obama is from, sweet home Chicago. Here, each time a political campaign contribution (bribe) is repaid by a Governor or Mayor, there are always signs put up telling us how this project was brought to us thanks to Governor Blagojevich or Mayor Daley, as though they were paying for repaving of roads out of their own pockets instead of using tax money.

      We have seen numerous examples here in Illinois of where perfectly good roads were torn up and repaved "Thanks to Stimulus Dollars At Work". Nothing like using a little more taxpayer money to pat yourself on the back.

      Obama has amplified the mantra of the Democrat party to new decibel levels, "VOTE FOR ME AND GET YOUR FREE STUFF". Unions, government workers, illegal aliens and those who refuse to work, even if there was a job to be had.. To all of these Mr. Obama.says, "the government owes you, and don't you forget it."

    10. B.B., Washington DC says:

      Is there a lawsuit? If not, let's call Landmark Legal and get the ball rolling! This is just one more reason why this guy should be living behind bars, not inside the White House.

    11. Rose Marie says:

      He is a disgrace to the office he holds. He fooled all of you, the media is still covering for him and will do whatever it takes to insure another victory for these radicals in 2012. He was the perfect choice to head up their agenda. A black man. The race card could be used for everything. You can't beat the race card.

    12. Spiritof76, NH says:

      So what; nothing will happen. Criminals will atill roam Washington DC pretending to be government officials. Obama will go scott free.

    13. Dot - Michigan :0( says:

      I've wondered about the ARRA signs along the highway from day one. Do they really need to spend all that money to tell me this is my tax dollars at work? I think I already know that without paying for the sign and the overpaid government worker to install that sign!

    14. Billie says:

      Why, Mr. President? With all you've put America through so far, had you not the anti American, she would be standing beautifully with the respect of your leadership, her people.

      But you have no courage, no respect, no strength. Just devious but cheap tricks, abusing your position, the law and every bit of everything good about America with many of your administration following suit. Taking advantage of the people who reside in respect of her principles and values with common respect to their fellow citizen.

      Why, Mr. President? Please share with us, the only truth you know, but haven't told…

    15. Billie says:

      Why, Mr. President? With all you've put America through so far, had you not the anti American, she would be standing beautifully with the respect of your leadership, her people.

      But you lack courage, respect, strength. Using devious, cheap tricks, abusing your position, the law and every bit of everything good about America with many of your administration following suit. Taking advantage of the people who reside in respect of her principles and values with common respect to their fellow citizen.

      What do you, the NAAcP, the Black Caucus, the Black Panthers, LaRaza, Jess Jackson and all the like minded, have against this? Why can't you live it for what it is? Why make it into something it's not? Why, Mr. President?

      Please share with us, the only truth you know, but haven't told…

    16. Mark Reaume says:

      Fellow Americans, my friends and neighbors,we must take all of the work being

      done by people such as this Good Congressman and utilize it to the fullest.

      Use every bit of information now being brought forth daily to us by a steady

      stream of Great Sources on the Internet and Radio. We must UNITE,STAND

      STRONG, AND FIGHT. They want our Country, but they Despise all that we

      stand for. They, THE SOCIALIST, MARXIST, ALYNSKI LOVING, ILLEAGLE

      IMMIGRANT, ISLAMIC FUNDALMENTIST, TERRORIST PRACTICTIONERS

      that are trying to strong arm their complete control on our UNITED STATES

      of AMERICA. This is our furure now and forever, there is no turning back.

    17. Wildcat from Dallast says:

      I for one am glad that Rep. Issa maintains his resolve to delve deep into the underbelly of the beast we know as the BHO administration as he brings such actions to light for all to see.

      It seems to me that the possibility exists were previous Presidents have done some shady things relative to getting out a skewed message for political purposes however this seems to be more of a direct assault, in your face kind of thing. Even Clinton manipulated numbers or reports to twist things into a form that was unrecognizable from the facts but Obama’s actions have more of a pervasive means tempered with a diabolical aspect. The one fact that seems readily apparent is Obama’s apathy towards the law and the Constitution when it diametrically opposes his line of perverted thinking and methodology.

      There definitely needs to be some positive changes with how the federal government, as well as the three branches of government operates, and, more importantly, get formally investigated for genuine allegations of wrongdoing. Perhaps we need an all encompassing investigating agency to review and investigate such allegations of this nature along with those previously dealt with by the ineffective ethics committees in both houses of Congress. I’m confident this, as well as allegations of ethical misconduct by Rep. Rangel’s & Rep. Waters would have been concluded in less than the two plus years the House Committee on Ethics took playing around with the nefarious affairs of Rep. Rangel.

    18. Apalled says:

      I don't know why anyone is surprised, he is from the most corrupt city in the country. If the half-wits would listen to Fox News, instead of the lying main stream media, the whole country would know what it going on. It's not like we weren't told prior to the election. Absolutely nothing would surprise me about Obama. What a disgrace he is to our country.

    19. Freddie Daphne Albse says:

      Im not a fan of Obama neither am I a fan of congress or the senate,because they sit on their hand do nothing but rubber stamp every thing that he wants to do.Its time for our leadership to stand up and be counted for the american people and do something besides building up their obsene pensions

    20. Freddie Daphne Al says:

      Im not a fan of Obama neither am I a fan of congress or the senate ,because they sit on their hands,do nothing.Our leadership only rubber stamps everything that Obama wants,they need to stand up and be counted for the american people and do something besides building up their obsene pensions

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