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Emails Suggest Possible White House Tie to Sebelius Fundraising

A newly uncovered batch of emails raise questions about whether the White House was knowledgeable about fundraising calls made to private entities by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for Enroll America, a nonprofit that sought to enroll people in Obamacare.

According to the Washington Examiner, White House officials have said they did not sign off on calls made by Sebelius and were only generally aware that she was soliciting donations from outside groups.

But emails provided to the Examiner under a Freedom of Information Act request show that White House officials participated in weekly conference calls with HHS and Enroll America.

According to the Examiner:

The emails show that White House Office of Public Engagement staffers participated in weekly conference calls with HHS and Enroll America. The emails also show that the agenda of these phone meetings included Sebelius’ calls to outside entities, high-level operational planning and more focused outreach with private partners through senior White House aides.

Republicans are furious with Sebelius for making the calls and charge she was trying to circumvent Congress, which had denied the administration funding to promote the Affordable Care Act.

Critics say Sebelius, given the federal government’s enormous power, was effectively pressuring companies to donate, and some suspect she may have solicited funds from companies she regulates.

The administration denies this and says Sebelius’ actions were legal.

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36 Responses to Emails Suggest Possible White House Tie to Sebelius Fundraising

    • I agree. If 10 people came forward and swore that she strong-armed them to donate, HarryReid would call them liars, someone would find that one of them had listened to RushLimbaugh once, and the whole thing would just die out on conservative media.

      If our President and the head of the DOJ can ignore, change, or modify current laws to fit their personal political or moral agenda without fear of reprisal, then their underlings will be protected.

  1. Well of course Sebelius’ actions were legal. This is the 21st century for crying out loud. If Obama says it’s legal then it’s legal.
    Now, isn’t that MUCH simpler than having to weigh everything against that dusty old Constitution and that whole pesky “rule of law” thingy?

  2. OFF Topice.
    Lerner takes Fifth
    Mr. Cummings started yelling!!!
    Commitee had adjourned.
    Mr. Cummings did not raise a pint of order.
    He is still rambeling

        • Good point Playrighter.
          This administration claimed in the beginning to be just as outraged as everyone else.
          I BET this was a planned yelling session, so they can try appearing to be the boo hoo done no wrong party.
          In other words getting everyone’s mind off the ISSUE.
          It did not worked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • I saw this also. Amazing. Now the full Republican witch hunt meme is on via state media. And Cummings rambling on.

      One day, the State — perhaps in the form of the IRS — will turn on the Democrats or some favored pet of the man who occupies the WH — and they will be singing a different tune. For now, the use of the IRS as a personal political tool of the Executive and his party remains.

  3. What’s “generally aware” mean–rumor going around, whispers wafting through the air, people who stopped talking when you came into the room–what a phrase!

  4. Saul Alinsky must be SO PROUD!!!! Every day it’s something new, so nobody can concentrate on any one of them. We are close to losing the Republic. Real close.

  5. Nothing to see here folks. And we’re walking…. And coming up on our left is the bust of Sir Winston Church….oh? Wonder where that went?

  6. It would be shocking if the WH was NOT involved in HHS fundraising. Obama has been the Party’s fundraising ‘squeeze’ since Day One. That’s all he does – 24/7.

  7. Why should we be surprised about these shenanigans…These folks are totally corrupt, unethical government workers, criminals, and every epithet available in the English language for these folks.
    It’s necessary to get rid of every single one of them.

  8. “… we will move on many fronts, any front we can. We will go through the gate. If the gate is closed, we will go over the fence. If the fence is too high, we will pole vault in. If that doesn’t work, we will parachute in…” — Nancy Pelosi, 2010

    “…. Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready because we don’t forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded, the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay….” — Valerie Jarrett, 2012