The revelation comes after the White House acknowledged this week that people were receiving unsolicited e-mails from the administration about health care reform and suggested the problem was with third-party groups that placed the recipients' names on the distribution list.Yeah, but where did they get those email addresses?
Republicans quickly pounced on the news.
"This is yet another ominous chapter in the administration's rabid campaign to jam its radical health care scheme onto an unwilling public by any means necessary," Rep. Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan said in a statement.
Govdelivery sent hundreds of e-mails from senior adviser David Axelrod asking supporters to help rebut criticism of Obama's health care plan circulating on the Internet. It also sent e-mails highlighting Obama's speech to the Muslim world in Cairo and the announcement of Sonia Sotomayor as a Supreme Court nominee.
Several FOX News viewers complained they received these e-mails even though they had never requested any communication from the White House.
The White House insists that Govdelivery aggregates nothing and plays no role in the formation of its e-mail list; it is merely an end-product e-mail distributor.
The White House notes that Govdelivery also handles mass e-mails for Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, both Republicans.I'm on Mitch Daniels' email list because I signed up for it on his webpage. He uses Govdelivery like blogs use Feedburner: as distribution software to get his messages to subscribers. The White House was spamming. There is no comparison, let alone equation, between what Mitch Daniels does and what the White House did.
Earlier this week, Govdelivery's president, Scott Burns, declined to comment to FOX News on whether the White House had used his firm to send out the Axelrod e-mails.Why say anything when Gibbsey's just going to lie for you?
Once again, hats off to Major Garrett for being such a badass and hammering Gibbs over this.