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Obama-Crony Firm Got $100K For Let’s Move Logo

From Judicial Watch:

Obama-Tied Firm Got $100k to Create Michelle’s “Let’s Move” Logo

November 05, 2013

A marketing firm with close ties to the president got a plum no-bid contract for $100,000 to design the “Let’s Move” logo for Michelle Obama’s childhood obesity campaign, according to government documents obtained by Judicial Watch.

The arrangement violates federal contracting rules and is even acknowledged by federal officials as an “unauthorized commitment,” the records obtained by JW show. As a result the agency that illegally awarded the contract, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), prepared a “request for ratification of an unauthorized commitment” to legitimize the expenditure

The firm that raked in the cash is Shepardson, Stern & Kaminsky (SS+K), which had previously served as the official agency for Obama for America’s youth initiatives in both 2008 and 2012. SS+K also received a sweet $2 million deal from the Obama Department of Education for the “TEACH” teacher recruitment campaign in 2010. Before the Obama administration started doling out money to the little-known firm, it had landed only one government contract—awarded in 2002 by the Department of Defense—worth $50,000.

The SS+K team that worked on “Let’s Move” consisted of the following: Robert Shepardson a partner in the firm who previously led SS+K’s work on Obama political campaigns; Marty Cooke, who is no longer with SS+K but served as creative director during Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign; Rebecca Matovic, a partner who also did work for the Gates Foundation, the Environmental Defense Fund, George Soros’ Open Society Foundation, and the governments of Bolivia and Colombia.

The USDA official who inappropriately authorized the no-bid “Let’s Move” slogan deal appears to have been a political appointee named David Lazarus, the records obtained by JW show. Lazarus is a former senior advisor to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack who previously served as National Rural Vote Deputy Director for Obama for America and as an advisor to the Obama-Biden transition team.

Not surprisingly, no significant action was taken against the parties responsible for the violation. Senior procurement officials simply spoke with the offender to “explain the procurement process,” according to the records…

What a relief. We were worried that someone might be held accountable for once.

We need a better term than ‘crony capitalism’ to more accurately describe this situation. How about ‘crony socialism’? Which is exactly what has happened in every socialist country, from the Soviet Union to Cuba. And this is just the latest example.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Obama-Crony Firm Got $100K For Let’s Move Logo”

  1. captstubby

    how about just using its original definition practiced by this administration;
    “The Chicago Way.”

  2. USSFreedom

    “Great Job” they did, resulting in the USPO having to destroy a run of stamps at a huge expense to taxpayers, due to the designs having chidren doing unthinkable things such as riding a skateboard sans knee pads, doing a head stand without a helmet and a few other so-called safety factors, like kids don’t do these things anyway. Maybe shoulda given the 100G’s, as the Ocare website was, for 621 million to another Canadian company as they’re so adept in doing such fine work. BWAHAHA.


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