Here’s one you might have missed: the Obama Administration has joined a lawsuit brought by a former employee against the Gallup Corporation for allegedly charging the government too much for polling work.
Sounds reasonable enough. Except there’s the issue of conflict, and timing, which puts the issue in a whole new light and as the continues to be investigated, it seems there might be something to it.
Today, Dick Morris writes:
The announcement comes on the heels of a confrontation between Gallup staffers and Obama strategist David Axelrod in which he accused the company of using out of date sampling methods which, he said, generated polling data negative to the president.
The whistleblower’s lawsuit has been kicking around since 2009, but the Justice Department joined the suit only after the run-in between Axelrod and Gallup in April of this year.
In a scene right out of a typical authoritarian regime, Fox News reports that “employees at the venerable Gallup polling firm suggested they felt threatened by Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod when he questioned the methodology of a mid-April poll showing Mitt Romney leading the president – according to internal emails published Thursday.”
That poll that sent Axelrod ballistic showed Romney leading Obama 48-43 percent.
The Daily Caller published e mails that started when Axelrod sent a tweet to Gallup saying the tracking poll was “saddled with some methodological problems” and directing followers to a National Journal story in which a professor suggested outdated sampling.
According to the email chain titled “Axelrod vs. Gallup,” the White House in addition asked that a Gallup staffer “come over and explain our methodology,” which was apparently perceived as a subtle threat.
Fox News reported that “a Gallup official said in an email he thought Axelrod’s pressure ‘sounds a little like a Godfather situation.’”
Gallup refused to change its methodology to suit the White House.
And the Justice Department intervention in the whistleblower suit came three months later.
No doubt there’s plausible deniability here. But considering the administration’s close ties to the SEIU and ACORN (known for their thug tactics) and it’s willingness to force legislation on the nation that its own citizens don’t support, it would be completely unsurprising to see them strong-arming a polling organization that portrays them in a less-than-favorable light. And here’s the kicker – the employee who brought the suit against Gallup in the first place? He worked for the Obama campaign in 2008.
In an interesting twist, a new Gallup poll is showing that Obama got a bump from the convention, putting him 5 points ahead of Romney in the polls. There’s been no word on whether Gallup officials woke up to a horse head in their bed before the results were released.