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Kathleen Sebelius admits that stimulus money was used for lobbying

March 12, 2012

  The Communities Putting Prevention to Work Initiative was a program which was created in the stimulus bill with the goal of helping to fight Michell Obama’s pet cause–obesity–and in setting up this initiative it was awarded $230 million in stimulus money.

  CPPW–and another initiative created in the stimulus bill, the Community Transformation Grants–have taken some of that stimulus money and spent in on lobbying for their cause. In essence we have a government initiative taking government (taxpayer) money and using a portion of that money to lobby the government for more money.

  The Health and Human Services Secretary–Kathleen Sebelius–testified in front of a congressional subcommittee that this was indeed happening, and that she was aware it was happening all along. She also defended this action by stating that the lobbying was taking place at the local level and not at the federal level, which she claims makes this action legal.

    While defending this position she also made it clear that it would not happen in the future, which leads me to ask the question; if there is really nothing wrong with the government handing out money so the government could be lobbied why is the government going to change the rules to stop this from happening in the future?

  Clearly Kathleen Sebelius knows this was wrong but now that the government has been caught the Obama regime is looking to stop the practice. Would this be the case if the government wasn’t caught funding lobbyists? I doubt it.

  At least two Republican Representatives aren’t buying her explanation that the lobbying was legal because it was conducted at the local level. Reps. Ed Whitfield and Brett Guthrie have sent the HHS Secretary a letter stating that using taxpayer dollars for lobbying is illegal regardless of what level of government the lobbying taxes place:

Title 18 of the U.S. Code, Section 1913, which states:

“No part of the money appropriated by any enactment of Congress shall, in the  absence of express authorization by Congress, be used directly or indirectly to  pay for any personal service, advertisement, telegram, telephone, letter,  printed or written matter, or other device, intended or designed to influence in  any manner a Member of Congress, a jurisdiction, or an official of any  government, to favor, adopt, or oppose, by vote or otherwise, any legislation,  law, ratification, policy or appropriation

  This seems pretty cut and dry to me: the government created these two initiatives and funded them using stimulus money, and some of that stimulus money was used to lobby the government for more money in violation of the law as stated above.

  Barack Obama once promised to end the influence of lobbyists if he were elected, but now he is funding it.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. LD Jackson permalink
    March 12, 2012 9:48 pm

    I thought lobbying was a bad thing and something President Obama wasn’t going to allow? Wait, that must only apply to Republican presidents.


    • March 12, 2012 9:54 pm

      I thought so too Larry, what happened? First Obama declared he would have no lobbyists in his cabinet but then made exceptions, and now this. His rhetoric simply doesn’t match his actions.


  2. March 12, 2012 9:52 pm

    Steve, can you imagine the kind of damage this administration will do if Obama gets four more years and doesn’t have to worry about reelection. He doesn’t care about the Congress, the constitution or the Supreme Court. He will govern by fiat. As bad as the Republicans are, Obama is much worse.


    • March 12, 2012 9:55 pm

      It is a scary thought Jim. He is already governing by fiat on many issues and is he doesn’t have to worry about reelection there is no telling what he might do.


  3. March 12, 2012 11:26 pm

    This crap sandwich just keeps getting tastier and tastier. Eat up America.


    • March 13, 2012 6:18 am

      There’s plenty more to go around, would you like a second helping?


  4. March 13, 2012 12:01 am

    That code is pretty clear. Any of us would be looking at jail time, or significant fines at the least. What do you think happens to this hack?


    • March 13, 2012 6:18 am

      This will be buried by the media just like it never happened.


  5. bunkerville permalink
    March 13, 2012 9:33 am

    Can’t she do something about her idiotic expression? Oh, right, it comes from the source.


    • March 13, 2012 8:20 pm

      I have to admit, I tried to find a picture of her that was unfavorable.


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