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Obama’s ‘We The People’ initiative bashed as unethical campaigning with taxpayer resources

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Matthew Boyle
Investigative Reporter

President Obama’s new “We The People” initiative smells exactly like a political campaign move and is unethical, says one large grassroots conservative group spokesman.

“It sure looks suspicious,” FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe told The Daily Caller. “It looks like lobbying and it looks utterly inappropriate.” Because they’re not lawyers, though, Kibbe and FreedomWorks spokesman Adam Brandon won’t comment on whether the Obama White House’s new campaign is legal or illegal.

Brandon said it appears the White House is using taxpayer-funded government resources to play political games.

Brandon told The Daily Caller that FreedomWorks is looking into the legality of the new program. “The White House [should be] about policy, not politics,” Brandon said in a telephone interview. “This is a political move.”

The new Web campaign is a “direct reaction to the success of the tea party, the left and the Obama administration trying to catch up,” Brandon adds. “I don’t think it’s ethical.” (RELATED: White House solicits online petitions to shape policy)

The Obama administration’s “We The People” initiative will open up the White House website to petition drives for the first time. The administration says it will post a petition on the White House website when it attracts at least 150 signatures. Obama administration social media chief Macon Phillips says that if 5,000 people sign a petition, “a group of White House policy officials … will review it, make sure it gets to the right people in the Obama administration, and craft an official response.”

FreedomWorks isn’t the only political group to question the ethics of the administration’s “We The People” initiative. Republican National Committee spokesperson Kirsten Kukowski told TheDC that the new project reeks of political campaigning almost as much as Obama’s recent bus tour.

“The president is clearly in campaign mode from his fundraisers to his campaign bus tour, and now more campaign tactics are coming out from the official White House,” Kukowski said. “This shouldn’t come as any surprise to Americans who have come to see him as the ultimate Campaigner-in-Chief.”

What Kibbe finds most “interesting” about this latest Obama initiative is how he’s asking citizens to criticize his own team.

“He’s asking citizens to communicate with Washington, D.C., about the need for serious action on jobs and the economy,” Kibbe said. “He’s the one that’s failed to offer a vision to grow out of this failed economy. In a way, Obama’s actually rallying citizen action against his own inaction.”

Michael Watson contributed reporting for this story.

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  • The Obama Timeline author

    I will immediately start petitions demanding…

    1. that Obama provide an explanation as to why he is using a stolen Social Security Number that was issued in Connecticut in 1977.

    2. that Obama release all his school records.

  • Ferivers

    I think that we should all sign the petitions AFTER we, the Patriots change the wording a little tiny bit in the comments…I believe that we should be able to get more than 5,000 signatures per day…at least it could be fun…

    • Ferivers

      then we should crash the sites…

  • Wcbra2

    Why, oh why, do the Republicans make these statements about the White House then do absolutely NOTHING about.     If it is illegal then take ” him ” to court and sting his black ass ( for clarification, vs., a White ass.    Ya see, all of obama’s exposed skin is black so one could safely assume that the rest of his is also balck like all other Africans in America )

  • Cadwork2012

    I think action is being taken to make sure Obozo does not get a second term, and (G-d forbid) he does get a second term, impeachment proceedings begin right after or even before he’s sworn in.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cheryl-Jessup/100000366944083 Cheryl Jessup

    It doesn’t matter what lamebrain tactic he comes up with, he’s history in 2012 !

  • alpha_male

    Do you have any doubt that his last act as president will be to grant himself and his buddies a presidential pardon for all the corrupt acts he commited?

  • mundakal

    Every initiative and focus of this failed Presidency is to win reelection and not what good can be done for this failing country. Shameful we have a President that leads this sort of nonsensical crap – inexperience, race baiting, arrogance and failed leadership has been this President’s hallmark this far. 

  • mundakal

    Every initiative and focus of this failed Presidency is to win reelection and not what good can be done for this failing country. Shameful we have a President that leads this sort of nonsensical crap – inexperience, race baiting, arrogance and failed leadership has been this President’s hallmark this far. 

  • Joe Diver

    Where is the website where I sign the petition for BHO the Commander in Thief, White House’s undocumented illegal immigrant occupant to be sent to Guantanamo Bay’s Muslim gathering for life? 

  • lillymckim

    Jesse Lee the “Director of Progressive Media and Online Response” an official White House  Position a communications position to respond to “unfavorable” online stories about Obama…the Tax  Payers are paying for this as well! 

    “The Magical Mystery Bus Tour” … yes the Tax Payers paid for this as well! 

    How many fundraiser has Obama and the DNC been to and yet we the people are funding these  programs ..? 
    and now we are funding   

    “WE THE PEOPLE” ?  
    Get on the phone, fax, and email your representatives bun up the phone lines!  
    We The People … the 14 million unemployed … the 1 in 7 on Food Stamps   
     and tell them this is UNETHICAL!  Let the DNC pay for these programs let the $1 Billion Dollar Man   Obama pay for this out HIS war chest!    

     Not on our dime!   

    • Anonymous

      Ironic isn’t?  Those of us who want him out of office see our tax dollars paying for his campaigning.

      • lillymckim

        ironic and fraudulent he is stealing from us.