Wall Street Journal editorial board member Kimberley Strassel writes an excellent column called "Potomac Watch" that lives up to its name every week. Her column today illuminates how the White House invented a pro-ObamaCare coalition that took in money from businesses and sent out checks to then-White House senior adviser David Axelrod's old consulting shop.
Rewind to 2009. The fight over ObamaCare is raging, and a few news outlets report that something looks ethically rotten in the White House. An outside group funded by industry is paying the former firm of senior presidential adviser David Axelrod to run ads in favor of the bill. That firm, AKPD Message and Media, still owes Mr. Axelrod money and employs his son.
The story quickly died, but emails recently released by the House Energy and Commerce Committee ought to resurrect it. The emails suggest the White House was intimately involved both in creating this lobby and hiring Mr. Axelrod's firm—which is as big an ethical no-no as it gets.
Read the rest here. If I am understanding correctly, an administration that loves nothing more than railing against the supposed influence of "outside groups" has come up with an ingenious solution: make them inside groups.