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Obama donor wins bid to take over HealthCare.gov
Posted By Aaron Klein On 01/12/2014 @ 2:22 pm In Front Page,Health,Money,Politics,U.S. | No Comments
The global consulting firm that just won a one-year government contract to continue fixing HealthCare.gov is a big political donor to President Obama, WND has learned.
On Friday it was reported Accenture, a global consulting firm, obtained the $45-million contract to run the Obamacare health insurance website. The company is taking over from CGI Federal, one of two contractors that originally built the problematic HealthCare.gov portal, with CGI’s contract set to expire on Feb. 28.
Unmentioned in the scores of news articles covering the successful Accenture bid is that Obama is the top all-time recipient of the firm’s many financial contributions, with the president taking in a total of $286,168 from Accenture employees, family members and its political action committee.
No. 2 for Accenture’s donations is former Republican New Jersey State Sen. Bob Martin, and No. 3 is former President George W. Bush at $164,250. Mitt Romney received $73,085 from Accenture. Hillary Clinton raked in $50,515 in contributions from the firm, with John Kerry accepting $45,853.
Obama has a further connection to Accenture. The chief scientist for Obama’s 2012 campaign’s data analytics team, Rayid Ghani, worked at Accenture for 10 years before leaving the firm to take up the position with the president’s reelection team.
The Obamacare website is not the first public contract awarded to Accenture. In 2011, the firm won a $85-million contract for Kansas’ healthcare database, the funding for which came mostly from the federal government.
Accenture previously was incorporated in America but then reportedly moved to the tax haven of Bermuda. The firm is currently incorporated in Dublin, Ireland, even though its operational headquarters are in Chicago.
With research by Brenda J. Elliott
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