Obamacare Website Company Contributed to Obama Campaign

By: Joshua Cook
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Have you heard of CGI Federal? It’s the company that received a $678 million no-bid contract to develop the disaster that is healthcare.gov. It is also the company whose officials are now coming under scrutiny for the roll out of the Obamacare exchange web portal. But it also seems like those officials are also buddy-buddy with the Obama administration.

According to The Daily Caller, Toni Townes-Whitley, a senior vice president at CGI Federal, is a Princeton classmate of First Lady Michelle Obama. Townes-Whitley and Mrs. Obama are both members of are both members of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni.

As reported by the Washington Examiner in early October, the Department of Health and Human Services reviewed only CGI’s bid for the Obamacare account. CGI was one of 16 companies qualified under the Bush administration to provide certain tech services to the federal government. A senior vice president for the company testified this week before The House Committee on Energy and Commerce that four companies submitted bids, but did not name those companies or explain why only CGI’s bid was considered.

According to Federal Election Commission Records, Toni Townes-Whitley gave $500 in 2011 and 2012 to Obama’s reelection, and another $1,000 to the Obama Victory Fund.

The Washington Examiner reports that senior officials at CGI Federal had White House access. Before being granted the no-bid contract, CGI Federal officials attended several invitation only addresses by President Obama. White House visitor logs show that “CGI Federal President Donna Ryan visited the White House six times prior to her company being selected to do the IT design work behind the high-profile website.”

Two of the meetings attended by CGI executives were with Vivek Kundra, Obama’s chief information officer. Kundra was a key figure in Obama administration information technology initiatives across the government.

Ryan met Kundra on June 21, 2010, in the latter’s Old Executive Office Building office, according to the White House visitor logs.

In addition to the $88 million contract awarded to CGI Federal for the health-insurance exchange website, the company has received a total of $422 million in contracts related to Obamacare since the legislation was signed into law, according to Bloomberg News.

Fox News reported a number of occasions in which the company had failed to meet deadlines or experienced botched launches similar to that seen with the launch of healthcare.gov.

“In projects stretching from Canada to Hawaii, parent company CGI Group and its subsidiaries ran into complaints about its performance,” Fox reported.

“The morning I heard CGI was behind [Healthcare.gov], I said, my God, no wonder that thing doesn’t work,” said James Bagnola, a Texas-based corporate consultant who was hired by the Hawaii Department of Taxation (DOTAX) in 2008, to Fox News.

Bagnola suggested that CGI has been shrewd politically, giving to both Democrats and Republicans at both the state and federal levels. In the case of Hawaii, Bagnola said the company was able to continue to work on the DOTAX contract despite repeated complaints from management and a “corrosive” environment in which government employees felt pitted against CGI staff. This was noted in the final 2010 audit.

“I don’t have an ax to grind here, except I was just trying to do my job for this team and stop the state of Hawaii from being ripped off,” he said.

According to campaign records at OpenSecrets.com, CGI Group contributed $345,600 to federal candidates and parties — both Democratic and Republican — during the 2011-12 cycle. Some $147,000 went to the Republican Governors Association; and $35,000 to the Democratic Governors Association. The company spent $400,000 in lobbying expenditures between 2011 and 2012.

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Joshua Cook

Joshua Cook is a writer and a political activist. His work has appeared on DrudgeReport, InfoWars, Reason.com, WND.com, Breitbart.com, DailyCaller and FreedomOutPost.com. If you have any tips please email him at [email protected]

  • mizhenrietta

    This is old news. I thought you had something new to report, but it is just a rehash of other articles.

    • Redheaded Stepchild

      To some, this might be “old news,” but to others it’s either new or it’s more fleshed out than the articles they’d already read.

    • Andrew

      This company has been up to no good as well in Canada, eh? First, our official Queens representative, David Johnson, used to be a Director and a major player in the company prior to being appointed as Governor General (highest office in the land). Recently, his company was awarded an over $500m contract to upgrade the government of canada’s email system. This, also, was awarded to CGI, even though at least three other companies also bid on it. Our Illuminati government invoked a recently enacted “national security” law to exempt itself from the bidding process.

      But there is the fascinating read of how this company allegedly colluded with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to try to discredit a woman who was suing a senior RCMP’s son, an orthodontist who works for a large employer, a University, and who has a contract with CGI. Basically, CGI falsified medical records, and the RCMP even committed the woman to a mental institution. Our Queen’s Rep, Governor General David Johnson, was Director while all this happened. Here is the case:

      http://www.therichardtriggcase.com/

      Also, our GG has to put his shares in trust before taking office, conflict of interest rules you know, but his shares have done very well, what with the GOC contract and the Obamacare contract and they have a very impressive number of military contracts as well.

  • Cin

    A prime example of cronny capitalism.

  • Jake

    Just goes to show it doesn’t matter which party is in power, they can both be bought.

    • Jake

      They won’t even ask Sebelius about the no-bid contract or the administrations connections to CGI because both sides are in their pockets. Our Gov’t is strictly theatrics.

  • akatom3565

    Color me surprised that the Chicago way is alive and well in Washington DC. At least Capone had some scruples!

  • LetsTryLibertyAgain

    Gotta hand it to them. A $1500 campaign donation investment that resulted in a $678,000,000 no-bid contract! That’s gotta be a record! Must have been having a crazy blowout fire sale that day. When has government ever been for sale that cheap?

    Then they completely screwed the launch and will now probably be paid an additional several million tax dollars for cost overruns and additional work. These crony capitalists are getting good at this government corruption thing. Of course, they’ve had a lot of practice.