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U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (C) arrives to testify before a Senate Finance Committee hearing on "Health Insurance Exchanges: An Update from the Administration" and the issues surrounding the Obama administration health plan commonly referred to as "Obamacare," on Capitol Hill in Washington November 6, 2013. REUTERS/Jim Bourg (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS HEALTH) - RTX152IU U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (C) arrives to testify before a Senate Finance Committee hearing on "Health Insurance Exchanges: An Update from the Administration" and the issues surrounding the Obama administration health plan commonly referred to as "Obamacare," on Capitol Hill in Washington November 6, 2013. REUTERS/Jim Bourg (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS HEALTH) - RTX152IU  

O’Keefe sting victim resigns from Enroll America

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Patrick Howley
Political Reporter

The Obamacare enrollment group linked to Kathleen Sebelius cut ties with an employee caught engaging in covert political activity in a James O’Keefe video.

“The employee seen in the video has resigned from his role with Enroll America,” Enroll America press secretary Justin Nisly said in a statement to the KCEN television station in Texas.

Enroll America’s Texas state communications lead, Christopher Tarango, conspired to provide a list of potential Obamacare enrollees — obtained through the “commit cards” that the group hands out door to door to help them pick insurance plans — to an investigator with O’Keefe’s group Project Veritas posing as the representative of a political action committee.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Enroll America is prohibited from engaging in political activity.

Tarango’s resignation comes after days of public disgrace for the Sebelius-linked Enroll America organization.

“I can’t confirm anything,” Tarango said late last week when reached by The Daily Caller and asked if he is still employed by Enroll America.

Sebelius admitted in testimony before a House ethics panel in June that she personally asked the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and H&R Block to contribute to Enroll America. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation owns more than $1 billion across 13 million shares of stock in Johnson & Johnson, which is regulated by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Government Accountability Office’s open audit of Sebelius’ communications on behalf of Enroll America is still pending, though a GAO spokesman declined to provide details to TheDC about the status of the audit.

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