Two firms that received $343.3 million to handle advertising for Barack Obama’s White House run last year have profited from his top priority as president by taking on his push for health-care overhaul.
One is AKPD Message and Media, the Chicago-based firm headed by David Axelrod until he left last Dec. 31 to serve as a senior adviser to the president. Axelrod was Obama’s top campaign strategist and is now helping sell the health-care plan. The other firm is Washington-based GMMB Campaign Group, where partner Jim Margolis was also an Obama strategist.
This year, AKPD and GMMB received $12 million in advertising business from Healthy Economy Now, a coalition that includes the Washington-based Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America, known as PhRMA, that is seeking to build support for a health-care overhaul, said the coalition’s spokesman, Jeremy Van Ess.~~~
Axelrod was president and sole shareholder of AKPD from 1985 until he sold his interest after Obama’s victory, government records show. The firm owes Axelrod $2 million, which it’s due to pay in installments beginning Dec. 31. Axelrod’s son, Michael, still works there. He didn’t return a phone call. The firm’s Web site continues to feature David Axelrod’s work on the Obama campaign.
Ok, so let me get this straight. Axelrod’s former firm is receiving lots of money from “Healthy Economy Now” which is a coalition that includes PhRMA, AARP, SEIU and all the other players that are defining Obama’s health care Socialist plans AND Axelrod is still owed 2 million bucks from the firm.
Hmmmmm….ya think Axelrod had any hand in negotiating any little piece of the deals these groups made with his former firm…especially since the money his firm gets from these groups help to pay his severance package?
Remember the left went bats&%t crazy over Cheney’s Halliburton ties….this eclipses those ties.
But I’m guessing the left won’t go so crazy over THIS story. I wonder why?