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Axelrod Healthcare Spam Raises Troubling Questions

Monday, 17 Aug 2009 03:28 PM

David Axelrod, the senior adviser to the president of the United States has now been reduced to the spam czar. A friend of mine forwarded to me the following unsolicited and unwanted spam e-mail from Axelrod with regard to healthcare and town hall meetings:


Dear Friend,

This is probably one of the longest emails I’ve ever sent, but it could be the most important.

Across the country we are seeing vigorous debate about health insurance reform. Unfortunately, some of the old tactics we know so well are back — even the viral emails that fly unchecked and under the radar, spreading all sorts of lies and distortions.

As President Obama said at the town hall in New Hampshire, “where we do disagree, let's disagree over things that are real, not these wild misrepresentations that bear no resemblance to anything that's actually been proposed.”

So let’s start a chain email of our own. At the end of my email, you’ll find a lot of information about health insurance reform, distilled into 8 ways reform provides security and stability to those with or without coverage, 8 common myths about reform and 8 reasons we need health insurance reform now.

Right now, someone you know probably has a question about reform that could be answered by what’s below. So what are you waiting for? Forward this email.



David Axelrod

Senior Adviser to the President

P.S. We launched www.WhiteHouse.gov/realitycheck this week to knock down the rumors and lies that are floating around the internet. You can find the information below, and much more, there. For example, we've just added a video of Nancy-Ann DeParle from our Health Reform Office tackling a viral email head on.

Had Karl Rove, (who was the senior adviser to President George W. Bush), sent out blast e-mails to millions of Americans complaining about the public’s reaction to the president’s policies and encouraged citizens to chain mail his email, he would be strung up by the Democrats.

There would have been calls for investigations and for his removal.

The White House has a lot of explaining to do. How did Axelrod get the e-mail addresses of the persons he sent this e-mail to? How many e-mails were sent out? Who made the decision to do this? What is the White House doing with the e-mail lists and the information that was gathered?

What information do they have on Americans they sent e-mails to beyond just their e-mail addresses? Did they pay for lists? If so, whom did they pay and how much was spent?

I find it very troubling that the most senior and trusted adviser to the president would be reduced to pitchman for the White House. What’s next?

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