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Jobless Claims Were Skewed By Obama Donor

Speaking of manipulating the unemployment numbers, we have this development from the Daily Caller:

Calif. official whose agency under-reported unemployment stats was Obama campaign donor

By Gregg Re | Thurs October 18, 2012

Marty Morgenstern, the secretary of the California agency that substantially under-reported unemployment claims last week, contributed to President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential election campaign, The Daily Caller has learned.

On Oct. 11, the federal government reported that weekly jobless claims were down significantly, suggesting a dramatic national increase in economic growth and a steep decline in layoffs. Jobless claims, according to the Labor Department, had fallen by 30,000 to 339,000, their lowest level since February 2008.

The good news for the Obama administration spread quickly, with outlets like CNN and Bloomberg declaring, “Jobless claims fall to four-year low.”

But within hours, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Labor Department analysts announced that one major state had failed to fully document jobless claims. They declined to name the state.

Speculation among market watchers and economists initially focused on California, but the state’s Employment Development Department strongly denied that it had failed to properly document the data.

“Reports that California failed to fully report data to the U.S. Department of Labor, as required, are incorrect and irresponsible,” California Employment Development Department director Pam Harris said in a statement last week. “The California Employment Development Department, which administers the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program in the state, has reported all UI claims data and submitted the data on time.”

Early Thursday, the federal government finally revealed that California had, in fact, under-reported jobless data, skewing the national jobless claims results. This week’s updated jobs report corrected the error and showed unemployment claims spiking back up by 46,000 to 388,000.

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Morgenstern to lead the California Labor & Workforce Development Agency in 2011. The state agency oversees the Employment Development Department.

According to campaign disclosure records, Morgenstern donated $4,600 — the maximum amount allowed by law — to the 2008 Obama camapaign [sic], beginning with a $1,000 contribution to Obama for America in February 2008. Morgenstern followed up that donation with a $1,300 contribution in June, and then a $2,300 payout in early September.

On all three disclosures, Morgenstern indicated that he was either ”not employed” or “retired.”

According to the Sacramento Business Journal, however, Morgenstern was employed since 2003 as a consultant for the liberal University of California education system.

California officials have denied wrongdoing.

It’s probably just an innocent error.

After all, what benefit would there be for the media to be trumpeting good jobs numbers immediately before the Vice Presidential and Presidential debates? These kind of ‘slip ups’ happened all the time to help George Bush.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, October 19th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Jobless Claims Were Skewed By Obama Donor”

  1. Mithrandir

    This country is just FRAUDULENT from top to bottom, mostly because the people are willingly corrupt.

    I don’t understand how the U.S. has been sustainable for so long. When the good people are always trying to save themselves from the next catastrophic crisis, as there is yet another one this November, eventually they get crisis fatigue, and decide that it’s not worth the effort anymore.

    When you look at the debt clock, I think most people realize it’s too far out of control to be reversed. Most people give the nation 50 years or less, mostly less.

  2. Rusty Shackleford

    And Marty was down, where he lives, in the basement of his parents’ house playing Dragon Fable online, wondering how he could get another lid for the weekend party up at his friend’s house. his mom came down asking him if he had any dirty clothes and he motioned at the unmade bed with the pile of X-men t-shirts and jeans full of holes. She put them in the laundry basket, went to the stairs, paused, thinking to ask him if he would clean the garage today, then remembered the yelling contest from last week and decided to just skip it and went up the stairs.

    “He’s a good boy…just needs time to find himself”, she kept thinking. The other voice in her head said, “But he’s 42 years old. How long does this ‘finding’ take?”.

    “Well”, said the first voice, “He worked on the Obama campaign, so at least he’s not a racist…I raised a good, fair son.”

    And there you have it— Utopia.

  3. Right of the People

    Ever notice when a story like this breaks you expect it to be on of the following:
    New York
    California
    Oregon
    Washington State
    Michigan
    Maryland
    or Illinois land of Obama

    Come on November 6th!

  4. Pshaw. One might as well impugn the integrity of pollsters, Sir.

  5. amber

    Anyone know the actual percent? I see numbers, but no %.

  6. amber

    Just wanted to add, I checked the BLS website and they are still using 7.8% even though it is a lie. I still can’t find the final %.

    • Steve

      Well, FWIW, the 7.8% was September’s monthly unemployment rate, which is separate from the weekly new jobless claims numbers.

      And the new numbers haven’t jibed much lately, anyway.




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