Right wing claims that the “Obamacare” web site contractor stemming from “close ties” and sweetheart deals with Democrats, and specifically the Obama administration, seem to have crashed and burned.
The Daily Caller reported that One of Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmates is an executive at CGI Federal, the company that built the “Obamacare” exchange web site. It gets worse–they are both members of the same large Alumni association: The Association of Black Princeton Alumni! Could it be more horrifying? Why yes–it could! Toni Townes-Whitley, the executive in question, donated $500 to Barack Obama’s re election–TWICE–in 2011 and 2012. She also donated an additional $1000 to the Obama Victory Fund, according to the Caller.
Could the situation be any darker? Why yes it COULD!. The Washington Examiner reports that numerous high level CGI executives met with numerous high level members of President Obama’s administration. Why would that be? Why would the company building the web site face of President Obama’s signature law need to meet with high level members of his administration? Hmm….
FreedomOutpost points out that it’s probably all about race anyway. Citing First Lady Obama’s “racist” thesis, in which she discusses feelings of being an outcast at Princeton, FO explains that First Lady Obama was just sticking with the black folks. From the thesis in question:
“My experiences at Princeton have made me far more aware of my ‘blackness’ than ever before,” the future Mrs. Obama wrote in her thesis introduction. “I have found that at Princeton, no matter how liberal and open-minded some of my white professors and classmates try to be toward me, I sometimes feel like a visitor on campus; as if I really don’t belong. Regardless of the circumstances under which I interact with whites at Princeton, it often seems as if, to them, I will always be black first and a student second.”
FreedomOutpost explains that,
“She is so torn up with the plight of blacks, who have the misfortune of going to Princeton, that she had no choice here but to give one of her struggling Ivy-League educated unfortunates a leg up. So she somehow threw a bone to a fellow black woman who just happened to have a job at a firm that was deemed capable of handling a 678 million dollar government contract. Whether she did it for the cleansing of her black soul or the joy of a kickback we may never know.”
Cleansing her black soul sounds reasonable enough for most Teabagging right wing twits, right? Of course, there is the unfounded claim of kickbacks, as well! This idea, according to FO, is quite in line with her hatred of anyone who is not a black Socialist. Yes, they really think that.
Of course, it’s not just the MASSIVE $2000 (total) donation Townes-Whitley gave to Obama! A National Republican Congressional committee investigation found $400 MILLION in uncited “insider deals.” For example–CGI-AMS, the company’s PAC gave a total of $32,000 to Democratic House members and an additional $29,500 to Democrats running for Senate!
Wow–sounds pretty damning. It would be awful if there…wasn’t another side to this extremely sensationalist and factually cherry-picked story!
No one will dispute that First Lady Obama’s former classmate is an executive at CGI. Many people from Princeton go on to do very successful things, and sometimes they bump into one another–or are involved in the same business deals.
Now what about the heavy campaign donations to Democrats? Certainly there’s not an explanation for that?
It seems that there is, indeed, an explanation. CGI is not a partisan donator at all. In the 2012 election cycle, the company donated more to House Republicans than Democrats by a 3:2 ratio. Of course, this is not to say that they in any way favor Republicans, either! The situation was nearly reversed in the Senate, with more donations going to Democrats.
But…but…they donated to Obama, right?
Why, yes they did! George Schindler, President of CGI, donated $1000 to President Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012. In 2011, he donated an equal amount to Mitt Romney. In 2008, Schindler contributed the maximum of $2300 to McCain’s campaign against Barack Obama.
What motivates their contributions, then? Power. Republicans control the House, and therefore received more in donations. Democrats are prevalent in the Senate and thus…received higher donation amounts. Presidential contributions, based on Schindler’s donations seem to be in favor of whomever is expected to win.
In fact, if there is a bias, it is in favor of Republicans. In the 2012 election cycle, the largest recipient of CGI PAC donations was Mitt Romney, who received 275% of Barack Obama’s haul..
It is interesting that some recipients of large donations also happen to be on the House Appropriations Committee, including Frank Wolfe (R-VA-$6000) and Tom Cole (R-OK-$5000). Committee Chair Hal Rogers (R-KY-$2000) was also a recipient of a generous donation. Darrel Issa, who has elected to mount an investigation of why web site users were required to register, also received a large donation.
No matter that, it is clear that CGI is willing to play both sides of the aisle to get what it…or “he,” if you think CGI is a person, wants.
So…if it’s not “black soul cleansing,” or massive amounts of money being thrown disproportionately at Obama, and it’s not space aliens…why did CGI get the contract, then?
We would hate to point out that this is yet another instance of a Bush-era decision being blamed on the President, but…that just happens to be the case.
Since 2001, CGI has been the contractor of choice for many US government projects under both the Bush and Obama administrations, including numerous multi-million dollar contracts for the DoD and…Health and Human Services.
In fact, it was a 2007 (Bush Administration) Health and Human Services contract that led to the Obamacare web site work. When the Health Care law passed in 2010, it simply broadened the company’s workload.
According to Joshua I. Schwartz, a George Washington Law School professor,
“This was not a patronage deal. The one thing members and the president do not seem to have is influence over who gets a particular contract. They just don’t.”
In other words, while CGI has no qualms with throwing money around wherever it needs to be to gain the support it needs, the money that is cited has no bearing on the contract…unless we have discovered time travel.