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Report: DOJ Gallup Suit Followed Axelrod Complaint

by Keith Koffler on September 6, 2012, 9:24 am

I wanted to alert you to this investigative piece in The Daily Caller that shows a possible correlation between a Justice Department lawsuit against Gallup and the failure of Gallup to come up with poll numbers satisfactory to the White House.

From the piece:

Internal emails between senior officials at The Gallup Organization, obtained by The Daily Caller, show senior Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod attempting to subtly intimidate the respected polling firm when its numbers were unfavorable to the president.

After Gallup declined to change its polling methodology, Obama’s Department of Justice hit it with an unrelated lawsuit that appears damning on its face.

Axelrod in April tweeted that there were methodological problems with a Gallup poll giving Gov. Mitt Romney a five point edge over President Obama. The White House has long been concerned that, in its view, Gallup tilts against Obama.

Around the time of Axelrod’s tweet, in an archetypal Obama White House intimidation tactic, the White House asked a Gallup official to come over and “explain” the firm’s methodology.

A third senior Gallup official said he thought Axelrod’s pressure “sounds a little like a Godfather situation.”

“Imagine Axel[rod] with Brando’s voice: ‘[Name redacted], I’d like you to come over and explain your methodology…You got a nice poll there….would be a shame if anything happened to it…’”

Axelrod at the time was already with the campaign, so the pressure on Gallup was being brought to bear from Chicago and the White House.

And then in August, the Justice Department signed on to a lawsuit against Gallup that had been brought by a former Gallup employee in 2009.

Go figyah.

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DeniseVB September 6, 2012 at 9:37 am

Sounds eerily familiar how they must manipulate the media into writing fluffy articles about Obama. With hopes the next President will lose that kind of power over the media as long as they don’t resort to yellow (unnamed sources) journalism for their hit pieces.

Just2old September 6, 2012 at 9:42 am

Not the Godfather but definitely the Chicago way. On the national level the enforcer is now the DOJ. What an abuse of power!

Teresa September 6, 2012 at 9:58 am

Will the MSM report on this?

SaveUsGod September 6, 2012 at 10:48 am

Does a bear use your bathroom to go?

Girly1 September 6, 2012 at 10:05 am

From the Daily Caller:
“In that National Journal piece, Ron Brownstein wrote that the polls showing Romney leading the president had “a sample that looks much more like the electorate in 2010 than the voting population that is likely to turn out in 2012.”

“Electorate of 2010″??? Code for Tea Party?
And who, pray tell, is the ‘voting population’ that is likely to turn out in Nov.? Millions of newly amnetized illegal alien ‘Dreamers’ and all of their illegal relatives? Dead people? Who???

DeniseVB September 6, 2012 at 11:13 am

If the turnout for the Chik-fil-a appreciation day was any indication of who will stand in line for over an hour to vote…… ;)

Girly1 September 6, 2012 at 11:35 am


A.Men September 6, 2012 at 10:27 am

Democraps are GODless.

Susan September 6, 2012 at 10:36 am

“…the White House asked a Gallup official to come over and “explain” the firm’s methodology.”

Sounds familiar to the time he summoned the CBO official to his office after he testified before Congress that Obamacare didn’t contain costs. Of course, after the meeting the figures were reviewed again and miraculously Obamacare was found to have some cost savings.

If his intimidation efforts don’t work he gets his shyster lawyer in the DOJ to sue the offending person, company, or state. Arizona is a prime example of that tactic. Guess we can now add Gallup to the official Obama enemies list.

Just2old September 6, 2012 at 10:57 am

It worked with the CBO becuase they’re government employees. Gallup, not so much.

SaveUsGod September 6, 2012 at 10:47 am

Is that why Gallup does the D+6-9 now?

Kevin September 6, 2012 at 10:48 am

Rasmussen poll just out has Romney +3

ol gator September 6, 2012 at 11:15 am

I have a real good feeling that Palin is right:
obombo’s “goose is cooked”.. (hope its more than just a feeling & becomes reality)

MarjoJimbo September 6, 2012 at 11:16 am

It’s going to get dirtier and meaner as we get closer to the election like nothing we have ever seen.

I wonder what kind of mud will be slung at Romney/Ryan the weekend before the election such as what happened in the Illinois election years ago?

Star September 6, 2012 at 11:35 am

I just saw a blog post saying Ryan is OK with rape. And I am still thinking there is an October .surprise, coming.

veritaseequitas September 6, 2012 at 11:26 am

Crap like this just makes me think that Comrade Obama, Commissar Axelrod, et al, WILL find a way to take the WH again. I think the GOP, and the American people, while doing a lot better at hitting back, need to be prepared for something coming from under the radar.

MarjoJimbo September 6, 2012 at 11:32 am


Mr. T. September 6, 2012 at 11:35 am

I agree…this Gallup thing is just another item in a long list (Solyndra, Fast and Furious, etc.) – but it seems like these issues just fade away and no one’s ever held accountable. So, ultimately, Comrade Obama & Friends are getting away with it!

Can’t imagine another four years of this gang in power.

Star September 6, 2012 at 11:38 am

All I have to see on TV is those bottomless black shark eyes in Axelrod’s face and I fast forward automatically. My hand just does it!

Girly1 September 6, 2012 at 11:42 am

That, and the ‘Adolph’ moustache….

KmB September 6, 2012 at 11:47 am

I can only imagine the number of lawyers, for both sides, trolling the polling booths this November and heaven forbid if this election is won by a few percentage points for either party. If you thought 2000 was bad we could very well see this election becoming one huge legal / constitutional mess, such a scenario would have dire consequences for the economy in 2013 and possibly into 2014.

srdem65 September 6, 2012 at 11:56 am

The original charge by a former employee of Gallup was that the firm was overcharging some Federal agencies. At some point, the DOJ investigates, as it should, a charge of fraudulent practices against the government.
Then at a later/earlier date, a WhiteHouse official puts the squeeze on Gallup for polling results unfavorable to MrObama..
Now, Gallup and unnamed others are implying that the WhiteHouse pressured the DOJ to abuse it’s power to futher a political agenda by investigating a claim of fraud.

Nobody died, taxpayer’s money wasn’t strewn about to political cronies of the President, and in relation to the misery of the American public, this issue ranks near the bottom of the list. Gallup isn’t without a public forum and without any political power to protect itself. If the charges of fraud are true, then Gallup should bear the punishment, if not true then they will be vindicated.

Curious September 6, 2012 at 12:34 pm

So, when do you think the DOJ will start investigating something more important like the voter intimidation by the Black Panther? Just Curious.

Owen_Kellogg September 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm

He who controls the present controls the past.
He who controls the past controls the future.

Langley Spook September 6, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Rage Against The Machine…? :-)

Adevarul September 6, 2012 at 2:11 pm

One more Chicago enforcer (thug) with a backup chorus of supporting liars (Gibbs and Carney) who are bookends for the liar-in-chief.

AMR1960 September 10, 2012 at 1:41 pm


It’s been brought to my attention through articles that your future results may now be skewed due to political & legal pressures, placed upon you by the Obama Admin. Because of these revelations I will for the balance of this election, dismiss your polling data, and also convey to the groups & associations I’m party to; this opinion & the supporting literature that it’s based upon.

I urge you to take steps to insulate yourselves from such future pressures so that I can in the future, return to relying upon your research & opinion surveys…