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Tuesday, October 05, 2004

White House Becomes Bush Campaign Headquarters

Labor blogger Nathan Newman complains that Bush has turned the OMB web page into a campaign commercial. "It looks just like a campaign site. Democrats should demand that Bush compensate the public for the staff work spent on this design," Newman writes.

Of course he's right. I've spent a lot of time poring over Kerry's campaign web site. But I quickly realized that WhiteHouse.gov is a much better place to look for campaign literature than the Bush's official campaign page.

Check out this page on the WhiteHouse.gov, "President George W. Bush: Record of Achievement." It's not particularly different in tone than that equivalent page on his campaign web site. The White House page is actually a more informative campaign document than the GeorgeWBush.com version, and doesn't have the annoying background music

And then there's the federal budget document, which is now filled with full-color pictures of Bush signing bills, Bush with happy children, Bush saluting the flag, etc.

And then there's the $300 tax rebate in 2001, which came with government funded direct mail letter praising Bush,
"We are pleased to inform you that the United States Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed into law the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001, which provides long-term tax relief for all Americans who pay income taxes."
And then there's Bush's $13 million taxpayer funded advertising campaign touting the Medicare changes, that reminded many observers of a campaign ad.

This can't be legal, can it?


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