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  • Britain's Labor Party hires ex-Obama aide Axelrod to help in election

    04/19/2014 1:00:21 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 15 replies
    latimes.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | Henry Chu
    LONDON – Setting up an intriguing election battle, Britain’s opposition Labor Party announced Friday that it had hired President Obama’s chief campaign advisor to help the party return to power next year over the ruling Conservatives. The decision to recruit David Axelrod means that the 2015 British election will pit two of Obama’s strategists against each other. Working for the Conservatives is Jim Messina, who, like Axelrod, toiled on both of Obama’s presidential campaigns and who served as his deputy White House chief of staff during his first term. “David is used to tough fights, and he is going to...
  • Revealed: New book lifts lid on how top Obama adviser David Axelrod was pushed out by civil war....

    09/14/2013 12:55:13 PM PDT · by opentalk · 31 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | September 13, 2013 | DAVID MARTOSKO
    •Axelrod wanted campaign manager Jim Messina fired, but he wound up the odd man out himself• Palace intrigue led 'Axe' to refer to Messina and White House messaging chief David Plouffe as 'two strongmen running the Kremlin'• The two men resented Axelrod for getting rich by taking a percentage of the hundreds of millions spent on campaign ads •An aloof Obama stayed out of the way as his inner circle fought a political gladiator game that pushed out Axelrod and Press Secretary Robert Gibbs The man most responsible for getting Barack Obama to the White House – the man who...
  • Cameron’s bizarre decision to hire Obama campaign chief Messina is a sad gimmick that'll backfire

    08/03/2013 10:50:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The London Telegraph ^ | August 4, 2013 | Nile Gardiner
    David Cameron’s decision to hire Lynton Crosby last November as the Conservative Party’s chief political strategist was a brilliant move that has helped revive the Tories’ fortunes ahead of the 2015 general election. Crosby, who helped John Howard win four Australian general elections, has emphasised the importance of focusing on traditional issues that conservative voters actually care about, including immigration, welfare reform, Europe and combating the power of the trade unions. He has shifted the core messaging away from issues that are a turn-off for many Conservative voters, including gay marriage, climate change and foreign aid, all of which are...
  • Britain's Conservatives hire Obama campaign chief in election role

    08/02/2013 3:32:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 2, 2013 | By Costas Pitas
    Britain's governing Conservative Party has hired U.S. President Barack Obama's former campaign manager as part of its election team ahead of polls due in less than two years, the party said. Jim Messina, a lifelong Democrat, is the latest appointment by Prime Minister David Cameron in a bid to win the party's first overall majority in over 20 years, against a weak economic backdrop and poor poll ratings.
  • UK Conservatives hire Obama campaign strategist

    08/02/2013 1:04:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 2, 2013 3:43 PM EDT
    Britain’s governing Conservatives have hired Jim Messina, President Barack Obama’s former campaign manager, to advise them ahead of the 2015 general election. Messina was Obama’s national chief of staff for the 2008 presidential campaign and the president’s campaign manager in 2012. His organizational flair and social media strategy have been credited for helping secure Obama’s re-election. … Messina said Friday that he had “long admired Prime Minister (David) Cameron” and would be offering the Conservatives “strategic campaign advice.” …
  • IRS Chief's 118 White House Visits Must Be Explained

    05/28/2013 5:46:40 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 59 replies
    Investors.com ^ | May 28, 2013 | Editorial
    Scandal: One IRS commissioner visited Obama's White House 118 times in 2010 and 2011. His successor also dropped in often. But under George W. Bush, the tax chief visited once in four years. Time for an audit. IRS Schedule O As the Washington Examiner noted last weekend, ex-commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service Douglas Shulman went to the White House some 118 times in 2010 and 2011, while Steven Miller, the acting director who took over from Shulman last November, himself made numerous trips there, White House visitor logs show. Business as usual for one of the most powerful arms...
  • Obama campaign manager: Why must Mitt Romney be so focused on “revenge”?

    11/04/2012 5:25:23 AM PST · by chessplayer · 30 replies
    Obama says something about revenge, Romney hammers him on it, ergo itÂ’s Romney whoÂ’s made revenge his message. Of all the golden Orwellian moments Team O has given us this year, this one will be hard to beat: Jim Messina âś” @Messina2012 The Romney campaign's message today is revenge, ours is the President's plan for the middle class. I'll take that contrast any day.
  • Campaign meltdown: Creepy Jim Messina slams Romney for message of ‘revenge’ (Panic Mode)

    11/03/2012 12:52:13 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 42 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 11/03/12 | Twitchy Staff
    @Messina2012: The Romney campaign's message today is revenge, ours is the President's plan for the middle class. I'll take that contrast any day.
  • Team Obama deploys in the spin room hours before debate (Spin doctor makes a very early house call)

    10/16/2012 7:04:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | October 16, 2012 | Holly Bailey
    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.—Campaign surrogates usually don't make an appearance in the so-called spin room until after the candidates have left the debate stage. But on Tuesday afternoon, Jim Messina, President Barack Obama's campaign manager, caused a stir among reporters covering the second presidential debate: He showed up four and a half hours early to the spin room at Hofstra University on Long Island. Messina's goal: to rebut a series of recent polls in battleground states showing Obama losing ground to GOP rival Mitt Romney. "When you're within the margin of error, you're losing, and that's exactly what [Romney is] doing in...
  • Messina: Forget The Tied National Polls, We're Winning (Panic Sets In)

    09/22/2012 4:50:53 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 46 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 09/22/2012 | Zeke Miller
    Obama campaign manager Jim Messina told reporters on Saturday that despite national tracking polls showing the president and Romney tied, Obama is still winning. "In all the battleground states, we continue to see all our pathways there," he told the White House pool at an Obama fundraiser in Milwaukee. "We're either tied or in the lead in every battleground state 45 days out." Messina, who drove from Chicago to Wisconsin to be with Obama on his first trip to a state that appears to have come into play when Paul Ryan was selected to be Romney's running mate, predicted that...
  • NRCC hits Obama over Messina’s Caribou Coffee trysts

    08/18/2012 11:26:54 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 12 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8-1-12 | Conn Carroll
    Add the National Republican Congressional Committee to the list of conservative groups capitalizing on former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina’s secret meetings with lobbyists at a Caribou Coffee near the White House. President Obama has repeatedly promised that his would be “the most transparent administration in history,” but the House Energy and Commerce Committee released a report yesterday showing that high-ranking Obama staffers, including Messina, used private email addresses to bypass these rules and meet with industry lobbyists. “I will roll Pelosi to get the 4 billion,” Messina wrote Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America lobbyist Jeffrey...
  • ROMNEY CAMPAIGN: Obama's Campaign Manager 'Appears' To Be A Crook

    08/02/2012 9:35:06 AM PDT · by hcmama · 36 replies
    Business Insider ^ | August 2, 2012 | Brett Lioguarto
    Eric Fehrnstrom, a senior adviser to the Romney campaign, told reporters on a conference call this morning that Obama campaign manager Jim Messina "appears" to have broken the law, based off a series of emails Messina sent from his personal account as White House deputy chief of staff Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/eric-fehrnstrom-jim-messina-obama-romney-emails-obamacare-2012-8#ixzz22PKKy5zs
  • White House officials caught out with lobbyists

    08/01/2012 6:00:36 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 15 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:07PM BST 01 Aug 2012 | By Raf Sanchez, Washington
    Aides to President Barack Obama used personal email accounts to contact pharmaceutical companies and deliberately scheduled meetings in coffee shops away from the White House in order to skirt disclosure rules, according to a Congressional report on Wednesday. Among the most damaging findings are emails from Jim Messina – the former White House deputy chief of staff who now manages the president's re-election campaign – to a drugs lobbyist in the days before Mr Obama's health care reforms passed Congress in 2010.In an email from his personal account, Mr Messina promised "I will roll [Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi]...
  • White House ex-aide accused of skirting disclosure rules

    08/01/2012 4:05:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 1, 2012 | Susan Crabtree
    With just three months to go in the election, President Obama’s campaign manager faced a fusillade of questions Wednesday about whether he deliberately skirted disclosure rules during his time as deputy White House chief of staff, undermining the administration’s claim to be “the most transparent administration in history.” A House Energy and Commerce Committee report released Tuesday revealed several emails from senior White House aides sent from private addresses, as well as email correspondence about meetings with lobbyists purposely scheduled off campus to avoid official records. Jim Messina, then Mr. Obama’s deputy chief of staff, sent one particularly embarrassing email...
  • Why Didn't Romney Demand Obama PAC Return Bill Maher's Million?

    05/17/2012 3:33:15 PM PDT · by Qbert · 15 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 5.17.12 | AARON GOLDSTEIN
    Both David Axelrod and Jim Messina put out the bait and unfortunately Mitt Romney took it. Joe Ricketts, formerly of TD Ameritrade and whose family owns the Chicago Cubs, proposed putting together a series of Super PAC ads highlighting President Obama's relationship with the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Both Axelrod and Messina said that Romney should take a page out of John McCain's book and not focus on Wright. Well, of course, Axelrod and Messina would like that because, gee, McCain lost to Obama. Romney responded it would be "the wrong course for a PAC or a campaign." [Snip] What Romney...
  • FR Exclusive: Convicted Sex Offender Headlines Obama Campaign Event Emceed by Manager Jim Messina

    04/16/2012 9:46:17 AM PDT · by kristinn · 61 replies
    Monday, April 16, 2012 | Kristinn Taylor
    Obama reelection campaign manager Jim Messina emceed an event for Obama campaign volunteers Sunday night that was headlined by a rock singer convicted of sexual battery on a college student in 1990.The popular rock group The Red Hot Chili Peppers played a concert at the House of Blues in Cleveland last night for about 1200 Obama for America supporters who volunteered time at Obama phone banks. From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:...On Sunday, the Cleveland Heights woman joined 1,200 Obama volunteers at the House of Blues to hear the band play a 45-minute set that included its anthem, "Under the Bridge,"...
  • Kochs: ‘Disturbing behavior’ from Obama campaign looks to limit free speech

    02/25/2012 3:11:23 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 2/25/12 | Jonathan Easley
    Kochs: ‘Disturbing behavior’ from Obama campaign looks to limit free speechBy Jonathan Easley - 02/25/12 12:55 PM ET Conservative activists and oil magnates Charles and David Koch slammed the Obama campaign for what they called “disturbing behavior” that is “at odds” with “the constitutional right to free speech.” The allegations were made in an open letter written by Phillip Ellender, president of public affairs for the Koch Companies, in response to a fundraising letter from Obama campaign manager Jim Messina, in which Messina accused the Kochs of bankrolling “Tea Party extremism” and profiting from “jacking up prices at the pump.”...
  • Obama Fundraiser Video: Billion Dollar Campaign? 'Bullsh*t'...

    12/29/2011 1:41:34 PM PST · by redstateone · 26 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | December 29, 2011 | Wynton Hall
    President Barack Obama’s campaign manager Jim Messina sent out an official reelection campaign video wherein he said talk of Mr. Obama having a billion dollar campaign war chest is “bullsh*t” because “we don’t take PAC money unlike our opponents. We fund this campaign in contributions of $3 or $5 or whatever you can do to help us....
  • Obama campaign manager: 2008 model won't be enough to win second term

    04/25/2011 1:46:17 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 41 replies
    Obama campaign manager: 2008 model won't be enough to win second term By Michael O'Brien - 04/25/11 03:59 PM ET President Obama's campaign manager stressed Monday that Democrats couldn't rely on their 2008 game plan to win a second term for Obama in 2012. Jim Messina, Obama's former deputy chief of staff-turned-campaign manager, released a strategy video to supporters outlining the campaign's initial steps toward securing victory next fall. And the key takeaway from Messina was that he intended to throw out the 2008 model and rethink Obama's strategy for 2012. "The 2008 campaign was the most special thing a...
  • Obama's 2012 reelection team gets moving

    03/05/2011 1:03:35 PM PST · by ColdOne · 56 replies
    WaPo ^ | March 5, 2011 | Dan Balz
    The next piece to fall into place will be the campaign operation. The Chicago-based reelection team will be under the direction of campaign manager Jim Messina, who recently stepped down as White House deputy chief of staff. David Axelrod, who has returned to Chicago after two years as senior adviser to the president, will again play the central role he did four years ago. In due course, the Obama campaign operation will be fully staffed and humming. At this point, it has studied the reelection campaigns of previous presidents. The campaign advisers understand their challenges and have ideas about how...
  • Romanoff Cracks: Secret White House Jobsgate E-Mail Revealed (WH corruption)

    06/03/2010 9:01:07 PM PDT · by This Just In · 86 replies · 3,904+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | June 3, 2010 | Jeffrey Lord
    Romanoff Cracks: Secret White House Jobsgate E-Mail Revealed By Jeffrey Lord on 6.3.10 And…bang! Can you say James McCord? In a revelation that will send shock waves through the American political landscape, the Denver Post last night revealed that Colorado Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff has now reluctantly admitted he discussed "three possible jobs with the deputy chief of staff of the Obama administration -- all contingent upon a decision by Romanoff not to challenge U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet." The White House Deputy Chief of Staff is Jim Messina, a Denver-born Obama aide who served as the chief of staff of...
  • Democratic Senate Candidate: White House Floated Possible Jobs... (Romanoff)

    06/02/2010 7:14:18 PM PDT · by Yossarian · 85 replies · 3,226+ views
    ABC News ^ | 6/2/2010 | Jake Tapper and the ABC News Team
    Andrew Romanoff, the former speaker of the Colorado house of representatives, issued a statement Wednesday evening claiming that the White House raised the possibility that he might be offered an administration job if he opted to not challenge incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo. Romanoff also released what he said was an e-mail from White House deputy chief of staff Jim Messina outlining three possible jobs -- deputy assistant administrator for Latin America and Caribbean for the U.S. Agency for International Development; director of the Office of Democracy and Governance at USAID; and director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency...
  • Sestak-gate: White House Offered Romanoff Job Too

    Allegations that the White House offered Joe Sestak a job in exchange for dropping out of the Pennsylvania Senate race echo an earlier report of a job offer to candidate Andrew Romanoff in Colorado. On September 27, 2009 the Denver Post reported that the Obama administration offered Senate candidate Romanoff a position if he canceled plans to run for the Democratic nomination against incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet. The paper said the job offer, which specified particular jobs, was reportedly delivered by Jim Messina, Obama’s deputy chief of staff. One position cited by the Post was a job at USAID, the...
  • Axelrod gives Dems their health talking points

    08/06/2009 7:37:41 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 35 replies · 1,219+ views
    The Hill ^ | August 6, 2009 | Alexander Bolton and Jeffrey Young
    Senate Democrats are girding themselves for a month of vigorous debate over healthcare reform, armed with a new set of talking points from David Axelrod, the president’s chief political strategist. Axelrod and Jim Messina, the White House deputy chief of staff, met with the Senate Democratic caucus Thursday afternoon to strategize over how to talk about healthcare during the August break. Axelrod told lawmakers to focus on reform of the health insurance industry when talking to constituents in their states, said Democrats who attended the meeting. Axelrod also instructed senators to talk about Democratic healthcare reform plans in comparison to...